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If he was aiming for DIY mishap fame, Doug Bergeson really nailed it.

Bergeson accidentally shot a nail through his chest and into his heart ... then drove himself to the ER, where open-heart surgery removed the 3 1/2-inch nail and saved his life.

The accident with the nail gun happened seven weeks ago. But this week, WBAY News interviewed the Peshtigo, Wis., resident about his experience.

President Trump is not the only world leader facing criticism for a delayed condemnation of Saturday's white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va.

For three days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an outspoken critic of anti-Semitism around the world — said nothing about the anti-Jewish chants and Nazi swastikas paraded in Charlottesville.

President Trump is placing blame for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville over the weekend on “both sides,” including counter-protesters. But what is true about what happened that day?

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Sarah Rankin (@sarah_rankin), a reporter for The Associated Press who was in Charlottesville that day.

As we prepare for a big celestial event on Monday, KCRW DJ Marion Hodges (@marionhodges) shares some eclipse-themed music with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

The so-called Texas “bathroom bill” that would have forced people to use the public restroom, shower or locker room matching the sex on their birth certificate died quietly without a vote Tuesday when the Texas legislature adjourned its 30-day special session a day early.

The failure to pass the bill marks the second time a bathroom restriction bill has collapsed in Texas, despite strong support from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

On Aug. 21, everyone in the contiguous 48 states will have a chance to see a partial eclipse of the sun. But if you want to see a total eclipse, you need to be within 70 miles of the “path of totality” that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina.

And Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is squarely in that path. The town is preparing for 100,000 eclipse-watchers to descend this coming weekend, and businesses are hoping to profit from the eclipse economy.

A special legislative session in Texas drew to a close late Tuesday without passing a bill to limit transgender people's access to bathrooms. The now-dead bill had the support of the state's governor and Senate, but it was opposed by powerful business interests and the Republican House speaker.

"Nature loves to hide."

This is how, more than 25 centuries back, the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus expressed the sense of mystery we all feel when we start pondering how the world works.

There seem to be hidden mechanisms, secret pacts between the things that make the world the world, from the smallest building blocks of matter to the neurons in our brains to the way the whole universe is stretching out in its inexorable expansion.

At a theater in Charlottesville, Va., the mother of Heather Heyer issued a rallying cry.

"They tried to kill my child to shut her up," Susan Bro said. "Well, guess what. You just magnified her."

She invoked her daughter's famous Facebook post — "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."

In 2017, the world is already teeming with artificial intelligence. There are fruit-picking robots on farms, umpire robots to call balls and strikes at baseball games, robot fashion models and robot pharmacists.

But as newsrooms around the country turn to computer algorithms to write breaking news stories, Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd (@odowdpeter) got to thinking about his own future in the business.