Host Michel Martin looks at the Pentagon's new policy to open combat positions to women with Representative Tammy Duckworth. The Illinois Democrat lost both her legs as a helicopter pilot in Iraq, and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
The fact that President Obama's second inauguration took place on the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday felt right to many people, but some critics say the comparison is all wrong. Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news.
Putting guns in schools may make people think more of Terminator than teaching. But Emily Richmond of the National Education Writers Association says that it's time to step back from the hysteria. She talks to host Michel Martin about practical ways to make schools safer.
Israel, Germany and Canada are among the countries that have marched down the path the U.S. will soon follow in allowing women a role in front-line combat units. And experts say the integration of women elsewhere has gone smoothly, despite concerns.
The suspected leader of last week's deadly attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria was until recently the head of an al-Qaida affiliate. Director of the Brookings Intelligence Project Bruce Riedel tells Renee Montagne the group is the fastest-growing al-Qaida franchise in the world.
Melissa Block talks to Col. Ellen Haring about the announcement of the end to the ban on women in combat. Haring is one of two women in the Army Reserves who filed a lawsuit last year against the Department of Defense seeking to reverse the ban.
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