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'I've Got Your Back,' Obama Tells Residents Of Flint, Mich., Amid Water Crisis

The president told an energetic audience he "will not rest" until the city's water is safe to drink. A federal state of emergency has been declared as a result of lead leaching into Flint's water.

How Much Does It Cost To Educate A Student In Michigan? (Or, In The U.S.?)

Who knows how much it takes to educate a child, and how do you find out? The state of Michigan is trying to answer those questions right now.

Justice Department Says North Carolina Bathroom Law Violates Civil Rights

Gov. Pat McCrory responded in a statement, saying, "We will be reviewing to determine the next steps." The state has until Monday to respond.

Syrian Army Declares 48-Hour Truce After Intense Fighting In Aleppo

The U.S. has said it is working with Russia to restore cessation of hostilities in the city. This comes after days of intense fighting in the area.

California Governor Raises Tobacco Use Age To 21

At the same time, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill allowing "counties to levy higher taxes on cigarettes than the 87-cent per pack state tax."

DOT Announces Recall Of Up To 40 Million More Takata Air Bag Inflators

Takata, the Japanese auto parts supplier, now must fix up to 40 million more faulty air bag inflators. The U.S. Department of Transportation says this is the biggest safety recall in history.

Frozen Food Recall Expands To 358 Products Amid Listeria Fears

Citing potential listeria contamination, CRF Frozen Foods has voluntarily recalled fruit and vegetable products under 42 brands that are sold nationwide and in Canada.

Trump In Triumph: The Man Who Wasn't Welcome In The Game Takes Home The Prize

Trump's megawatt personality immediately became a magnet for viewers on TV, as did his browbeating battles with rivals and news moderators. Even without debates, Trump was seen everywhere on-screen.

Frozen Food Fears: 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

The FDA issued a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables this week. Here's what you need to know about the nasty bug that's causing all the problems.

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Panama Papers Fallout Hurts A Reputation Panama Thought It Had Fixed

Panama has improved transparency in its banking and legal sectors, and its economy is a bright spot in Latin America. But the Panama Papers have hurt the country's reputation.

‘Everybody’s Fool’: Richard Russo On His New Book And The State Of America’s Working Class

May 4, 2016
In the sequel to "Nobody's Fool", Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo returns to the town of North Bath, NY. (Courtesy Knopf Doubleday)

Few have written about the frustrations of working class America as compassionately, as poignantly, and with as much humor as Richard Russo.

Lesley Stahl On ‘Becoming Grandma’

May 4, 2016
Leslie Stahl with her grandchild Jordan. (Courtesy: Leslie Stahl)

Trailblazing journalist Lesley Stahl on her new book Becoming Grandma, and the joys, the science, the struggles, the evolution of being a grandparent today.

Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat

May 3, 2016
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR ALDI - Grocery shoppers experience ALDI during the grand opening of the first of eight Southern California locations on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Moreno Valley, Calif. ALDI, one of America's favorite grocery stores, will open approximately 45 stores in Southern California by the end of 2016. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for ALDI/AP Images)

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

Angela Duckworth On Grit And The Power Of Perseverance

May 2, 2016
ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 AND THEREAFTER - In this April 19, 2016 photo, Laurie Millan, a para-professional and tutor, works with a student during an after school tutoring session at San Francisco International High School, in San Francisco. While some districts in numerous states have discouraged migrant minors from Central America from enrolling in their schools, the school accommodated its youths by rewriting young-adult novels at a basic level to spark the newcomers' interest in reading.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Is grit the secret sauce that drives success? More important than both talent and intellect? We’re talking the power and limits of grit.

Onaje Woodbine’s Spiritual Journey Leads Back To The Court — And Stage

April 30, 2016

Former Yale star Onaje X.O. Woodbine quit basketball at the top of his game to pursue “the higher aims of divine purpose and truth.” As it turns out, that journey took him back to basketball. He tells Bill Littlefield his story.

