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4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Ukrainian Reaction To Secession And Sanctions

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Following Sunday's referendum in Crimea, Robert Siegel speaks with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, to find out his reaction to the vote in favor of secession.

Middle East
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Dispute And Suspicion Swirl About Iranian Water Reactor

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Talks resume this week in Vienna over Iran's nuclear program. Western powers want to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons. Iran wants relief from economic sanctions. Well, today, we look at one of the issues: the construction of Iran's heavy-water reactor near the city of Arak. Critics doubt Iran's claims that the reactor is just for medical research, not weapons.

Here's NPR's Peter Kenyon.

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News
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Hoping To Clear The Air In Paris, Officials Ration The Rue

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:18 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

And if you're trapped in traffic right now, or even if you're not, don't take your eyes off the road. Just let your mind drift slightly and think of Paris. That's where a spike in air pollution has driven the government to ban half of all cars from the road. Several cities in France are giving it a try, and Paris has the most severe restrictions.

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News
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

With Sanctions, Obama Aims For Those Close To Putin

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

The Obama administration is ordering new sanctions against 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials. The move is designed to penalize Russia for efforts to split Crimea away from Ukraine.

News
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kiev Mobilizes Thousands Of Troops, Preparing For Worst

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to mobilize 40,000 reservists as Kiev tries to beef up its military following the referendum in Crimea.

Europe
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

As Penalties Come Down For Russian Officials, How Will Moscow React?

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

The former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, joins the program to comment on the recent sanctions imposed on Russian officials in the wake of the referendum in Crimea.

News
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Europe Pulls Punches With Limited Sanctions, Wary Of Backfire

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

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The United States and Europe both condemn the vote in Crimea. President Obama announced measures he says will increase the cost on Russia. They include the freezing of U.S. assets of certain Russian officials. The president warned there would be more to come, quote, "if Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine." The European Union is also issuing sanctions.

Foreign ministers met in Brussels today and NPR's Ari Shapiro tells us what they did.

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News
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Celebrations In Crimea — And Worries Among Troops Left Behind

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Now that Crimea has voted to separate from Ukraine and join Russia, Ukrainian troops still stationed on the peninsula have become even less secure.

Sports
4:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

At The Cubs' Arizona Retreat, A Fond Reminder Of Wrigley

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

The Cubs have a new home in spring training that evokes their stadium back in Chicago. Fans and former players love Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz. — their own "mini-Wrigley."

Parallels
3:58 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Crimea: What's Next?

Men install a Russian flag and a Crimean flag Monday on the roof of the city hall building in the Crimean city of Bakhchysarai. Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to join with Russia. Ukraine's government rejects the move as illegitimate.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Crimea appears to be on the fast track for joining up with Russia after Sunday's referendum vote in favor of union with Moscow.

Ukraine and the West are adamantly opposed to the Russian annexation of Crimea, but what are they prepared to do about it? Here's a look at the major players and the choices they face in the Crimea crisis.

Ukraine: Ukraine insists that Crimea remains part of the country and is preparing its armed forces. Defense Minister Igor Tenyukh said the country's military forces were mobilized and ready to fight.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Crimea's Parliament Declares Independence

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 3:14 pm

Crimean lawmakers today approved a resolution declaring the peninsula independent. They then filed an appeal to join the Russian Federation, following the lead of Crimeans who yesterday voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine.

The referendum had divided Crimeans, some of whom think joining Russia will bring better wages and living conditions, and others who accuse Russia of an aggressive land grab.

Moscow is strongly backing the referendum, with Russian President Vladimir Putin set to address a joint session of parliament tomorrow.

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The Salt
2:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Subway Flatizza

"Flatizza" is not to be confused with "Flatzilla," the two-dimensional lizard monster.
NPR

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 4:40 pm

Whether it's James Franco writing novels or Pablo Picasso scrapbooking, all great artists move outside their medium. Subway has recently been experimenting with pizzas. The latest is the Flatizza, which is a combination of "flatbread" and "pizza," and is also embarrassing to say when you have to order one.

Mike: Subway pizza is a tough sell. "Five-dollar foot-wide" feels wrong.

