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Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart ran for president twice, rejecting political action committee (PAC) money both times. Now the Colorado Democrat is asking candidates for the 2016 presidential race to do the same. In his new book "The Republic of Conscience," Hart writes that donations from corporations and other special interests are corrupting the democratic process more than ever before.
NATO offered its support to Turkey after a recent bombing killed dozens in a Turkish town near the Syrian border. The bombing, thought to be perpetrated by members of the Islamic State, highlights how Turkey is now grappling with conflicts on two fronts: from ISIS forces along the border and from Kurdish militants domestically. Some experts say Turkey's announcement that it can't continue talks with Kurdish militants marks the end of a three-decades-long peace effort. We take a closer look at the latest from the region.
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Can creativity be taught? Yes it can, according to Tina Seelig, who runs Stanford's Technology Ventures Program. In her most recent book "Insight Out," Seelig clarifies the relationship between imagination, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. She also introduces readers to a model she calls the "Invention Cycle." Seelig joins us to discuss her book and to give some insight on how to move your ideas from imagination to implementation.
A new report out this week says Richmond's Office of Neighborhood Safety is helping to reduce violent crimes in the city. The program seeks out the city's most vulnerable members using data mining to offer mentoring and a paid fellowship. Now, Richmond is seeing an uptick in crime so far in 2015. We discuss what's working and ask why crime may be rising in recent months.
The Transcontinental Railroad has been dubbed a feat of 19th century engineering and has been credited with opening California up to trade. Despite the importance of the project, little is known about the individual lives of the 12,000 Chinese immigrants who laid the track between Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada. Now, 150 years after Chinese workers began working on the railroad, we look back on the contributions of those workers and learn about the Stanford project that's piecing together their personal stories.
A new study suggests that chemotherapy given to terminal cancer patients who aren't expected to live beyond six months may do more harm than good. We'll discuss the pros and cons of chemotherapy for terminal patients, especially when weighed against the effects on quality of life. We'll also look at the high rate of intensive treatments used in the final months for teens dying of cancer.