Host Michel Martin speaks to Mary Harper, author of Getting Somalia Wrong to learn more about al-Shabab, the group claiming responsibility for this weekend's mall attack in Kenya.
Al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility for a mall attack in Kenya over the weekend. More than 60 people were killed. Host Michel Martin speaks with reporter Jason Straziuso of The Associated Press, whose friends were inside the mall when the attack took place.
Kenyan government spokesman Joseph Ole Lenku said that "our forces are in control of all the floors" at the upscale Nairobi mall. He added that at least two "terrorists" are dead. An Islamist militant group from Somalia has claimed responsibility.
It used to be that neuroscientists thought smart people were all alike. But now they think that some very smart people retain the ability to learn rapidly, like a child, well into adolescence. That means they have a longer period of time to learn from their environment — and maybe learn Chinese.
Pregnant women are told don't drink, don't smoke, don't stress out. But it hasn't been clear how those choices may affect a fetus. By studying how genes are turned on and off, scientists say they are getting closer to understanding what experiences in the womb really affect a child's health.
The French bakers' lobby has launched a campaign to keep bread on people's minds. Their slogan, which is plastered on billboards and inscribed on bread bags, is "Cou cou, tu as pris le pain?" which translates roughly as, "Hi there, did ya pick up the bread?"
Claudia Felder spent nearly 10 difficult years in and out of the U.S. foster care system. Now 21 years old, she lives with a loving family. But there are nearly 400,000 kids in foster care, and one researcher says that the problems they face are so intractable because they are also society's problems.
The Common Core initiative would standardize academic goals nationwide. Forty-five states have signed on, but lawmakers in some states are rethinking their support. While both sides are stepping up their messaging, a poll out this month shows 62 percent of Americans have never heard of the Common Core.
After 25 years of teaching French for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, 83-year-old Margaret Mary Vojtko was let go. She died shortly after, penniless and nearly homeless. Her story has spurred sharp anger over the treatment of part-time faculty.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says Somalia needs international help to move into recovery and then toward development. During his year in office, Mohamud has lead an effort to drive out the extremist group al-Shabab, which has terrorized cities and towns across the country.