Tennis In Bullrings And On Ice: Rod Laver On The Pro Circuit’s Early Days

April 30, 2016
Laver won the Wimbledon men's single's event four times between 1961-1969. (Allsport UK /Allsport

Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.

5 ‘Easy’ Ways To Fix America’s Most Pressing Problems

April 28, 2016
Detail of the National Debt Clock, a billboard-size digital display showing the increasing US debt, on Sixth Avenue August 1, 2011 in New York.  US Vice President Joe Biden said Monday he was confident that Congress would approve a major austerity plan to avoid a debt default as he met with skeptical members of his Democratic Party.AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Beyond the campaign sound and fury, how do we really solve our biggest national problems? One smart citizen thinker weighs in- with you.

A New Look At Thomas Jefferson: ‘Most Blessed Of Patriarchs’

April 27, 2016
(Courtesy W.W. Norton & Company)

Thomas Jefferson’s legacy is extensive and contradictory. He was a founding father, slave-owner, author of the Declaration of Independence and, as he once called himself, a “patriarch.”

New Book Takes In-Depth Look At Deadly Yarnell Fire

April 25, 2016
Fernanda Santos, author of “The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting.” (Nick Oza)

Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed in the wildfire, the largest single-day loss of firefighters since 9/11.

The Dark And Weird Inspiration For Some Of Our Most Beloved Fairy Tales

April 25, 2016
Giambattista Basile wrote down the earliest European ‘Cinderella’ story, over 300 years before this Walt Disney illustrated version of the same tale. (Tom Simpson/Flickr)

Giambattista Basile’s writing predates even the Brothers Grimm, and the tales are stranger than the versions we are used to.

Finding New Life In ‘Othello’

April 25, 2016
GQ, left, Jackson Doran, center, and JQ from Chicago hip-hop sensation Q Brothers perform their "Othello: the Remix" rap during a rehearsal for Sydney Festival in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.  Sydney Festival is an arts based event held in January each year boasting local and international artists in contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama and visual arts.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

400 years after Shakespeare, we celebrate the bard with a new look at Othello. And how it speaks to us today on race and gender.

David Duchovny On The Magic Of ‘Bucky Bleeping Dent’

April 23, 2016
The New York Yankees celebrate after winning the one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Oct. 2, 1978, sending the Yankees to the post season. Closer Goose Gossage popped up Carl Yastrzemski with two Red Sox on base in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Fenway faithful home stunned. The American League Championship Series started in Kansas City the following day.
(AP Photo)

X-Files star David Duchovny, a Yankees fan, first knew Bucky Dent as the guy whose home run sent New York to the 1978 ALCS over Boston. He later discovered from some guys on a New England roof that there was a different side to the story. Duchovny explores that side in a new novel.

Looking At Boston’s History Through Archaeology

April 22, 2016
Joe Bagley, Boston’s archaeologist, at the city’s archaeology lab. (Joe Difazio/WBUR)

We recently visited a warehouse in West Roxbury that’s home to Boston’s City Archaeology Lab, and the domain of Joe Bagley, the city’s archaeologist.

Watch: President Obama, Prime Minister Cameron Hold Joint Press Conference

April 22, 2016

During his trip to London, President Barack Obama joined Prime Minister David Cameron in a joint press conference.

Harriet Tubman, The New Face Of The $20

April 21, 2016
Image provided by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman, between 1860 and 1875. (H.B. Lindsley/Library of Congress/AP)

In 2020, the U.S. government will unveil a new $20 bill. Move over Andrew Jackson — the seventh president of the United States will no longer grace the front of the bill. Instead, it will feature the famous abolitionist and humanitarian, who was born a slave, Harriet Tubman.

‘Far And Away: Reporting From The Brink Of Change’

April 21, 2016
Andrew Solomon in Zambia in 1997. Photo: Luca Trovato.

Acclaimed writer, psychologist, traveler Andrew Solomon the importance of getting out- way out- into the world.

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