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5:56 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

Paul Hollingsworth and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, worked together on a Jurassic Park parody video using Lego bricks.
Paul Hollingsworth

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 6:34 pm

The dinosaurs are lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers.

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The Two-Way
5:48 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four

Michigan State is headed back to the Final Four, where they'll meet Duke next Saturday night. Afterward, Wisconsin takes on the still-unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats.
Elsa Getty Images

We've got a Final Four.

Michigan State and Duke will join Kentucky and Wisconsin in Indianapolis next Saturday night.

In Syracuse, N.Y., Michigan State and Louisville traded leads all game. As the clock wound down, the Spartans led by one point, 65-64. But they missed their chance to extend the lead when freshman Marvin Clark Jr. missed two free throws with 22 seconds to go.

But just seconds later, they fouled Louisville forward Mangok Mathiang, who made one free throw to tie the game, but couldn't hit the second.

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Books
4:44 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

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In 2012, Ian Thorson was found dead in a cave in Arizona. He and his wife had been kicked out of a silent Buddhist retreat that was supposed to last three years, but they decided to finish out the time alone in the desert — and that extreme quest for spiritual enlightenment eventually killed him.

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Health
3:44 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Starting Families Later In Life Could Cause 'Grandparent Deficit'

In a recent piece for Time magazine, Susanna Schrobsdorff presents an unexpected challenge for people starting families later in life. She tells NPR's Arun Rath about the variable she calls the grandparent deficit.

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Shots - Health News
3:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

Hawaii ranks 49th in the nation for use of home health care services during the last six months of someone's life. Videos from ACP Decisions show patients what their options are at the end of life.
ACP Decisions

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 5:10 pm

Lena Katakura's father is 81. He was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer and doctors don't expect him to survive the illness. Katakura says a nurse at their Honolulu hospital gave them a form to fill out to indicate what kind of treatment he'd want at the end of life.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 3:54 pm

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations and what push back they might face.

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U.S.
3:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves

Now a stop on Palm Springs tours, this iconic desert house — shown here in a 1970 photo — was designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra for department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann in 1946.
Slim Aarons Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 7:43 pm

About 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs, with its cloudless skies, bright sunshine and warm temperatures, was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. It attracted stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball.

As the years passed and the city's glamour waned, Palm Springs became better known for tanned retirees and sprawling golf courses. But these days, the city's past is making it a hip destination again.

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My Big Break
3:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away

Zayas is best known for his role as Sergeant Angel Batista on the Showtime drama Dexter. "The one through line of all 8 years of that character was his integrity and honesty," Zayas says.
Randy Tepper Showtime

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

David Zayas used to dream of being an actor. And he made it: he played Enrique Morales, the infamous inmate on HBO's Oz, as well as his most notable role, Sergeant Angel Batista on the Showtime drama Dexter.

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Author Interviews
3:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 3:55 pm

Writer Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather Liu Feng Shu was a scholar in China's Qing Dynasty during the late 1800s and early 1900s. As a patron of the arts, he built up an immense porcelain collection. During the Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese landed near his village on the Yangtze River.

As the army approached, Liu and one of his workman dug a giant hole in their garden, to keep the collection safe.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms

Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) wait for the start of a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotelin Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sunday to discuss a nuclear deal on Iran.
Brendan Smialowski AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:56 pm

Update at 10:50 p.m.:

Media reports suggest that Iran may be backing away from a significant part of the potential deal — agreeing to send enriched uranium to Russia.

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Arab League Approves Idea Of Ground Forces For Regional Security

Secretary-general of the League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri attend a news conference after the closing session of the Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday. The 22-nation body agreed in principle to establishing a regional security force.
Cui Xinyu Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 11:59 am

The Arab League has agreed in principle to establish its own military force designed to combat the threat from Islamist extremists in the region, as the 22-member grouping said that Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemeni Shiite insurgents would continue until the rebels "withdraw and surrender their weapons."

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Dozens Killed In Nigerian Election Violence As Polling Continues

Nigerian electoral officials collate results at a polling station in the oil rich Niger Delta, Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Sunday. Millions of voters headed to the polls in the Nigerian general elections after being delayed for over a month.
Tife Owolabi EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:46 am

Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have reportedly killed about 40 people, including a lawmaker, as the polling for a new president continues in the West African country.

Voting was extended for a second day after technical problems kept some from casting their ballots on Saturday. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is squaring off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Sun March 29, 2015

At Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Remembers Germanwings Crash Victims

Pope Francis blesses a baby after celebrating a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Sunday.
Riccardo De Luca AP

Pope Francis, addressing tens of thousands at St. Peter's Square for his Palm Sunday Mass, remembered the dead of the Germanwings crash and paid tribute to "martyrs" killed for defending their faith.

Speaking in Italian, Francis, 78, prayed for those killed last week in the crash of the airliner in the French Alps, noting that schoolchildren were aboard the plane, which is believed to have been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot.

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Afghanistan
6:43 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Afghan Chief Executive: Leaders Set Aside Egos To Rally For Nation

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah (left) stands with President Ashraf Ghani, Vice President Joe Bidden, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Tuesday.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

Afghanistan's leaders were in Washington last week asking for more assistance from the U.S. They got what they wanted: President Obama announced he would postpone the withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops this year. Those forces are needed to help Afghanistan troops battle the Taliban as the spring
fighting season heats up.

President Ashraf Ghani was accompanied on this trip by Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive of the Afghan government. They were bitter rivals in Afghanistan's presidential election last year and are now sharing power in a unity government.

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Sunday Puzzle
6:43 am
Sun March 29, 2015

For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

NPR

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

On-air challenge: The challenge is a game of Categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something in the category starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H. For example, parts of the human body would be "waist," "arm," "thigh," "chest" and "head."

