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India's Modi Calls Al-Qaida's Plans For His Country 'Delusional'

The Indian prime minister, in an interview, called his country's Muslims patriots. The remarks are his most forthcoming on India's Muslims, many of whom doubted his commitment to religious minorities.

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

Six young Iranians were arrested in May for producing their own version of the Pharrell Williams song "Happy." Iranian authorities said the video, which went viral, offended public morals.

Scotland's Vote Could Bring Big Changes To England, Wales, N. Ireland

British Prime Minister David Cameron says now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to the rest of the U.K.

Why 'Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?' Is Such A Loaded Question

An NFL star's indictment on child abuse charges has reignited a national debate about parents using corporal punishment. But how people feel about this issue is tied to some very personal questions.

Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.

French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.

As Scotland Rejects Independence, Cameron Promises More Autonomy

At final count, the "no" votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question "for a generation."

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How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here's how they compare.

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Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

For The Love Of Cello

September 19, 2014
(martin lester/Flickr)

Reporter Scott Lau reflects on how playing the cello changed him.

‘They’re Still At War When They Come Home’: Soldier’s Mother Struggles With His Suicide

September 19, 2014
Tammy Sprague Gallagher, whose son, a Massachusetts National Guard soldier, died by suicide last October, stands among tributes to him in her Raynham home. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Joaquin “Jack” Pereira, Jr., a Massachusetts National Guard soldier who did two tours overseas in war zones, was 25 when he died by suicide last October. He’s one of eight Massachusetts Guard soldiers who’ve killed themselves since August 2012.

Raise Employees’ Wages, Not Their Expectations Of A Tip

September 19, 2014
Cody Fenwick: "Servers and other tipped staff live off the avails of a lopsided exchange." Pictured: An envelope that Marriott will be placing in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week to encourage guests to leave a tip for the person who cleans the room. The envelopes bear the name of the room attendant. Marriott is launching the project with Maria Shriver, founder of A Woman’s Nation, an organization that works on issues empowering women. (A Woman’s Nation/AP)

Servers and other tipped staff live off the avails of a lopsided exchange.

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone

September 19, 2014
Barbara Beckwith: "One thing I've re-learned, too late in my life to do anything about, is that sunbathing is bad for pale skin." (hebe/Flickr)

One thing I’ve re-learned, too late in my life to do anything about, is that sunbathing is bad for pale skin.

Apples: America’s ‘Founding Fruit’

September 18, 2014
Apples hang on a tree at Moldovan farmer Sergiu Calmac's orchard in Harbovat, Moldova. (Vitalie Plotnic/AP)

We bite into the history of America’s Founding Fruit: the apple.

Local Scots Cast Informal Vote On Independence In Boston’s ‘The Haven’

September 18, 2014
The owner of the Haven, Scotsman Jason Waddleton, in front of the pub's "ballot box" (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

Scotland is voting whether to go independent from the United Kingdom. In Jamaica Plain, in The Haven, which bills itself as the only Scottish restaurant in Boston, an informal ballot box for patrons is stuffed.

Keep Rollin’: A Cyclist’s Case For The Idaho Stop

September 18, 2014
Simon Waxman: "All it means is that, for cyclists, red lights are equivalent to stop signs, and stop signs equivalent to yields." (Kevin Schraer/flickr)

All it means is that, for cyclists, red lights are equivalent to stop signs, and stop signs equivalent to yields.

Loving Them, And Letting Them Grow

September 18, 2014
Chuck Tanowitz: "We owe it to our children to let them experience life without us. Only then can they become the people we truly want them to be." (blueyonder/Flickr)

We owe it to our children to let them experience life without us. Only then can they become the people we truly want them to be.

Malcolm Rogers Reflects On 20 Years At MFA

September 17, 2014
Malcolm Rogers (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

Malcolm Rogers, the longest serving director of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, joins us to talk about the future of the MFA and his decision to step down.

Playwright Israel Horovitz Turns Filmmaker

September 17, 2014
Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith in a scene from the film "My Old Lady"(Cohen Media Group)

Israel Horovitz makes his directorial debut with the film “My Old Lady,” based on his play of the same name.

2 From Mass. Among 2014 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners

September 17, 2014
Civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), poses for a portrait in Boston. She is one of 21 people to receive a 'genius grant' from the MacArthur Foundation. (Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation/AP)

A Boston civil rights lawyer and a Harvard mathematician are among this year’s 21 MacArthur “genius grant” recipients.

Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect

September 17, 2014
New research debunks the popular theory that 10,000 hours of practice are required to gain expertise. (Amelia Berkeley/Flickr)

New research shows that the hours spent practicing are much less significant than previously thought.

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

September 17, 2014
Students at the Wellspring Academy in Reedley, CA, pictured on Oct. 19, 2009. Wellspring Academy is a special school that offers academic courses while helping students with weight loss. Sarah Varney documents the effects the obesity epidemic has on romance in her new book. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.

Kids, Discipline And The Adrian Peterson Debate

September 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson watches from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of a preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP/Ann Heisenfelt)

The NFL’s Adrian Peterson and the emotional debate underway about how far is too far to go when it comes to disciplining children.

Redshirting: Holding Kids Back For An Edge

September 16, 2014
Jasmin Torres helps classmate Brianna Rameles with a worksheet at the Diloreto Magnet School in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012. (AP/Charles Krupa)

More parents are “red-shirting” their children in kindergarten—holding them back for a year, hoping they’ll have an edge. Does it work? We look.

And Baby Makes Five: Married Life, With Roommates

September 16, 2014
Theron Tingstad: "There is something special about sharing periods of your life with people who, while not family, are more than friends." (polaroidjesus/Flickr)

There is something special about sharing periods of your life with people who, while not family, are more than friends.

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