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7:29 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea

Last week, a YouTube video of a far-right member of Ukraine's parliament roughing up the top executive of the state television network went viral.
Eurovision/YouTube

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:02 am

Since the upheaval in Ukraine began four months ago, the number of kidnappings of journalists and activists has been on the rise, though they've always been part of the Ukrainian political landscape.

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The Two-Way
7:29 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Egyptian Court Orders Prominent Activist Freed On Bail

Alaa Abdel Fattah (center), a prominent activist and a leading figure in the 2011 uprising against Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak, is welcomed by his wife after he was released from the main central security office in Cairo on Sunday.
Roger Anis AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 2:48 pm

At a Cairo criminal court, a judge ordered the release of prominent left-wing activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on bail. Abdel Fattah, described by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, has spent almost four months in prison.

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The Two-Way
7:28 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Two More Upsets: Stanford Takes Kansas; Kentucky Fells Wichita St.

Chasson Randle of Stanford celebrates defeating the Kansas Jayhawks during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 7:19 am

The NCAA Tournament has produced another stunning upset: This afternoon, the Kansas Jayhawks joined Villanova as the second No. 2 seed to fall in the round of 32.

Kansas lost to Stanford 60-57 on Sunday.

SB Nation reports:

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The Two-Way
7:28 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Guinea Says 59 People Have Died In Ebola Outbreak

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:46 am

The West African country of Guinea said on Sunday that 59 people have died during an outbreak of Ebola.

The AP reports this is the first time an outbreak of the virus has been detected among humans in the country.

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Sports
7:28 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Fate Sets Up A Date With The Boston Marathon

Amelia Nelson, 27, after 6-mile training run for the Boston Marathon.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:47 am

Through the spring, NPR will be telling the stories eight runners competing in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Amelia Nelson is running her first marathon.


Amelia Nelson is a reluctant runner.

As she walks out of her Cambridge apartment one day in February, there is snow still piled on the sidewalks. Big mounds of it — already blackened by the traffic — spill onto the road.

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Author Interviews
7:27 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Courtesy of Beacon Press

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:27 am

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.

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My Big Break
7:27 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 4:37 pm

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.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:27 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

Composer John Adams.
Margaretta Mitchell

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:36 am

For the millennium, in 2000 American composer John Adams completed a compelling, large-scale oratorio based on the nativity story called El Niño. Now he's composed a companion piece, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a Passion oratorio mounted with his usual collaborator, the stage director and librettist Peter Sellars.

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Sports
7:26 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

In LA, Watching Home Team's Ball Games Just Got More Complicated

Pay to (watch them) play: Dodgers fans in and around Los Angeles can only see their team on TV if they have Time Warner cable service.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 4:37 pm

On Saturday, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off the baseball season with two games in Sydney, Australia. Fans in most of the country watched the games on the official Major League Baseball Network. But in Los Angeles, home of the Dodgers, fans could only watch on a brand new all-Dodgers channel.

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All Tech Considered
7:26 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Xbox? Playstation? Wii? A Cheaper Way To Join The Console Wars

If you want to try the console gaming experience without the jaw-dropping cost, step back from the hype and consider older models.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 2:09 pm

In our Getting Back In The Game series, we're helping would-be gamers navigate the wide world of video games — whether you're new to the hobby or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while.

If you've been out of the game, all the hype over the latest consoles may leave you too bewildered to choose. As we said in our platform guide for would-be gamers, consoles are a pretty pricey commitment.

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Around the Nation
7:25 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Freeing Up California's Prisons: A Massive Undertaking

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "nonserious" crimes to county jails.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:18 am

It's been said you can judge the quality of a civilization by the way it treats its prisoners. If that's true, California in 2011 was in poor condition, at least according to the Supreme Court.

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All Tech Considered
7:14 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Getting Back In The Game: Where Should A Would-Be Gamer Play?

Iconic video game character Mario is shown in the Nintendo booth at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 2:07 pm

This is the first installment of our Getting Back In The Game series, where we're showing you how you can get into the wide world of video games — whether you're new to gaming or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while.

So you want to play video games. People from all walks of life are playing, and what was once a fringe hobby is now a billion-dollar industry.

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The Two-Way
9:19 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Latest Leak: NSA Burrowed Into Chinese Telecom Giant's Servers

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 11:35 am

The National Security Agency has in recent years "pried its way into the servers" of Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that the spy agency has long suspected could work with the Chinese military to steal secrets from American firms and the U.S. government, The New York Times reported Saturday.

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The Two-Way
9:19 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Dayton Sends Third-Seeded Syracuse Home Early In NCAA Tourney

Syracuse's Trevor Cooney (No. 10) shoots between Dayton's Devon Scott (second from left) and Dyshawn Pierre (right) as Khari Price (left) watches during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday.
Bill Wippert AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:02 am

In an NCAA men's tournament that has surprised many with early upsets, the University of Dayton kept the run going by taking out third-seeded Syracuse 55-53 on Saturday.

As SBNation reports, the win puts the Dayton Flyers into their first Sweet 16 since 1984.

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Code Switch
9:19 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility

From a mixed heritage, Adam Jacobs plays Aladdin in the Disney Broadway production of the same name.
Cylla von Tiedemann AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:48 am

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