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Coping With A Loved One's 'Justifiable Killing'

Writer Donna Britt's 26-year-old brother was killed by Indiana police officers decades ago. Amidst the news of Trayvon Martin's death, she is reminded of the unanswerable questions surrounding her brother's death. She talks about the challenges of coming to terms the violent death of a loved one.

A Patient's Perspective: Police And The Mentally Ill

Two police officers faces charges in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless, schizophrenic man, was beaten to death in California in 2011. Writer Carmelo Valone had a violent encounter with Boston police in 1995. He argues that police need new tactics for confronting the mentally ill.

To Map Or Not To Map The Brain? That's Tonight's Question

All over the world, neuroscientists are trying to answer a question: How do gooey, stringy brain cells produce a mind? If you look deeply into a brain, into the 80 billion brain cells coiled inside your head, could you see a thought in there? A dream? Desire?

Beef, Tarantula And Gout: Food Critics Suffer, Too

Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni recently revealed he has gout. It's hard for most of us to feel too sorry for people who get paid to eat free meals at posh restaurants, but food professionals will tell you: Eating asks a lot of your body.

Letters: Dogs On The Menu And Earl Scruggs

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about dogs escaping dinner menus in China and the late Earl Scruggs.

Week In Politics: On Supreme Court And Health Care

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times. They discuss the latest in politics including this week's health care arguments at the Supreme Court.

NewsPoet: Kevin Young Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month our NewsPoet is Kevin Young. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

Lone Star State Of Mind: Could Texas Go It Alone?

They say it's like a whole other country, but in 1836 it really was one. Now, 167 years after Texas achieved statehood, NPR is re-liberating the Longhorn State. From big-hair foreign policy to laissez-faire economics, this is what a modern Republic of Texas might look like.