There's a cult following for the game that most of America threw out when video games came along. It's more competitive than ever. And in the eyes of some, it's art.
Millions of American school children begin the day with the pledge of allegiance. But do they, or their teachers, really understand what it means? Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with journalist Mary Plummer, of KPCC, and Peter Levine, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.
Elizabeth Smart was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom. She was held for nine months and forced to act as her captor's second wife. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her new memoir and her Mormon faith, which played a big part in her story.
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. But do the Barbershop guys think the sentence was too stiff? They weigh in on that and the week's other top stories.
According to a recent study, more than half of the Mississippians who file for bankruptcy do so because they cannot pay their medical bills. Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell tells host Michel Martin what's causing such devastating costs.
It's now possible to create an impressive copy of Michelangelo's David or Rodin's The Thinker with a 3-D printer. Rather than object, some museum curators see this high-tech replication as a way to bring near-real versions of classic works to the masses.
Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. She says she has always been shy and isolated, but with her grandson, Aaron, she says she's free to be herself. "I think we bring out the best in each other," Aaron says.
The government shutdown has some American Indian tribes bracing for the worst. They've seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance. At the same time, a handful of northern Arizona tribes are seeing an unexpected spike in tourists who were turned away from nearby national parks.
A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in scientific and medical research. The loss of specialty mice, many of which have genes that can cause them to develop versions of human diseases, is especially troubling to scientists — and expensive.
Throughout the debate, both Democrats and Republicans have made decisions based on faulty assumptions about the other side. What's still not clear is what it will take to end the crisis.