Officials Call for Policy Change on Iran, America's Complicated Relationship with Marijuana, Biomechatronics

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Monday, April 22, 2013

iran, pollution, tehran, skyline A bird flying in front of buildings in the Iranian capital Tehran. (Atta Kenare/Getty)

Questions of Motive and Due Process Surround Boston Bombing Suspect  | Senior American Officials Call For Policy Change on Iran | Depicting Iran Through Street Art | America's Relationship with Marijuana | Building a Better Limb | Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Leaves Community Hurting but Hopeful

The Question of Divided Identity

One week after the tragedy in Boston and several days after the manhunt that resulted in the capture of Dzhokar Tsarnaev and the death of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, questions have turned to motive and due process. Americans are mystified: what would inspire two young men who went to school in the United States and were part of the community to commit such heinous acts? And what legal rights should Tsarnaev have?

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Senior American Officials Call For Policy Change on Iran

Since 1979, the US has issued sanctions on trade with Iran. The goal of these sanctions is to support diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the disagreements with Iran without having to resort to violent means. But a new report argues that sanctions against Iran are backfiring and failing to reinforce diplomatic efforts.

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Depicting Iran Through Street Art

Iranian street artists Icy and Sot's provocative images can be found from Brooklyn, where they are based today, to a wall in Istanbul, Turkey or Tabriz, Iran, the city of their youth. The brothers work in large stencils which they carry to their locations and then cart away before anyone knows they've made their mark. Their art ranges from controversial depictions of life in contemporary Iran to symbols of international youth culture.

 
Iranian street artists Icy and Sot's provocative images can be found from Brooklyn, where they are based today, to a wall in Istanbul, Turkey or Tabriz, Iran, the city of their youth. The brothers work in large stencils which they carry to their locations and then cart away before anyone knows they've made their mark. Their art 
The brothers were persecuted in Iran for their artistics expression and are now seeking political asylum in the United States, where they receive support from the street artist community and have seen their art celebrated at a gallery in Soho.

 

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Leaves Community Hurting but Hopeful

The sense of shock is settling in in West, Texas after last week's fertilizer plant explosion. Lauren Silverman, reporter for KERA in Dallas, Texas, provides an update on how the residents of West are coping and the process of rebuilding.

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America's Relationship with Marijuana

America has a love-hate relationship with marijuana. Millions of people use the drug but it remains mostly illegal. Alfred Ryan Nerz, a journalist and self-professed marijuana enthusiast explores the country's dysfunctional relationship with cannabis and his own experience with the drug in a new book, "Marijuanamerica."  

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Building a Better Limb

This week, the people of Boston were faced with great tragedy. But if tragedy had to happen anywhere, the city proved that, perhaps, there was no place more prepared to handle it. Among those at the ready: the people at MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics Research Group, who build cutting-edge prostheses.

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