Miles: I just don't understand why Subway demands we wash down the Flatizza with a FlatSoda.

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NPR Story
2:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Documentary Revisits Anita Hill's Testimony

Law professor Anita Hill takes the oath on October 12, 1991, before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington D.C. Hill filed sexual harassment charges against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. (Jennifer Law/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas as an associate Supreme Court justice.

Her allegations of sexual harassment and the intense questioning by the senators ignited a firestorm of controversy around the country between those who believed Hill and those who thought she was lying.

Though Clarence Thomas was eventually confirmed and currently sits on the Supreme Court, Anita Hill’s life was forever changed.

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Author Interviews
1:37 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

Penelope Lively's other books include A Stitch In Time, Astercote and The Road To Lichfield.
Robbin Matthew Photography Courtesy of Viking

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 1:52 pm

Penelope Lively describes her latest book, Dancing Fish And Ammonites, as "not quite a memoir," but rather "the view from old age," a subject she says she can report on with some authority — Monday is the British writer's 81st birthday.

Lively was born in Egypt, where her father was working at the time. She and her mother fled the country during World War II. When she was 12, in 1945, Lively was sent to live with her grandmothers in England.

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Code Switch
1:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

What Do Jay Z And Shakespeare Have In Common? Swagger

Jay-Z performs during his Magna Carter world tour this past January.
Owen Sweeney AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 4:30 pm

"No one on the corner has swagga like us," sang rapper M.I.A. in her global hit "Paper Planes." The song was later sampled by T.I. and Jay Z in their hit song "Swagga Like Us." A few years before that, it was Jay-Z who declared "I guess I got my swagger back" on his 2001 album The Blueprint.

The word swagger should be a familiar term to anyone who has listened to popular hip-hop songs in recent years; a recent search on Rap Genius turned up more than a thousand songs that used the word in the lyrics.

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Navy SEALs Take Control Of Oil Tanker Seized By Libyan Rebels

Navy SEALs took control of the Morning Glory on Sunday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The vessel was said to be carrying stolen Libyan oil.
Dietmar Hasenpusch DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 2:20 pm

A team of Navy SEALs boarded and took control of an oil tanker carrying Libyan oil, southeast of Cyprus, at the request of the Libyan and Cypriot governments, the Defense Department said in a statement Monday.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the SEALs boarded the Morning Glory on Sunday night local time in international waters; the vessel was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans.

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

GM Recalls 1.2 Million SUVs For Problem With Air Bags

The 2013 Buick Enclave.
GM AP

Already in the news for a recall involving 1.6 million small vehicles with faulty ignition switches, General Motors on Monday added 1.2 million SUVs and nearly 400,000 other vehicles to its list of models with problems that need fixing.

The new recalls, which GM has listed here:

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Scientists Announce A Big-Bang Breakthrough

This image released Monday by Harvard-led researchers represents the gravitational waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background in the microsecond after the Big Bang.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 4:19 pm

This post was update at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Researchers say they've discovered that gravitational waves rippled through the fabric of space-time in the first sliver of a second after the Big Bang — the first direct evidence for a mysterious, ultrarapid expansion at the dawn of the universe. If confirmed, it would represent one of the most profound insights in decades to emerge from the field of cosmology.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:33 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

A New Window On The Big Bang Has Been Opened

The BICEP2 telescope at twilight, which occurs only twice a year at the South Pole.
Steffen Richter Harvard University

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:49 am

It's not every day that a new window on the birth of the universe is thrown open. It's not every day that human beings get the chance to leap into the void and have their conceptions of space and time stretched to the limits. It's not every day that we see the wildest dreams of scientists realized, written into the fabric of space and time and light.

Today appears to be one of those days.

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History
12:08 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Beyond 'Kiss Me' Signs and Green Bagels

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 12:32 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. People around the world are celebrating St. Patrick's Day today. It's known here in the U.S. for big parades, booze and green everything, and I do mean everything. But it's also a good time to remember exactly why the Irish diaspora and its traditions spread so far. So we called upon Christine Kinealy. She is a professor of history and director of the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, and Professor Christine Kinealy is with us now. Welcome, thanks much for joining us.

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