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Congressman Pushes Income-Based Student Loan Plan

A plan to pay down student debt with taxes on the wealthy failed this week in the Senate. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., tells NPR's Rachel Martin about another plan he's been pushing for years.

More Than A Vacation: Family Hikes The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is more than 2,000 miles long, stretching from Georgia to Maine. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the four members of the Kallin family, who are walking the entire length of it.

The Pros And Cons Of U.S. Air Strikes In Northern Iraq

Retired Col. Peter Mansoor was an aide to Gen. David Petraeus during the U.S. surge in Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon asks him to weigh in on U.S. military options now, with Iraq fracturing.

When Cop Calls Involve The Mentally Ill, Training Is Key

Increasingly, law enforcement has become the first line of contact for people with serious mental illness in crisis. Approximately 10 percent of police calls involve someone who is mentally ill, and how officers handle these calls can make the difference between life and death. Michael Woody, retired police officer and president of CIT International, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about what he has learned about how to best handle those situations.

Before Vegas Shooting, Couple Traveled To Bundy Ranch Stand-Off

Last weekend, news was focused on Las Vegas, where a husband and wife went on a shooting spree. We've since learned that the couple spent time at an armed stand-off on the cattle ranch east of Las Vegas owned by Cliven Bundy. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Kirk Siegler about the shootings and his trip to the Bundy Ranch.

The 'Kony 2012' Effect: Recovering From A Viral Sensation

The group Invisible Children shot to fame after its video "Kony 2012" went viral. The success led to a backlash, and now the organization must redefine its mission and its future.

50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle

Thousands of civil rights activists descended upon Mississippi in 1964 to help register African-American voters. For many, the first stop was intensive training — including how to take a beating.

Town Shoots For Tacky World Record In Duck Tape Festival

Get ready for the 11th Annual Duck Tape Festival, sponsored by the company that makes duct tape. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Mel Rainey of Elyria High School about creatively using the sticky stuff.

Obama Takes A Trip To A Sioux Indian Reservation

President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Scott Davis, director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, about his visit.

After Isolation, Bergdahl Likely Faces A Long Recovery

The medical team helping Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl reintegrate into the Army says he is learning to make all the daily decisions he was denied during his imprisonment by the Taliban.