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Finding A Cure For Blindness

About one in 200 people are blind – that's 39 million worldwide. This hour, we'll talk about recent medical advancements that may have those people seeing one day soon with David Dobbs. His story "A Cure in Sight"appears in the September issue of National Geographic magazine.

The President's Nuclear Power

Among the many important questions voters are considering as they contemplate their presidential pick is: Who do I most trust with the nuclear codes. This hour, we'll talk about the power a president has to deploy our nuclear arsenal – and about how those decisions are made – with Stanford political science professor Scott Sagan, an expert on weapons of mass destruction.

How Honduras Got Safer

In 2013, Honduras was the murder capital of the world. This hour, we'll talk about how the country's homicide rate has steadily declined in the last few years thanks to programs funded by the United States with Sonia Nazario. Her story "How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Got Safer" appeared recently in The New York Times.

A Girl's Journey From Nothing To Something

C. Nicole Mason was born into poverty to a 16-year-old single mother. She found a safe place, though, at school. This hour, we'll talk with her about excelling despite hardship and dispelling the myth that the poor are incapable of helping themselves, which she writes about in her memoir, "Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America" (St. Martin's Press).

Famous Fossils

Most fossils are briefly studied by researchers before going on display in museums. A few, though, make the vault to celebrity fossil status. This hour, we'll talk about the Neanderthal of La Chapelle, the Taung Child, Peking Man and other remains that have significantly impacted our understanding of the history of mankind with Lydia Pyne, author of "Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils" (Viking).

How Screens Are Hijacking Kids

A child growing up today has lived in a world full of glowing screens since birth. This hour, we'll talk about how all that screen time can lead to ADHD, anxiety, depression and other disorders with Nicholas Kardaras. His new book is called "Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance" (St. Martin's Press).

The Case Of Patient H.M.

In 1953, a botched lobotomy left 27-year-old Henry Molaison unable to create new long-term memories. This hour, we'll talk about how scientists seized on the opportunity to study his brain – and how that research has provided vital information about how human's store information. We'll be joined by Luke Dittrich, author of "Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets" (Random House).

Gun Deaths In America

About 33,000 people are killed by a gun every year in the U.S. – whether by murder, suicide or accident. This hour, we'll explore the numbers behind these deaths – and talk about how they can be reduced – with Ben Casselman, a senior editor and the chief economics writer for the website FiveThirtyEight.

A Disappearing Act

When stress builds up – or you find yourself in a sticky situation – the idea of faking your own death might sound appealing. That's until you think about the logistics. This hour, we'll talk about what it would take to actually disappear – and we'll hear the stories of people who've tried – with Elizabeth Greenwood, author of"Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud" (Simon & Schuster).

How War Became Everything

When President Obama leaves office in January, every day of his presidency will have been spent with military personnel deployed. This hour, we'll talk about how our modern concept of war has changed from a temporary to never-ending state with Rosa Brooks, author of "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon" (Simon & Schuster).

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