Today's Takeaway: March Heat Breaks Records, Obama Focuses on the Buffett Rule, and Nicholas Kristof on Sex Trafficking

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Baker, California, home of the world's tallest thermometer. (Mel Stoutsenberger/flickr)

More than 15,000 weather records were set in the United States last month, which was the hottest on record for many states. Andrew Revkin says this year's records are an indication of what to expect in the future. Also on the show, we continue a conversation from last week about child sex trafficking with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Later, couch surfing's surging popularity, the death of Thomas Kinkade with Susan Orlean, new theories of what led to the sinking of the Titanic, a look at the Sanford Police Department, and more.

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