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4:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Worst Nightmare Comes True For One Of America's Best Brackets

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Last night, the UConn Huskies won the NCAA's men's championship over Kentucky. But for one Connecticut fan and resident, the victory is bittersweet. Before the start of the tournament, Corey Johnson, like many others, filled out a bracket. And he did his online hoping to win some money in the Yahoo! Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. Those with the top 20 brackets would win $100,000 each.

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Sports
4:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

History And Hatred In A Battle Of Basketball Unbeatens

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Two undefeated teams go head-to-head tonight in the women's NCAA championship game. The University of Connecticut has 39 wins, no losses. Notre Dame is 37 and 0. It's the first time two unbeaten college basketball teams will meet in the title game, men's or women's. And it promises to be an epic matchup between old rivals - with a hefty dose of smack talk leading up to it.

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

WATCH: Sparks Fly In Holder, Gohmert Exchange On Capitol Hill

Sparks don't usually fly during an hours-long meeting of the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

But on Tuesday, when Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert brought up the House finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012, Holder lost his cool:

"You don't want to go there, buddy," Holder said. "You don't want to go there."

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The Two-Way
4:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe

Lawrence Krauss is among the scientists featured in the pseudoscience documentary. He says interviews of him were taken out of context for the film.
Monika Graff UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 10:13 am

It has the look and feel of a fast-paced and riveting science documentary.

The trailer opens with actress Kate Mulgrew (who starred as Capt. Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager) intoning, "Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong." That's followed by heavyweight clips of physicists Michio Kaku and Lawrence Krauss.

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All Tech Considered
4:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Security Bug That Affects Most Of The Internet, Explained

A screen grab from a Heartbleed test Tuesday morning showed Yahoo was vulnerable. The company has since fixed the vulnerability.
filippo.io/Heartbleed screengrab

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:45 pm

Editor's Note: A very serious bug with a scary name, Heartbleed, was discovered and disclosed this week. The bug affects OpenSSL, a popular cryptographic library that is used to secure a huge chunk of the Internet's traffic. Even if you have never heard of OpenSSL, chances are, it's helped secure your data in some way.

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Code Switch
2:45 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Brittney Griner puts up a shot against Japan during a 2013 preseason WNBA game in Phoenix.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male and female players. She's so good that the owner of a men's team — the Dallas Mavericks — has said he'd recruit her.

Now, Griner is also an author. She's co-written a new memoir, In My Skin, in which she describes being bullied and taunted as a kid for her height and athleticism.

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Mountain Stage
2:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mollie O'Brien And Rich Moore On Mountain Stage

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:39 pm

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with an appearance by singer Mollie O'Brien and guitarist Rich Moore.

Making her 18th appearance on the show, O'Brien is described by host Larry Groce as one of the most talented artists to appear on the show's stage. "Of the nearly 2,000 guests who have appeared on the show, O'Brien is perhaps the best singer we've ever had," he says.

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NPR Story
2:35 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Debate Over 'Love Locks' On Paris Bridges

No one knows where this practice started, but hundreds of thousands of locks adorn bridges in Paris. (Carlo Occiena/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:46 pm

“Love locks” can be found on bridges from Australia to Italy, and even in U.S. cities like Norfolk, Virginia. The padlocks are latched onto pedestrian bridges and inscribed with vows of love. The keys are tossed into the water below as an testament of unbreakable devotion.

No one knows where the practice started, but hundreds of thousands of these locks adorn bridges in Paris. Some say it was from the 2006 novel, “Ho Voglia Di Te” (I Want You), by Italian author Federico Moccia, while other believe it was at the Seoul Tower in Korea.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Calif. Lawmaker Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption

Calif. State Sen. Leland Yee (second from left) is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:13 pm

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California state Sen. Leland Yee, a prominent Democratic lawmaker who pushed for more gun control, pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic guns during an appearance in federal court on Tuesday.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Yee is facing up to 125 years in prison. The paper adds:

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NPR Story
2:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bringing The Colorado River Back To Long-Dry Parts Of Mexico

An eight-week release of water from the Morelos Dam has filled parts of the Colorado River Delta that haven't seen water in nearly two decades, like this spot about 20 miles south of the dam. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:46 pm

For the first time in almost 20 years, the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico through a dam that usually stops it. It’s called a pulse flow — a temporary release of water.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Stina Sieg of KJZZ traveled to see the effect it’s having on Mexico’s long-barren delta.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Flight 370 Vanished A Month Ago. What Happens Now?

