Around the Nation
5:02 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint

Members of the Arivaca, Ariz., community monitor an immigration checkpoint about 25 miles north of the Mexican border. Some residents say border agents go beyond their legal authority.
Ted Robbins NPR

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 6:59 pm

Border Patrol checkpoints aren't always near the border. Some aren't even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it's an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.

A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. So they've begun their own monitoring — to inspect the process.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction

San Francisco state Sen. Leland Yee leaves the San Francisco Federal Building after he was arrested and released on bond Wednesday.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:04 pm

It's a case that has stunned California's political community: A prominent Democratic lawmaker has been accused in a federal complaint of participating in an elaborate conspiracy involving guns, gangs, drugs and bribery.

State Sen. Leland Yee was known as a champion of open government and gun control, but not any more. A 137-page federal affidavit accuses the lawmaker of soliciting and taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political favors.

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Health Care
12:51 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA

Planned Parenthood worker Alicia Gonzales promotes the Affordable Care Act during an outreach event for the Latino community in Los Angeles in September.
Jonathan Alcorn Reuters /Landov

All throughout the country, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have worked to reach the uninsured, holding health fairs and putting ads on TV and radio.

The push continues to get as many enrolled as possible, especially Latinos — the most uninsured group in the country.

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Fresh Air Weekend
11:27 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist

Over the course of Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) metamorphosed from a high school chemistry teacher to a notorious outlaw.
Ursula Coyote AMC

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Limericks

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place. Roy Blount, Jr. and Tom Bodett each has three points. Kyrie O'Connor has two.

PESCA: Kyrie, so you're in third place. You're going to go first. The clock will start when I begin your question. Are you ready?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: I am ready.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Prediction

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now, panel, no more G-8. What will Russia join, Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: This is going to take a little sort of change of pace and join the fashion firm (Unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, Russia will join the cast of the Real Housewives of the Former USSR.

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Tom Bodett.

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Business
11:11 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Boeing's Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

Sales of the airliner are flagging, and airlines are retiring their 747 fleets. The end may be near for the original "jumbo jet," but in its day, it offered an experience like no other.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:36 am

While global attention has been focused on Malaysia Airlines' missing 777 this week, Boeing's best-known aircraft, the 747, was also in the news. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered Boeing to immediately fix a software glitch that could cause problems during landing.

The software flaw is not the only problem for the enormous 747. Over four decades ago, it was the original "jumbo jet," but the newest version of Boeing's iconic plane has not sold well. On Monday, Japan's All Nippon Airways announced it will officially retire its aging 747 passenger fleet.

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Simon Says
8:09 am
Sat March 29, 2014

A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee

What legally makes whiskey taste like Tennessee?
Piotr Wawryniuk iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

Would Tennessee whiskey by any other name taste as sweet?

A debate in Tennessee simmers over a legal definition of what makes Tennessee whiskey "Tennessee."

The state legislature passed a bill last year saying whiskey can be labeled "Tennessee" only if it's made in the state from a mash that's 51-percent corn, trickles through maple charcoal, and is aged in new, charred oak barrels.

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Author Interviews
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

'Lovesongs' Examines What It Means To Come Home

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

How long do good friends keep growing up with each other? Leland, or Lee, is a rock star. He tours the world but keeps coming back, if not back home, to the place where he grew up - Little Wing, Wisconsin, a fictitious Midwestern town that feels as real as Eau Claire, which is where the author, Nickolas Butler grew up. His new novel, "Shotgun Lovesongs" interlaces the stories of friends who keep coming back to each other and try to get hold of where they are in the world.

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History
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Helen Keller's Glimpse Of Beethoven's 'Heavenly Vibration'

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Local Music
6:54 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

LHI Live: As the Sea, with Nashon Holloway, Mark Niskanen, Andrew Rose

As The Sea perform in WMUK's Takeda Studio
Credit C. Lieurance

A combo of prodigiously talented young jazz musicians who met at Western Michigan University, As The Sea is noted for the close communication between the players themselves and between the players and the audience.

Singer/guitarist Nashon Holloway, pianist Mark Niskanen, and bassist Andrew Rose share their thoughts on songwriting and performing with Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda studio.

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Movie Reviews
6:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Send Out The Doves: 'Noah' Lands On Solid Ground

Ila (Emma Watson) and her husband, Shem, are two passengers aboard the ark built by Noah to escape God's flood in Noah, Darren Aronofsky's imagining of the biblical tale.
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The story of Noah's Ark is getting blockbuster treatment in Hollywood's new biblical epic Noah. Darren Aronofsky's film about the Old Testament shipbuilder has been sparking controversy — but there's no denying that the Great Flood, digitized, is a pretty great flood.

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Code Switch
6:34 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars

Mary Peabody leaves the dining room of a motel in St. Augustine, Fla., on March 31, 1964, after being arrested.
Harold Valentine AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 10:55 pm

This story is part of NPR's 50th anniversary coverage of 1964.

