8:38am

Mon February 4, 2013
Politics

Political Chat: Gun Control And The Senate

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 8:51 am

The debate over gun control continues to dominate the headlines. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate doubles the number of African-American members by welcoming William 'Mo" Cowan. He replaces John Kerry. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root.

8:38am

Mon February 4, 2013
Television

Super Bowl Ads: Winners And Losers

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 8:51 am

Some people enjoy the Super Bowl commercials more than the football game. Host Michel Martin and Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans run through the best and worst ads; from senior citizens making late night trips to Taco Bell to nerds getting really sloppy kisses.

8:38am

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

African Americans Fly High With Math And Science

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 9:48 am

Barrington Irving , a 23-year-old Jamaican-born pilot, at a news conference at Opa-locka Airport Wednesday, June 27, 2007, ending a three-month journey he said would make him the youngest person to fly around the world alone.
Alan Diaz AP

This Black History Month, Tell Me More is taking a look at African Americans in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) who are inspiring future generations.

Today, Barrington Irving shares how his sky high dreams became a reality. A chance encounter in his parents' bookstore put him on a path that would make him the youngest person and first African American to fly solo around the world.

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8:27am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Salt

Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 5:21 am

Wal-Mart claims that 11 percent of the produce in its stores now comes from local farms.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter. Farris is a produce broker in Columbia, Mo., who has been buying for Wal-Mart from auctions and farms since the company began carrying fruits and vegetables in the early 1990s.

During the summer and fall, nearly everything Farris delivers is grown in Missouri. That's Wal-Mart's definition of "local" — produce grown and sold in the same state. In winter, it's a bit tougher to source locally.

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8:16am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Died While Trying To Help Fellow Veteran

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 9:56 am

Chris Kyle, retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author of the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, in April 2012. He was killed Saturday.
Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram MCT /Landov

More is being learned today about former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and the man accused of killing the decorated Iraq War veteran.

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7:45am

Mon February 4, 2013
Europe

For Greeks, Painful Cuts Keep Tearing At The Social Fabric

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:12 pm

Georgia Kolia, 63, has two adult children, both unemployed. She works as a volunteer distributing loaves of bread at the Agia Zonis Orthodox church soup kitchen for the poor in Athens, Greece, in April 2012.
John Kolesidis Reuters/Landov

Greeks are feeling the squeeze. The social repercussions of three years of austerity measures imposed by international lenders are hitting hard. Thousands of businesses have shut down, unemployment is nearly 27 percent and rising, and the once dependable safety net of welfare benefits is being pulled in.

With further cutbacks and tax hikes about to kick in, Greece's social fabric is being torn apart.

Nowhere are cutbacks more visible and painful than in health care.

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7:37am

Mon February 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Experimental Tuberculosis Vaccine Fails To Protect Infants

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:03 pm

Nurse Christel Petersen inoculates a child in the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative study in 2011.
Rodger Bosch AFP/Getty Images

Researchers are disappointed in the results of a long-awaited study of the leading candidate vaccine against tuberculosis, one of humankind's most elusive scourges.

But, pointing to more than a dozen other TB vaccines in the pipeline, they say they're not discouraged.

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6:43am

Mon February 4, 2013

6:09am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'Today You Can See That I'm Alive,' Says Malala, Girl Shot By Taliban

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 6:52 am

Malala Yousafzai in a video released Monday.
Storyful

5:56am

Mon February 4, 2013
Monkey See

That Was A Great Blackout Last Night

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 8:38 am

Kicker David Akers of the San Francisco 49ers waits during a power outage that occurred in the third quarter that caused a 34-minute delay during Super Bowl XLVII.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Great blackout last night, right?

It's been clear for some time that substantially more people watch the Super Bowl than have the slightest interest in watching the actual football game. That's why there's such hubbub over the halftime show and the commercials — it gives non-football types something to pay attention to instead of football.

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