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India's courts are in the spotlight, as the trial of five men charged with the brutal rape and murder of a young woman is set to start in Delhi this weekend. The gang rape case has prompted an outpouring of anger in India, much of it focused against the justice system. Guest host Sara Terry looks at the forces that shape attitudes towards women in India and what needs to change. Also, the House passes $9.7 Billion in Hurricane Sandy relief, and more surprising discoveries from Mars. This one was found here on earth.

Banner image: People hold a placard during a candlelight vigil in support of women safety in Mumbai December 20, 2012. Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Banter House Passes $9.7 Billion in Hurricane Sandy Relief 7 MIN, 44 SEC

On Capitol Hill today, the House passed legislation that would provide nearly $10 billion to cover insurance claims filed by individuals whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Anna Sale is politics reporter at public radio station WNYC in New York.

Anna Sale, WNYC (@annasale)

Main Topic India Confronts the Problem of Violence against Women 35 MIN, 53 SEC

The December kidnap, gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman have sparked a national outcry in India, with protesters across the country demanding greater protection for women. Five men have been charged in the case and their trial is expected to start this week in a special fast-track court. In the largest democracy in the world, women complain of oppression by cultural, legal and political systems. Will this case become a turning point in their efforts to create change?

Amy Kazmin, Financial Times (@financialtimes)
Sonia Faleiro, New York Times (@soniafaleiro)
Priya Nanda, International Centre for Research on Women (@ICRW)
Saumya Uma, law researcher and activist

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Sonia Faleiro

Reporter's Notebook Rare Mars Meteorite Sheds Light on Planet's History 7 MIN, 18 SEC

There are only a hundred or so Martian meteorites on earth and scientists have found one that's unlike anything they've seen before. Its official name is NWA 7034, but scientists have nicknamed it Black Beauty. The baseball-sized meteorite, found in the Saharan desert in 2011, has turned out to be one of the biggest finds ever from the Red Planet, opening a whole new window on Mars. Astrophysicist Ian O'Neill is a space science producer at Discovery News.

Ian O'Neill, astrophysicist and science writer (@astroengine)

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