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5:37 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid?

Arizona guard Gabe York (1) pulls down a rebound as teammate Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) watches during a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball tournament game against San Diego State, Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:44 am

Would March Madness be terribly different if the players were paid?

Probably not. The college basketball tournament might become more professionalized, but it wouldn't look much different from what we're seeing right now.

"I don't see it changing one iota," says ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

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Parallels
5:36 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Dans Le Train, French Spend Their Commute Learning English

David Potier, head of commercial relations with France's state rail company, promotes the English classes and Canadian Afton Piercy is one of the teachers.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:18 am

On some French trains, the conductor's whistle signals more than just a departure. For commuters traveling on an express train from Reims to Paris — a 90-mile, 45-minute ride — it means the beginning of English class.

"Before the course, we were sleeping in the train in the morning," says passenger-student Gilles Hallais. "So I prefer practicing English."

Hallais, 44, is a journalist at French public radio. He says while he doesn't need English for his work, he does need it for his life. "I think it could be a handicap if I don't speak fluent English."

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The Two-Way
8:50 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Breaking Tradition, Pope Confesses His Sins In Public

Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter's basilica on Friday at the Vatican.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis broke tradition, again, today by confessing his sins in public.

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It's All Politics
8:17 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter

A lot more people now know who Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is, which was the point of the hog-castration line in her campaign ad.
YouTube screen shot Joni Ernst for Senate YouTube channel

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 11:14 pm

One candidate talks fondly about castrating hogs in her youth and suggests that could be a useful skill in Washington.

Another fires semi-automatic weapons at a 2-foot-high stack of paper representing the Affordable Care Act before feeding it through a wood chipper.

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Planet Money
8:16 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Episode 528: Money, Work and TV

Patrick Harbron Netflix

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 9:18 pm

On today's show: Three short stories from Planet Money. We follow the money into the depths of the Internet, look at how women and men negotiate their salaries, and parse the debate over the minimum wage.

For more on these stories check out: When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? and Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

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Movie Reviews
8:02 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

For Two Brothers, Life Creeps Into The Paradise Of Summer Break

Brothers Tommy (Ryan Jones) and Eric (Nathan Varnson), and their group of friends spend much of their summer hanging out in the woods and abandoned buildings near their small New Jersey town.
Courtesy of Tribeca Film

For parents dreading the prospect of their kids spending summer locked in air-conditioned basements with nothing but the glow of computer, TV, and tablet screens to keep them company, the opening scenes of Hide Your Smiling Faces will surely inspire wistful sighs.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Transcript

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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Transcript

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!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Transcript

MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Tom Bodett, Kyrie O'Connor, and Roy Blount Jr. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, and filling in for Peter Sagal from Slate.com, it's Mike Pesca.

(APPLAUSE)

MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing his week with Tom Bodett, Kyrie O'Connor, and Roy Blount Jr. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, and filling in for Peter Sagal, from Slate.com it's Mike Pesca.

(APPLAUSE)

MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Transcript

MIKE PESCA, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. Or really, I'm not here most weeks, but they want to remind everyone to join them here most weeks here at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org, and you can find a link at the website, waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. And here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, and filling in for Peter Sagal, Mike Pesca.

(APPLAUSE)

MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Violinist Itzhak Perlman Gets Quizzed On Ron Perlman

Dr. Scott M. Lieberman AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:25 am

Violinist Itzhak Perlman has played for presidents and the Queen of England, but the high point of his career is obviously for him to be right here, playing the NPR news quiz.

We've invited him to play a game called "You're no Hellboy." Three questions for Izhak Perlman about actor Ron Perlman from Hellboy, Beauty and the Beast and Sons of Anarchy.

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The Two-Way
7:08 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Defense Says FBI Wanted Marathon Bombing Suspect As Informant

Tamerlan Tsarnaev in April 2009.
Barcroft Media Barcroft Media /Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 7:34 pm

Defense attorneys for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say sometime before the bombing his older brother, Tamerlan, was approached by the FBI and was asked to be an informant.

In a letter from February made public in a motion filed in federal court today, the attorneys say the FBI made "more than one visit" to talk to Tamerlan and two of his associates.

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The Two-Way
7:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

GM Recalls More Cars Over Possible Faulty Ignition Switches

A 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe sits on display at General Motors headquarters in Detroit in 2009.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 7:35 am

General Motors is recalling an additional 824,000 small cars in the U.S., adding to the 1.37 million it recalled domestically last month, citing possible faulty ignition switches.

Worldwide, the latest announcement affects a total of 971,000 vehicles, on top of the 1.6 million recalled globally in February.

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Shots - Health News
6:30 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

A Third Of School-Age Kids May Have Risky Cholesterol Levels

Getting kids to exercise regularly and eat right can reduce their risk of heart disease down the road.
Robert Brown iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:46 pm

Of all the things parents worry about when it comes to their children's health, high cholesterol probably isn't very high on the list.

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Code Switch
6:27 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
6:01 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

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

Jan Sandvik iStockphoto

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

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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Movie Reviews
6:01 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

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:42 pm

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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