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Mardi Gras Merriment Beyond Bourbon Street Festivities

Chasing chickens, catching MoonPies or towing your fishing boat as a parade float — those are just a few of the lesser-known traditions of Mardi Gras you'll find in towns across the Southeast.

Cruise Ship Triumph Now Being Towed To Alabama; Investigation Announced

Passengers on the cruise ship Triumph, set adrift Sunday after an engine fire, must now wait until Thursday before what was billed as a four-day cruise finally ends. Strong currents pushed the ship an extra 90 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, foiling plans to tow it to Progreso, Mexico. The ship is now headed for Mobile, Alabama.

Meet The Calas, A New Orleans Tradition That Helped Free Slaves

A path to freedom for enslaved blacks, an engine of economic independence, a treat for Mardi Gras revelers. Once you know the fascinating history of this Creole rice fritter, beignets will seem boring by comparison.

Dads Weigh In On Why Boys Fall Behind

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation about why boys fall behind in school. She speaks with a group of parents and experts: author Christina Hoff Sommers, New York University education professor Pedro Noguera, University of Virginia Dean Bob Pianta, and Glenn Ivey, father of five boys.

What to Expect From The President

Even with the election behind him, the stakes are still high for President Obama, with his State of the Union speech. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Democratic speechwriter, Paul Orzulak and Republican strategist, Ron Christie, about what it will take for the President to hit the right notes.

Boys Are At The Back Of The Class

Boys are lagging behind girls in school; on average, they get worse grades, take fewer advanced classes and are less likely to graduate. To find out why boys are taking a back seat in education, host Michel Martin speaks with Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of 'The War Against Boys.'