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Coming Close: America in Afghanistan; Bill and Willie Geist on Father-Son Talks; Mathematical Thinking

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

US soldiers of the Viper Company (Bravo), 1-26 Infantry, talk to Afghan men as they conduct a house to house search operation for weapons in the Khost province of eastern Afghanistan on June 19, 2011. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty)

Anand Gopal explains how the US came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban. CBS "Sunday Morning" correspondent Bill Geist and his son Willie Geist, host of the "Today Show" and MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," share some of their father-son conversations over the years. Find out how math is a lot more than just addition, subtraction and long division...it’s also the science of not being wrong.

How the US Came Close to Victory in Afghanistan

Anand Gopal explains how the United States came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban. In No Good Man Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, he tells that story through the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror: a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality. 

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Bill Geist and Willie Geist on Their Father-Son Conversations

Bill on revealing he had Parkinson's, Willie on going to a camp for former gang members, and the family's love of Elvis.

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Think Like a Mathematician and Avoid Being Wrong

A mathematician on how math is part of our daily lives, is made up of words and not just numbers, and is as important as sex.

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What's Behind the Protests in Brazil Ahead of the World Cup

The World Cup gets underway today, but protests have continued across Brazil this week.  Vincent Bevins, a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, explains why Brazilians are so dissatisfied and what the protests mean for the country’s presidential election and the 2016 Olympics. 

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Meet the Man Who Built and Bilked American Soccer

Chuck Blazer is largely responsible for turning American soccer into an athletic and economic powerhouse. And he's shared in Major League Soccer's success -- he's made more than $21 million dollars from the sport. Ken Bensinger, a staff writer at Buzzfeed, talks about the role Blazer played in soccer’s rise in America and allegations about his business practices. His article is Mr. Ten Percent

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