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Author Interviews
6:34 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

In 'Storied Life,' Characters Come With A Reading List

Jan Sandvik iStockphoto

Thirty-nine year old widower A.J. Fikry is an unlikely romantic hero: He's cranky, he drinks too much, his bookstore is failing and don't get him started on the state of publishing. He's also at the center of Gabrielle Zevin's new novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.

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Parallels
5:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War

A man looks at an unexploded barrel bomb that landed in a cemetery after being dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:04 pm

The Syrian civil war has been a major headache for President Obama. Critics at home and abroad, like Saudi Arabia, where the president was on Friday, have urged the U.S. to do more.

But the U.S. isn't the only country that's faced difficult choices over Syria. Iran and Syria have been close allies for decades. And in Iran, discussions about Syria are surprisingly frank, complex and demonstrate growing divisions over how to handle a costly war that has no end in sight.

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This Week's Must Read
5:33 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

An Ode To Our Newest Neighbor: Biden, The Pink Dwarf Planet

two planets
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:34 pm

This week, astronomers discovered a new dwarf planet at the outer reaches of our solar system. It's a pink, icy ball that's beyond Pluto's orbit. Its official name is 2012 VP113, but scientists have given it the nickname "Biden."

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Film
5:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

'The Past' Shows Divorce is Never Easy

For Ahmad and Marie, the couple at the turbulent heart of writer-director Asghar Farhadi's The Past, breaking up was just the beginning.  

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Sports
5:10 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

American Pastime's Season Starts Off, In Australia

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:34 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

So long winter, so long spring training, the American past time gets back in full swing on Sunday and Monday, as Major League baseball begins around the country. But actually, officially speaking, it began already halfway around the world on a cricket ground in Australia. That's where the Los Angeles Dodgers won two games from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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1:55 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

NLRB Hits Kellogg With Lockout Complaint

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The federal agency says it will hold a hearing on the issue in May.
The National Labor Relations Board alleged the Kellogg Co. violated labor law, it announced Friday. In a news release Friday, the NLRB alleged that Kellogg violated the National Labor Relations Act by locking out 225 employees at a Memphis, Tenn., cereal plant.
Local Music
12:05 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

New season, new director, new Fontana

Fontana Chamber Arts
Credit Carol Derks

The 2014-2015 Fall/Winter season of Fontana will feature eight concerts between September 2014 and April 2015. 

Artist director David Baldwin and Cara Lieurance look at the variety of music and musicians, from renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson, to the legendary Marsalis family, to the centuries-old Vienna Boys Choir, who will appear in Kalamazoo as Fontana's guests next season.

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Health
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

West Africans Worried About Ebola Outbreak

The deadly Ebola outbreak in the West African country of Guinea has reached the nation's capital. Now healthcare officials are scrambling for answers. Dr. Armand Sprecher explains.

Faith Matters
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Asian-American Rabbi Changes The Face Of Judaism

New York's Central Synagogue is one of the most prominent synagogues in the country, and its new leader is going to be an Asian-American woman. Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdal shares her story.

Barbershop
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Colbert Went Too Far Or Viewers Can't Take A Joke?

Stephen Colbert is in hot water for his parody of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Now the #CancelColbert hashtag is trending. Did he go too far? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Interviews
11:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.

Random House

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:20 pm

This interview originally aired on Jan. 7, 2013.

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. The document declares that all those held as slaves within any state, or part of a state, in rebellion "shall be then, thenceforward and forever free."

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Television
11:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:20 pm

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

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Movie Reviews
11:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:20 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

Darren Aronofsky had a surprise hit in 2010 with "Black Swan," which won an Oscar for its star, Natalie Portman. His latest film, "Noah," is a big budget Bible epic based on the story of Noah's Ark. Russell Crowe plays the title character, and the movie also features Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

Film critic David Edelstein has this review.

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SW Michigan
10:54 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Holder Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Marriages

Credit WMUK

A federal appeals court won't consider the issue until this summer but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder isn't waiting. The Gongwer News Service reports that Holder has announced that the federal government will extend benefits to about 300 same-sex couples who were married in Michigan last weekend. All of the Democrats in the state's congressional delegation had urged Holder to recognize the marriages now.

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10:42 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Rogers to Leave Congress for Radio Show

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Michigan Republican Mike Rogers of Michigan says he plans to launch a new conservative radio talk show after he leaves office.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced this morning that he will not run for reelection this year. The seven-term congressman - who has been a key ally of House Speaker John Boehner and frequent guest of Sunday morning political talk shows - said he will step down at the end of his term, which ends early next year.
Around the Nation
7:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Taco Bell Commercial Takes A Jab At McDonald's

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Taco Bell stuck it to McDonald's. The fast-food chain is broadcasting TV ads featuring Ronald McDonald. Dozens of people who are really named Ronald McDonald promote Taco Bell. While tweaking the McDonald's mascot, they also promote Taco Bell's authentic Mexican cuisine, including a breakfast waffle taco.

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