President Obama Heads to Arizona for Speech on Shooting

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta on November 10, 2010. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty)

Amidst a swirling debate over causes for the tragic shooting in Arizona, President Obama heads to the state to address the nation; Biden, Clinton and Gates on international trips with pressing agendas; South Carolina's new Governor Nikki Haley heads to office; a report from the Detroit Auto Show; as a middle-aged adult, a man has a revelation about his racial background; where Haiti's international aid has gone a year later; one family's story of traumatic brain injury; misinterpreting metaphors; and assigning value in modern society.

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International Relations: Biden, Gates and Clinton Abroad

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New Gov. Nikki Haley: Major Deficit, National Ambitions

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Detroit Auto Show: Hybrid Vs. Electric Cars

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A Man's Mid-life Discovery: His Racial Background

Michael Fosberg was raised in a working class Armenian American family led by his biological mother and adoptive father. When he was in his thirties, his parents decided to divorce. Michael responded to the split by going out in search of the long lost father he never knew and discovering that he was black.

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Top of the Hour: Haiti's Missing Aid, Morning Headlines

It's been a year since Haiti's devastating earthquake. At the time, the international community rallied, donating quickly to help the cause. But much of the aid has yet to be spent toward Haiti's rebuilding.

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Haiti, One Year Later: Where Has the International Aid Gone?

Today marks one year since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The country suffered tremendously on January 12, 2010: 230,000 dead, thousands more injured, businesses and homes reduced to rubble. And yet the year only brought more difficulties, as cholera struck the countryside and accusations of fraud haunted a hotly-contested presidential election. Half of all American households sent donations to Haiti in the months following the earthquake. But as over 800,000 Haitians continue to live in temporary camps, the situation still seems dire. Where has all the aid gone? Who has it helped? What difference has it made?

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One Family's Story: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

Yesterday we marveled at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ survival despite a gunshot wound to the head, and talked about the brain’s remarkable potential for recovery. This tragic news inspired one Takeaway listener to share the story of his son, who recovered from a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car a year and a half ago, when he was five years old.

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The Misinterpretation of Metaphors

Back in March Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a statement responding to Sarah Palin's anti-healthcare reform campaign, saying, "we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list. But the thing is the way that she has it depicted has the cross hairs of a gun site over our district." Could metaphors in that statement have had an effect on who Jared Loughner targeted in Arizona over the weekend?

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The Price of Everything

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