Sitting behind the desk in studio 1A, "Today" show co-host Katie Couric flashes her trademark smile and reports the news, just as she does every weekday morning. However, on Feb. 9, something unusual happens: a 6 foot tall lion in a white T-shirt peeks in through the opaque window behind her and waves.
When it comes to issues of race in America, it's not always so black and white.
Asian-Americans and other minorities fall victim to the same kinds of racism as African Americans, according to members of the Asian American Association (AAA), who spoke at AAA's True Colors event last Thursday night.
50 years later, and where are we?
In the eyes of Lani Guinier, a professor at Harvard Law School, not as far as we might think.
"Blacks and whites still live very separate lives," she said, and "essentially, legally compelled segregation gave way to socially acceptable separation.
Acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathy - what really works? In the world of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), it just depends who you ask.
'CAM,' loosely defined, refers to any treatments - from herbs to massages - that are outside the norms of traditional medicine.
Mommy's not tucking me into bed anymore, and I'm tired. College moves pretty fast, and before you know it, it's 6:30 in the morning, you're still awake, and you have class in two hours.
Unfortunately, hitting the hay early isn't easy - so many things affect our sleeping patterns, and the college atmosphere makes it difficult to remember all of them.
Sipping their morning coffee and flipping through Newsweek, parents around the country are gasping at the revelation of the 'hook-up.'
"One-time sexual encounters, and not even a phone call?" they'll say, crossing the College off their younger children's list of college options.
Love him or hate him, at least give him a chance. When Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 comes out on video Oct. 5, the controversy will start anew.
What's fact and what's fiction? Better yet, what's completely true and what's carefully fabricated?
For many Americans, it's easier to just close their eyes.
How can we make a home in a place that feels so foreign?
We're not in Kansas anymore - and we're certainly not in high school either.
Yes, we would be shut off and unaware, but at least we'd have a place - at least we wouldn't feel so small.
And this is why for many freshmen, the first few weeks of college life are among their most difficult.
It's a perfect time for imperfections. Gimpy legs, heart murmurs, poor vision - if you have any physical problems to speak of - now's the time to get it on record.
Because when the election rolls around in November, whether you vote for Sen. John Kerry or President George Bush, you'll have to wonder - are you voting for a military draft?
You'll have to wonder.