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Secret Genius

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:11pm

We hear about Latino stars you may have never heard of: Romeo Santos, the king of bachata; Chicharito Hernandez, one of the most popular Mexican soccer players; and YouTube star Bethany Mota.

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Not Genius Enough

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:11pm

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart spent the last year trying to convince fellow Republicans to support immigration reform. He failed. Reporter Matt Laslo asks why.

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Getting Ahead with Physics

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:11pm

In 2012, over a quarter of the Latino students that passed a California AP physics exam came from one classroom. We hear from the class' teacher, and one of his students about what it takes.

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Defining Intelligence

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:11pm

What are we really talking about when we measure intelligence? We take a look at the so-called "achievement gap."

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With No Plan From Congress, Homeland Security Improvises

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:50pm

More than $400 million is being moved from other programs to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection from running out of money.

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If A Water Main Isn't Broke, Don't Fix It (For 300 Years?)

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:49pm

Recent water-related problems in Los Angeles and Ohio have put a focus on infrastructure. Many of the pipes in the U.S. are more than 100 years old and may not be replaced for another 100 years.

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'We Must Act Now, And Heavily, To Contain This Disease'

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:44pm

Saran Daraba Kaba, the executive secretary of the Mano River Union, talks to Melissa Block about efforts to control the spread of the Ebola virus.

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A Summer School Math Problem: How To Fit A Full Year In 5 Weeks?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:34pm

It's a nightmare borne by many kids: summer school. Within five weeks, students are expected to complete a course that would otherwise be conducted over a whole year.

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Preventing HIV With Medicine Can Carry A Stigma

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:25pm

No doctor would refuse to prescribe cholesterol-lowering statins to patients because they're overweight. But despite guidelines, some doctors aren't offering preventive drugs to those at risk for HIV.

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WHO Warns That Ebola Outbreak Won't End Without International Help

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:05pm

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan took this step after a unanimous vote by an advisory committee of infectious disease experts.

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In France, The Seeds Of A Hatred Renewed

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:05pm

Many Jews say that there has been a rise in anti-Semitism in France. What is the nature of this new wave of hatred for Jews, and who — or what — is the cause of it?

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The Shaggy Story Of A Real-Life 'Dog'

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:31pm

Critic Bob Mondello says The Dog, a quirky, eye-opening documentary about the bank robber who inspired Dog Day Afternoon, will leave you "alternately amused and slack-jawed in astonishment."

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Dry Western U.S. May Not Get Help From El Niño, Forecasters Say

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:17pm

Some Californians had been hoping El Niño would break the state out of a drought. But a government expert says of the prospect of a strong El Niño, "It's a flop."

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Jaki Byard, A Post-Bebop Pianist Who Was A Master Of Stride Piano

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:43pm

On The Late Show, a set of previously unheard solo music from 1979, the jazz pianist employs techniques like suspenseful dropouts. He had a rare ability to sound archaic — and way ahead of his time.

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In The Irish Film 'Cavalry,' A Priest's Crisis Of Faith Is Weirdly Jokey

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:43pm

John Michael McDonagh's new movie stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest who must eventually face off against a killer. It's excruciatingly obvious and inept, but Gleeson brings it alive.

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For Novelist Jonathan Lethem, Radicalism Runs In The Family

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:42pm

His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own story. Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2013.

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Iselle Lashes Hawaii's Big Island As Threat From Julio Fades

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:15pm

Hurricane Iselle weakened to a tropical storm before it barreled ashore early Friday with strong winds and heavy rains. Hurricane Julio, meanwhile, appears to be weakening and veering north.

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In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are Too Black Don't Gentrify

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:52pm

A recent study reviewed places in Chicago that seemed to be undergoing gentrification two decades ago, and found that the process had slowed or stopped for those that were at least 40 percent black.

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A Group Of 29 State Attorneys General Ask FDA To Strengthen E-Cig Regulations

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:51pm

The attorneys recommend that the FDA ban flavored electronic cigarettes and restrict advertising in the same way it does for traditional cigarettes.

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On Stage: Christian Rap At Rap Fest

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:50pm

In our weekly look at performances around the country, we visit a Christian rap festival in the Bronx, now in its 21st year.

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