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Musician Joni Mitchell Is 'Awake And In Good Spirits' In Intensive Care

After being found found unconscious in her home Tuesday afternoon, folk music icon Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

World's Oldest Person Dies At Age 117

She was born in 1898. And now comes word that Japan's Misao Okawa has died at age 117. She had been the world's oldest person since 2013, according to Guinness World Records.

Iran Nuclear Talks: Varied Signs Of Agreement On An Agreement

Diplomats from the seven countries involved are sending mixed signals, one day after the deadline lapsed for reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

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The Opposite Of The Dean's List

The Education Department says it's keeping a close eye on 556 colleges and universities that do a poor job of complying with federal regulations and handling federal financial aid.

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Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way

Omar Shekhey left engineering to start a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab — and often gives the money to families to help them settle in.

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Tobacco Firm Seeks Softer Warning For Cigarette Alternative

The product is called snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. A Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

Closing Arguments To Begin Monday In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Because of holidays and judicial housekeeping duties, the trial won't resume until next week.

READ: Commutation Letter President Obama Sent To Inmate

President Obama commuted 22 sentences for federal prisoners serving time for drug-related crimes. He said that under current laws, those inmates would have already been released.

Oversight Committee Issues Subpoena To 2 Secret Service Agents

The Secret Service, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, is refusing to allow his committee to interview two agents involved in the investigation of a potential bomb near the White House.

Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights

Two of the state's largest tribes win class action lawsuit alleging that the state routinely put their children in foster care without due process

Buried Secrets In Mary Louise Kelly’s New Novel, ‘The Bullet’

March 31, 2015
Mary Louise Kelly, the author of "The Bullet." (Courtesy Katarina Price)

Imagine if, at the age of 37, everything you thought you knew about your background turned out not to be true. That’s the premise of Mary Louise Kelly’s new thriller, “The Bullet.”

Shedding New Light On Lady Day

March 31, 2015
Jazz icon Billie Holiday performs in New York City's Club Downbeat in February 1947.  (Library of Congress / Creative Commons)

A meditation on the life and music of Billie Holiday. The lady who sang the blues.

Unveiling The Pain Of Secondary Trauma Victims

March 30, 2015
Mac McClelland is author of "Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story." (Joey Shemuel)

Mac McClelland was diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing another woman’s horror at being brutally assaulted. She joins us to explain why she didn’t believe the diagnosis, at first.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

March 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

How To Get Fit, For Less

March 27, 2015
Members of  a November Project 'tribe' pause during a November 2014 workout. (Brogan Graham / Instagram)

Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you’ll want to do.

Key West Honors Its Other Famous Writer

March 26, 2015
Tennessee Williams' library card (WLRN)

Most people think of Ernest Hemingway when they think of famous Key West writers, but Tennessee Williams lived there much longer.

Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already

March 26, 2015
A child walks through a forest landscape. (Rudolf Vlček / Flickr)

American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the “wild child.”

Our Protest-Free New Gilded Age

March 26, 2015
In this file photo, protesters sit at the intersection of Wall St. and Broad St. in New York, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The protesters, many who were affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, were trying to draw attention to the connection between capitalism and environmental destruction. (AP)

In our age of hyper-inequality, historian Steve Fraser asks when the little guy stands up and says “enough.” He’s with us.

America, Versus Itself

March 25, 2015
In this file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, shows the way to the guests who attended the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP)

Is America now its own worst enemy? Blowing a future that should be good? Harvard’s Joseph Nye and the New Yorker’s John Cassidy join us.

A Darker Side To ‘Happily Ever After’

March 24, 2015
Alcázar de Segovia - Castilla y León - España. (Iapidim/Flickr)

We talk to folklore expert Maria Tatar about a recently unearthed collection of 19th century fairy tales that she’s translated into modern English.

Interweaving Family History With Healthy Soul Food

March 23, 2015
Alice (left) and her daughter Caroline (right) wove their new healthy soul food recipe and family histories into the book 'Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family.' (Penny De Los Santos)

The mother-daughter team of Alice and Caroline Randall write a memoir-cookbook that dives into the often fraught relationship black women have with the kitchen.

The Sweet Memphis Sound Of 'Beale Street'

March 23, 2015
W.C. Handy of New York was back on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. on May 14, 1936 where his blues began. The composer of "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" visited the bar at "P-Wee's" and the street's Church Park to play with the children. (AP)

Walkin’ in Memphis. We’ll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.

In ‘Cuba Straits,’ Doc Ford Series Takes The Diamond

March 21, 2015
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The 22nd book in Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford Series includes a fictional character who attempts to smuggle a Cuban baseball player into the U.S. The author joins Bill Littlefield to discuss “Cuba Straits” and his own experience distributing baseball gear in the country.

‘Understanding Black Youth': Its Cultural Vibrancy And Its Challenges

March 19, 2015
Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson explores the challenges and vibrancy of Black youth. (Tony Fischer/Flickr)

A Harvard sociologist says the same community that faces high unemployment and rates of incarceration is also responsible for some of the world’s most vibrant popular cultures.

Confession: I’m Biased Against Women Authors

March 18, 2015
Peter O'Dowd kept a log of all the books he read over a decade. He found only 15 percent of those were written by women. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd has kept a log of books he’s read over a decade. He found a dearth of women authors. Is it just him?

An Astronaut Uses Books To Launch Kids Into Science

March 18, 2015
Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly wants to encourage children to dream big and maybe even dream of launching into space. Pictured, a nighttime scene of the eastern North Atlantic taken from the International Space Station on Mar. 28, 2012. (NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr)

Astronaut-turned-children-book’s author Mark Kelly wants to encourage kids to dream big and take an interest in science.

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