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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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  • Gap Grows Between Military, Civilians On War
    A new survey of 4,000 military service members and civilians shows a gap between the two groups on issues ranging from patriotism to nation-building. Also, about one-third of veterans say neither the Afghan nor Iraq war was worth fighting, compared to nearly half of civilians.
  • How Does Deployment Impact Soldiers' Kids?
    More than four years ago, Melissa Block talked with high school guidance counselor Barbara Critchfield about the effects of long and repeated deployments on soldiers' children. Critchfield worked at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, the town surrounding Fort Hood. As the Afghan War hits the 10-year mark, Melissa checks back in with Critchfield, who now works at one of Killeen's middle schools.
  • Do Rising Costs Have 'The Simpsons' On The Ropes?
    Commentator Andrew Wallenstein says the pressures on The Simpsons to cut costs present a very real threat to a television institution.
  • In Texas, Perry Has Little Say In 'Ultimate Justice'
    As the longest-serving governor of Texas, Rick Perry has overseen the application of the death penalty more than any other U.S. governor — 236 times, and counting. But Perry actually has little to do with the mechanics of capital punishment in his state. And, some criminal justice reformers say, he's anything but a hang-'em-high governor.
  • Rubio's Veep Prospects Could Be Fueling Boycott Of GOP Debate
    After a dispute between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Univision, the senator's friends called for a boycott of the network's January presidential debate. Five candidates have so far agreed.
  • Perry Campaign Raises $17 Million
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign announced that it has raised more than $17 million in the first seven weeks of his presidential candidacy. Guy Raz and Melissa Block have more.
  • Nobel-Winning Chemist Fought Hard For Acceptance
    Daniel Shechtman's 1982 discovery of quasicrystals fundamentally changed how scientists thought about solid matter. His finding cost him his job at one lab and the eternal ire of chemistry great Linus Pauling. But it also won him the 2011 Nobel Prize for chemistry.
  • Can That Mouth Guard Really Prevent A Concussion?
    With sport-related head injuries at an all-time high, more companies are promoting anti-concussion products. Researchers say consumers should be wary of misleading safety claims about these new products.
  • Guitarist Bert Jansch Is Dead At 67
    The seminal Scottish folk guitarist, singer, and composer passed early Wednesday morning after a battle with lung cancer.
  • Eugenides Spins A Modern Kind Of 'Marriage Plot'
    Madeleine, Mitchell and Leonard are about to graduate from Brown University when they get caught in a love triangle worthy of Jane Austen. In his latest book, Middlesex author Jeffrey Eugenides brings the classic Victorian marriage plot to a modern American college campus.

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