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"I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the Earth might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored."

—Albert Einstein (1875-1955) German-born American theoretical physicist, theories of relativity, philosopher


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Soldier With PTSD, Woman Who Lost Husband To It, Find Solace Together  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:33:55 -0500
When Michael Pelkey returned from Iraq, "his light was gone," says former Army Cpt. Stephanie Pelkey. Her friend, Army Sgt. T.J. Hart, says he barely survived the numbness that led Pelkey away. 
Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:31:30 -0500
A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer? 
In Qatar, Released Taliban Member Raises U.S. Concerns  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:16:44 -0500
There are new suspicions that one of the men released from a U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last year might be trying to contact Taliban fighters. 
Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:30:00 -0500
Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend. 
The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:17:00 -0500
The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation's top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage. 
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:09:00 -0500
Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel. 
Is There A #PubRadioVoice That Sounds Like America?  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:00 -0500
Earlier this week, we hosted a Twitter chat that tackled questions about diversity in public radio and the pressure some journalists of color feel to sound "white." 
Seahawk Cornerback's Baby Could Make A Touchdown During Super Bowl  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:54:42 -0500
As if the Super Bowl didn't have enough drama, Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman's girlfriend is pregnant and expecting to give birth in the coming days. 
'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:24 -0500
The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton
Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Silence Becomes The Story  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:24 -0500
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made clear he doesn't like talking to the media. But has his stance helped or hurt his Beast Mode image? 
Week In Politics: Romney, Koch Brothers, Budget  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:24 -0500
Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president in 2016, the Koch brothers' plan to spend nearly $900 million dollars on campaigns and next week's budget proposal. 
Romney Ends Flirtation With 2016 Presidential Run  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:00 -0500
After flirting with a third run for president, Mitt Romney now says he won't run in 2016. What does that mean for the rest of the GOP field? 
By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:00 -0500
Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself. 
The True Costs Of Community College  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:00 -0500
President Obama has proposed making tuition at community colleges free. But Youth Radio reporter Tylyn Hardamon found that paying for school is just one of many challenges facing today's students. 
Ohio Man's IRS Drama The Plight Of The Living Dead  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:34:55 -0500
We explore the case of 94-year-old Siegfried Meinstein. The Internal Revenue Service thinks the Ohio man is dead. They blame the error on the Social Security Administration, but the agency pushes the blame back on the IRS.