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An American surgeon pioneers surgery for kids in Uganda that helps kids in the US

A technique developed by an American surgeon in Uganda is now helping kids in the US as well. "Global surgery is a two-way street," says the surgeon, who recently won a MacArthur ''genius'' award.

Sundance Institute

Morgan Neville on cultural fallout of the hostile Buckley-Vidal debates

Their televised debates in 1968 were unscripted, their ratings sky high, and their rivalry real enough to fuel insults and lawsuits for years to follow. The famous mudslinging spats between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. form the backbone of Morgan Neville's new documentary, Best of Enemies.

Baltimore Burns as Anger Boils Over

Chaos broke out in Baltimore on Monday as protesters took to the streets following a funeral service held for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who died after suffering a spinal cord injury when he was taken into police custody earlier this month.


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In a special two-part interview, Mavis Staples joins Shad to discuss her decades-long career, her family's role in the civil rights movement and why — in the aftermath of Ferguson — we must collectively heed the lessons of history. 

The legendary gospel/soul singer and civil rights activist is the subject of a new documentary titled Mavis!, screening at this year's Hot Docs Festival. She tells Shad it was time to put the Staples story on the record, and "let the world know pops and his daughters were here".