A crewman on a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion searches for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in the southern Indian Ocean earlier this month.
Kim Christian AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:21 pm

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One month ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An international search team has spent weeks combing the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Boeing 777. Here's a summary of where we are with the hunt for the jetliner.

What do we know?

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Television
2:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly, without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable — but NBC's Parenthood finds the right balance. Above, Ray Romano as Hank, Mae Whitman as Amber, and Lauren Graham as Sarah.
Colleen Hayes NBC

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:41 pm

During a recent Fresh Air review of the CBS series The Good Wife, I referred to it as one of my "go-to" shows whenever anyone asks me to name a drama series on broadcast TV that's as good as the ones on cable these days. Ever since, I've wanted to give equal time to my other go-to choice. That show, now winding up its fifth season, is NBC's Parenthood.

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All Songs TV
2:03 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

First Watch: Sweet Apple, 'Boys In Her Fanclub'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:36 am

The Golden Age of Glitter is out now on Tee Pee Records. Sweet Apple features members of Dinosaur Jr. (J Mascis on drums), Cobra Verde and Witch.

NPR Story
1:58 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Water Crisis Not Over After West Virginia Chemical Spill

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:46 pm

It’s been called one of the most serious episodes of drinking water contamination in U.S. history. Four months after thousands of gallons of the coal-washing chemical MCHM spilled from an unregulated above-ground storage tank into the Elk River, many people in and around Charleston, West Virginia, are still using bottled water.

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NPR Story
1:58 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Auditing 101: When The IRS Comes To Audit

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:46 pm

Perhaps more dreaded than doing your taxes each year is the possibility that you might get audited.

Audits are rare — the IRS says fewer than 1 percent of taxpayers were audited last year — and the affluent are more likely to be audited than lower earners.

Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Bellini joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk Auditing 101.

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Author Interviews
1:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

In her memoir Living With a Wild God, Barbara Ehrenreich describes the mystical visions she had as a teenager.
Courtesy of Twelve/Hachette Book Group

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 2:35 pm

Barbara Ehrenreich is known for her books and essays about politics, social welfare, class, women's health and other women's issues. Her best-seller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, explored the difficulties faced by low-wage workers. So fans of Ehrenreich's writing may be surprised at the subject of her new memoir — the mystical visions she had as a teenager.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

American Muslim Men And The Search For Love

(D'Arcy Vallance/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:46 pm

An awkward teenager tries to figure out if a girl likes him, learns how to kiss and works up the courage to ask her to the prom — and then figures out how to go without his conservative parents knowing.

A young man who knows he’s gay tells his family, only to be cruelly rejected by them.

A man realizes he’s the jerk who didn’t call back the woman, even though they both clearly liked each other.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A Look At Tough Discipline In Chicago Charter School Network

A student at Noble Street College Prep in Chicago does classwork. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:46 pm

We’ve been hearing about the push by civil rights groups and the Obama Administration to end so-called “zero tolerance” discipline policies in schools, which suspend and expel students for often minor infractions.

The critics say it cuts kids out of the education process and puts them in a “school-to-prison pipeline.” The schools say it raises standards.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Ukraine Forces Crack Down On Pro-Russia Demonstrators

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:46 pm

In Eastern Ukraine, security forces are cracking down on pro-Russian demonstrators. Today, Ukrainian security forces drove pro-Russian protesters out of the regional government headquarters in Kharkiv and arrested about 70 of them.

While debating the deteriorating situation in the east of the country, deputies in the Ukrainian parliament chamber broke out into a fistfight as tempers flared over pro-Russian demonstrations.

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Code Switch
1:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

According to iStockphoto, these floating letters "symbolize the idea of literature." Sure. We'll just roll with that.
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Help us make poetry!

April is National Poetry Month: 30 days set aside for the celebration of all things verse. Many of us here at Code Switch love poetry every month of the year, but we can't always make space for it in our coverage.

So this month, we're taking advantage of the national celebration and highlighting great poets and poems that address issues of race, ethnicity and culture.

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