Los Angeles Lakers guard and 17-time All-Star Kobe Bryant says he will retire after the season, making the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. He says his heart and mind can handle another season, but his body knows it's time to say goodbye. The 37-year-old Bryant ranks third on the NBA's career scoring list with more than 32,000 points and has won five NBA titles and two Olympic gold medals.

(Airs 11/29 & 11/30) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week's show they talk about the free-lance journalist who helped release the video of the Chicago police shooting of a 17 year old black man, the top stories that made the internet this year, the media takes on comments by Donald Trump, and much more.


A judge is set to hear arguments on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's  request for a new trial this week.

David Nightingale: Charles Dodgson (1832-1898)

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Learn well your grammar, / And never stammer,
Write well and neatly, / And sing most sweetly.
Drink tea, not coffee; / Never eat toffy.
Eat bread with butter. / Once more, don't stutter.

The mathematician Charles Dodgson, who indeed suffered from stammering, wrote those lines when he was 13, and they anticipate his later nonsense verse, such as:

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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From lions and tigers to snow leopards and panthers, “big cats” are defined by those who study them as wild cats with the ability to roar. Wildlife biologist Boone Smith has wrangled an impressive number of them.

This is a picture of a pothole

A new report from a national transportation research group finds Connecticut motorists are losing $5.1 billion annually due to congestion-related delays, higher vehicle operating costs and traffic crashes.

Jury selection is to begin Monday morning for the trial of the last of four defendants in a gang rape in a UMass Amherst dormitory.

Caleb Womack is one of four Pittsfield men who were charged with raping a UMass freshman in her dorm room in October 2012.  

Emmanuel Bile, Justin King, and Adam Liccardi were each convicted in separate trials and are serving prison terms.  Womack said he never had sex with the victim. The other three defendants claimed the sex was consensual.

Lawyers for state elections officials and the state Democratic Party will be returning to court in a dispute over whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election campaign last year.

Strange Universe: 11/29/15

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This week, Bob Berman tells us about Carbon 14.

Opponents and supporters of plans to accept Syrian refugees into the United States held dueling but peaceful rallies in Hartford.