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Sandip Roy's Novel Explores an Indian Family's Hidden Secrets

Author and journalist Sandip Roy's novel "Don't Let Him Know" explores the inner lives of Indian immigrants living in the United States. It's a world he knows well. The former KALW radio host was born in India, spent years in San Francisco and recently returned to live in Kolkata. We talk with Roy about secrets both fictional and real, family, sexuality and his journey back to his country of birth.

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Homeland Security Shutdown Looms as Lawmakers Clash Over Immigration

Following a weeks-long impasse, the Senate is expected to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The bill, which leaves intact President Obama's executive actions on immigration, faces Republican opposition and an uncertain fate in the House. With the department's funding set to expire Friday at midnight, we look at the potential impacts of a shutdown and the politics behind it.

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The Atlantic's Graeme Wood on 'What ISIS Really Wants'

Journalist Graeme Wood opens his article in the March issue of The Atlantic with these questions: "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions?" In examining ISIS's philosophy, Wood writes, "The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic." We'll talk to Wood about the piece and get his response to critics who say he overstates ISIS's religious motivations.

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Study: Exposing Infants to Peanuts May Prevent Peanut Allergies

Early exposure to peanuts may reduce an infant's likelihood of developing a peanut allergy, according to a major new medical study. The research is expected to change the way doctors advise parents. We'll discuss the study and learn how "exposure therapy" is used to treat food allergies.

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How to Find the Elusive 'Sweet Spot' of High Productivity and Low Stress

Complaining about being busy has become a badge of honor in this age of compulsive multitasking. But doing too many things at the same time has been shown to hurt productivity and mental health. In her new book "The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work," UC Berkeley sociologist Christine Carter outlines how adopting micro-habits and strategically saying "no" can decrease stress and increase efficiency.

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Does Bill O'Reilly Have a 'Brian Williams Problem?'

Earlier this month, NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for making false claims about his experience reporting on the Iraq war. Now, in the wake of a Mother Jones story, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is under fire for statements he made about covering the Falklands war. O'Reilly stands by his account and flatly denies the allegations. We discuss the Williams and O'Reilly cases and what they tell us about the state of the news media.

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Recapping the 2015 Oscars

Was your choice for Best Picture overlooked? Did you stop paying attention when "The Lego Movie" wasn't nominated? We'll talk with a panel of film critics about the 2015 Oscars and open the phone lines to hear from you. Tell us — what dazzled and what disappointed at this year's Oscars.

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Settlement Reached in California Physical Education Lawsuit

Elementary schools in California are required to provide 200 minutes of physical education to students for every 10 days of school. But lawyer and parent Donald Driscoll sued 37 school districts, including San Francisco and Los Angeles Unified, claiming the schools aren't providing the mandated physical education hours. A settlement has been reached, but questions remain over how well schools fulfill the requirement.

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California Lawmakers Seek to End Personal Exemptions to Vaccinations

A group of California state senators wants to do away with the personal belief exemption that allows children to attend public school without being vaccinated. Led by Senator Richard Pan, the lawmakers say their effort is designed to protect children. Opponents to the legislation argue that the law oversteps the state's authority. Still others feel the state should simply focus on raising vaccine rates, rather than creating a new law.

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Actor Malcolm McDowell on Working with Stanley Kubrick and Killing Captain Kirk

Actor Malcolm McDowell is probably best known for his role in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, "A Clockwork Orange," as a young sociopath with a taste for violence and Beethoven. Since then, his more than 40 years of acting have seen him star in everything from "Star Trek Generations" to the TV shows "Entourage" and "Heroes." We'll talk to McDowell about his storied career and what it's like to be one of Hollywood's go-to bad guys.

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