Last week's challenge: Take the word "die." Think of two synonyms for this word that are themselves exact opposites of each other. What two words are these? A hint: they have the same number of letters.

Answer: Pass, fail

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The Two-Way
6:36 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence.
Rick Callahan AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 9:47 am

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — facing a major backlash from a new law that would allow businesses in the state to cite religious objections to refuse to serve gay people — says he supports an effort to "clarify the intent" of the legislation while acknowledging surprise over the hostility it has sparked.

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Asia
5:39 am
Sun March 29, 2015

How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

A couple enjoys the view of Singapore's financial center. Conservatives saw Singapore as a free-market success story, but Lee Kuan Yew's government played a big role in the economy.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

Singapore has been called the 20th century's most successful development story.

"I don't think any other economy," says Linda Lim, an economist at the University of Michigan, "even the other Asian tigers, have that a good a statistical record of rapid growth, full employment, with very good social indicators — life expectancy, education, housing, etc. — in the first 20 years," she says.

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Iraq
5:31 am
Sun March 29, 2015

As Iraqi Forces Press Into Tikrit, Hundreds Of ISIS FIghters Remain

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

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Europe
5:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Ukrainian Protestants Say Religious Intolerance Rising In Donetsk

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

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Politics
5:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Clinton Seeks A 'New Relationship' With The Press

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

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Europe
5:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Greek Voters Want Their Government To Show Some Fight

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 9:40 am

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The Salt
5:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

A Cheez Whiz ad from 1952.
Courtesy of Kraft Foods

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

Will Cheez Whiz survive the merger?

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Fine Art
5:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

New Postage Stamps Recognize The Genius Of Martin Ramirez

The U.S. Postal Service, in conjunction with the Ricco-Maresca Gallery in New York, unveiled five new stamps Thursday depicting the paintings of Mexican artist Martin Ramirez.
Ricco-Maresca Gallery

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 11:43 am

The U.S. Postal Service has just unveiled five new stamps depicting the paintings and drawings of Martin Ramirez.

An immigrant from Mexico, Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent almost half of his life in California mental hospitals after being diagnosed as a schizophrenic.

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Television
5:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

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All was not prim and proper when actress Cate Blanchett sat down for an interview for the Australian show called "The Project." The interviewer took a decidedly casual tone.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE PROJECT")

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Television
3:32 am
Sun March 29, 2015

In The TV Show 'Younger,' You're Only 26 Twice

With the help of her friend Maggie (Debi Mazar), single mom Liza (Sutton Foster) recasts herself as a 26-year-old in order to get a coveted publishing job. The new TV Land comedy Younger, made by Sex and the City creator Darren Star, premieres March 31.
Photo courtesy of TV Land

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

Tony award-winning actress Sutton Foster just turned 40, but in the TV Land show Younger she gets to be 26 again. Foster plays Liza, a middle-aged woman who needs to get back into the job market. The last time Liza applied for jobs, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram didn't exist. Now, she's convinced that no one wants to hire someone her age. So she moves to Brooklyn, gets a few highlights, learns how to tweet, and applies for a job as an assistant to a fancy New York publisher.

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Book Reviews
3:31 am
Sun March 29, 2015

'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

Emily Jan

Sometimes when I'm talking about romance novels, I try to explain that one of the main reasons I love a good love story — indeed, why many romance fans love them — is because they give us a sense of hope. If these characters can overcome obstacles, become better people, and prove that they deserve each other, then love prevails. Love can change the world.

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Goats and Soda
3:25 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Heat Tolerant, Tough Teeth, Lots Of Milk — They're Supergoats!

The Galla goat is a secret weapon in efforts to cope with climate change.
Courtesy V. Atakos/CCAFS

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 9:34 am

Villagers in a rural district of Kenya are getting a helping hoof to adapt to climate change. A newly introduced breed of "supergoat" is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.

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The Two-Way
9:26 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Kentucky Is Now Just Two Games Away From Perfect Season

Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The 38-0 Wildcats advanced to the Final Four.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 4:43 pm

Half of the men's college basketball Final Four is set. Kentucky, still undefeated, will take on Wisconsin next Saturday night in Indianapolis.

Kentucky tacked on win number 38 in a game against Notre Dame, breaking a tie in the final 6 seconds with a 68-66 victory.

The game was tight through the first half, the teams trading a close lead back and forth. They were tied at the half, 31-31.

Notre Dame held the lead through most of the second, but the Wildcats kept the score close throughout.

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Movies
7:54 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

The Chinese 'Paper Son' Who Inspired The Look Of Disney's 'Bambi'

Wong's style focused more on evoking emotion than capturing a photographic reproduction of nature.
Tyrus Wong Courtesy of the Tyrus Wong Family

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 5:18 pm

The animals were getting lost in the forest — so the story goes.

A year after Walt Disney made history with the release of his studio's first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, his artists were struggling to find the right design for the woodland backgrounds of Bambi, the coming-of-age tale of a young deer.

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Sports
4:35 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, right, and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State played in Friday's East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA tournament in Syracuse. If you've got money riding on this year's NCAA tournament, you might want to hear about what happened to John Bovary's football pool.
Maddie Meyer Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:57 am

About 25 years ago, John Bovery started a modest football pool out of his home in New Jersey. It had 57 participants, all friends and co-workers.

But thanks to word of mouth — and the multiplying factor of email — Bovery's pool grew to staggering proportions. At one point, it got too large for Bovery to handle himself, so he contacted a software company to custom-build something suited to his needs.

By 2009, it included more than 8,000 entries from people around the globe, with a total payout of more than $800,000.

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