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11:51 am
Thu May 17, 2012

After Tornado Devastates, Joplin High Bounces Back

The main entrance of Joplin High School was severely damaged in a May 2011 tornado.
Mark Schiefelbein AP

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 3:33 pm

Nearly one year ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo. The tornado was the deadliest in the U.S in almost 60 years, killing 161 people and injuring more than 900. But life for Joplin's residents is finally starting to return to normal.

That includes life for students at Joplin High School. The school was destroyed by the tornado just hours after last year's commencement ceremony. Although the school's old location is still in ruins, the city has found a temporary solution to keep classes going.

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11:48 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Go-Go Godfather Created Distinct DC Soundtrack

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 3:33 pm



And finally today we want to pause to remember the Godfather - the Godfather of Go-Go, that is, Chuck Brown. He died Wednesday in Baltimore at the age of 75. His distinct take on funk music was the soundtrack of Washington, D.C. for decades. It struck a chord with fans of all ages and across genres.

This past August, Chuck Brown joined us in the studio to celebrate his 75th birthday and to talk about his life and work. Here's a little bit of that conversation.


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Wisdom Watch
11:11 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Glenn Close: Mental Illness Shouldn't Be Old News

Actress Glenn Close and her sister Jessie, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her late 40s.
Dan Hallman

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 3:33 pm

U.S. audiences know her from the Oscar-nominated films Fatal Attraction, Air Force One and Albert Nobbs, and the Emmy-winning TV series Damages. But when Glenn Close is not wowing viewers onstage or onscreen, she devotes her time to raising awareness of mental health issues.

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11:03 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Glenn Close: Mental Illness Shouldn't Be Old News

Acclaimed actress Glenn Close is perhaps best known for her films Fatal Attraction and Albert Nobbs. But she's also an advocate for mental health issues and even co-founded the group "BringChange2Mind" to help reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. She talks with host Michel Martin about how mental illness affects her own family.

NPR Story
10:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

How To Address France's New, Unmarried First Lady

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 11:19 am

France's new president was inaugurated Tuesday, and he's moving into the presidential palace with his longtime "companion." Host Michel Martin and the Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on political protocol when it comes to heads of state, politicians and their unmarried significant others.