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

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New Reports Reveal Aggressive Pharmaceutical Push For Opioids

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:11:10 -0400

A new investigation into the role the pharmaceutical industry played in launching our current opioid crisis. We'll look at the industry's aggressive OxyContin push.

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How Trump And Clinton Are Preparing For Their First Debate

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:44:33 -0400

Debate prep. It's finally time for a faceoff. Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump. And the challenges and strategies they bring into their first presidential debate.

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Ian McEwan's Shakespearian 'Nutshell'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:26:35 -0400

Few people can string together words as beautifully as Ian McEwan. He joins us to talk about his new tale of a prenatal Hamlet.

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden: To Pardon, Or Not To Pardon

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:10:28 -0400

To pardon — or not to pardon — Edward Snowden, the man who blew the lid off the U.S. government's spying on everyone. Plus, the latest on the terror attacks investigation in New York and New Jersey.

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Scandal, Sham Accounts At Wells Fargo

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:22:39 -0400

A $185 million dollar fine for Wells Fargo. Sham accounts. 5000-plus employees fired and a huge payout going to the executive in charge. We'll dig in to the banking scandal.

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The Buried, Secret Lives Of Trees

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:21:33 -0400

The secret life of trees. They talk to each other, says forester Peter Wohlleben. They have families. We'll sit down with the tree whisperer.

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The Greatest American Television Shows, Ranked

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:02:13 -0400

Just in time for the fall TV rollout, two critics rank the 100 greatest American television shows of all time — and check out the new season.

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Week In The News: Clinton And Trump Talk Foreign Policy, Obama Visits Asia

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:26:23 -0400

This week, candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton discussed commander in chief work, President Obama visited Asia and Mother Teresa was declared a saint.

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Lawrence Wright On The Post-9/11 Rise Of Terror

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:05:18 -0400

Fifteen years after the attacks of 9/11, we'll sit down with Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright to take stock of where we've come, where we are in the age of terrorism.

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'Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman': Conservation In America's Heartland

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:28:17 -0400

The new conservationists of the Mississippi River watershed: stories of ranchers, farmers and fishermen trying to do the right thing- ecologically- in the country's heartland.

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The New Frontier Of Human Organ Transplants

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:52:18 -0400

Human transplants. Hand, face, uterus, even head transplants in the news now. We'll look at the widening frontier of transplant surgeries.

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The 'Hidden Figures' Who Helped NASA Win The Space Race

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:22:21 -0400

The untold story of the black women — mathematicians — who helped NASA win the space race. We'll talk to the author of "Hidden Figures."

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The State Of Play Two Months Before The General Election

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:56:20 -0400

Two months until Election Day. We'll check in with top political watchers across the United States on where the race really stands, and what they see coming.

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Week In The News: Trump's Immigration Plan, Chicago Murder Crisis, Brazilian Impeachment

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:22:22 -0400

Clinton's lead narrows. Trump doubles down on immigration. Chicago's murder rate spirals. Brazil's president impeached. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Colin Kaepernick's Protest And Modern Patriotism

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:04:18 -0400

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's sits during the national anthem. We'll unpack the controversy and message from all sides.

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The Future Of Scientific Discovery

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:40:12 -0400

Science is in trouble. More and more research findings turning out to be mistakes or useless. Can science be saved from itself?

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Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings And The University Of Chicago

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:16:29 -0400

The University of Chicago is the latest school to push back against trigger warnings and safe spaces. We'll look at the debate over political correctness on campus.

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The Global Race To Stop And Cure Zika

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:02:22 -0400

Forty one cases confirmed in Singapore. Calls to test all blood donations in the U.S. The latest global efforts to stop Zika.

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Week In The News: Trump's Immigration Flip, Clinton Foundation Flap, Italian Quake

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:20:21 -0400

Italy's deadly earthquakes. Trump's flip on immigration. New questions about the Clinton Foundation. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Bob Fosse: Troubled, Turbulent Icon

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:10:09 -0400

A big biography of Broadway dance king Bob Fosse – of "Chicago," the film "Cabaret," "All That Jazz" – opens up a turbulent life.

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The American Cocktail Renaissance

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:57:51 -0400

Move over beer and wine, cocktails are back with a twist. We'll sip – very responsibly — into the cocktail renaissance.

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Blended Families, And How They Work

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:05:55 -0400

When 40 percent of new marriages are re-marriages. We'll unpack what it really takes to blend two families. It's not the Brady Bunch.

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