The story of aging becomes more complicated as researchers continue to poke and prod at it.
Those were executive action, designed to call attention to an issue, prod Congress, or achieve results.
But to prod the War on Drugs ever further into history is to make the death of children like Michael Brown ever less likely.
1530s, "to poke with a stick," of uncertain origin; possibly [Barnhart] a variant of brod, from Middle English brodden "to goad," from Old Norse broddr "shaft, spike" (see brad), or perhaps imitative [OED]. Figurative sense is recorded from 1871. Related: Prodded; prodding.
1787, "pointed instrument used in prodding;" 1802, "act of prodding;" from prod (v.).