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A live, two-hour morning news-analysis program.

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California's Future In The Age Of Wildfires

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:07:12 -0500

California burning – again. The region's worst wildfire conditions on record. We look at the devastation and where California goes from here.

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Concealed Carry Everywhere: Bill In Congress Could Loosen Gun Control

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:49:13 -0500

Plus, concealed carry all over. The House passes a bill that would permit concealed carry to come into states where it's illegal. We'll investigate.

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Federally Protected Lands Are Shrinking In The Trump Administration

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:25:00 -0500

The largest rollback of federally protected lands in U.S. history this week at Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. We'll look at what's next.

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Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics For Doping

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:43:00 -0500

Crime and punishment. The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from the 2018 Olympic Games. We'll look at what it all means for sports and politics.

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Gay Rights, Religious Freedom At Issue In 'Masterpiece Cakeshop' Supreme Court Arguments

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:30:00 -0500

Cake wars. The Supreme Court hears the case of the baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Their ruling could change the boundaries of free speech.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. And Maria Tatar Share African-American Folktales

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:07:00 -0500

A groundbreaking collection of African-American folktales is out. We'll turn the pages with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and folklore scholar Maria Tatar.

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When Should Your Kids Get Smartphones? Some Say Wait Until 8th Grade

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:20:00 -0500

Just in time for the holidays, a new movement to keep smartphones out of the hands of children till the eighth grade. We're consulting the experts.

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Week In The News: Flynn Charged, Matt Lauer Fired, 'Pocahontas' Slur

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:15:00 -0500

The GOP tax bill. Trump tweets and backlash. North Korea's new nuclear reach. Matt Lauer and more, out. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Tax Plan Could Mean Politics At The Pulpit

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:26:00 -0500

Tax-exempt religious groups could jump both feet into politics under the GOP tax bill. Endorsing, backing, bankrolling candidates. It's a big change if it happens.

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FCC Moves To Kill Net Neutrality — Now What?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:01:00 -0500

Is this the end for net neutrality? President Trump's FCC chief moves to eliminate it. What could your Internet look like when the net isn't neutral?

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The Benefits Of Silence

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:25:00 -0500

In this high-volume world, do we need more stillness in our lives? We'll tag along on one man's quest to find silence in the middle of New York City all the way to Antarctica.

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NYT's David Leonhardt: GOP's Tax Plan Will Hurt Middle Class

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:43:00 -0500

Congress hopes to wrap up the GOP's tax plan before Christmas. The New York Times' David Leonhardt says it will hurt middle-class families. He's with us.

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'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:27:00 -0500

Why Bob Dylan matters. We're joined by Richard F. Thomas, a "Dylanologist" and Harvard professor, to make the case.

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Week In The News: Moore And Franken, Sessions On Russia, GOP Tax Bill

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:29:00 -0500

More women accuse Roy Moore. The tax bill goes after Obamacare. Jeff Sessions' hazy memory. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

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Saudi Purge, Lebanon Power Struggle Add To Middle East Turmoil

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:15:00 -0500

Purge and palace intrigue in Saudi Arabia. The mysterious resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister. We'll try to pull back the curtain on what's really going on.

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Should Gun Makers Face Lawsuits After Mass Shootings?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:37:00 -0500

On the heels of the Las Vegas and Texas massacres, Newtown families want gun makers held liable. They're in court again. Could this be the way?

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Trade With China In The Age Of 'America First'

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:07:00 -0500

President Trump pitches his "America First" trade policy in Asia. We'll look at what's really going on with US-China trade and beyond.

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Week In The News: Dems Win, Trump In Asia, Texas Shooting

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:49:00 -0500

Democratic victories in Virginia and elsewhere. President Trump's trip to Asia. Allegations against a Senate candidate. And the latest developments on the shooting at a church in Texas.

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Paradise Papers Roil The World's Elite

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:49:25 -0500

The Paradise Papers keep delivering. A trove of leaked documents on the world's elite. The commerce secretary. Apple. More. We'll dive in.

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David Ignatius On Russia, China, The Middle East And 'The Quantum Spy'

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:49:29 -0500

Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius on the President in Asia, the Russia investigation and his new thriller, "The Quantum Spy." He joins us.

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Tom Perez, Nina Turner And DNC 'Rigging'

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:31:49 -0500

We're joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Our Revolution President Nina Turner to talk about the Donna Brazile bombshells: Did the DNC rig the Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton?

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