1:00pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Opinion

Op-Ed: Why I Wrote 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law faces increased scrutiny after the death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. State Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Fla.) co-sponsored the law and says it does not appear to be applicable to that case.

1:00pm

Mon March 26, 2012
National Security

Defining Nuclear Security In Face Of Modern Threats

Speaking in South Korea, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. can further reduce its nuclear arsenal, while maintaining its security. Some insist that a credible nuclear deterrent requires a sizeable stockpile of weapons.

12:43pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Supreme Court Justices Hear Opening Arguments Over Health Care Law

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 5:09 pm

Members of the public line up Monday morning as the Supreme Court begins three days of arguments on the health care overhaul law signed by President Obama in Washington.
Charles Dharapak AP
  • Listen to Nina Totenberg and Ari Shapiro talk about Monday's arguments


Does a federal law stretching back to 1867 bar the Supreme Court from deciding on the merits of the administration's health law right now?

The court on Monday heard the first arguments in a historic three-day session that could decide the fate of the Obama administration's signature domestic achievement.

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12:32pm

Mon March 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Filmmaker James Cameron Completes Solo Dive To Bottom Of The Ocean

Explorer James Cameron emerges from the Deepsea Challenger submersible after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench.
Mark Thiessen AFP/Getty Images

The filmmaker James Cameron just completed the first solo dive to the deepest part of the ocean.

As we reported, the Challenger Deep, near Guam, is 6.83 miles underneath the water's surface and had only been visited once before in 1960.

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12:30pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Car Guru: Stop Downshift In Manual Transmissions

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 7:17 pm

Fewer people are buying cars with manual transmissions, and most young people now learn how to drive an automatic only.
Ian Kobylanski via Flickr

Seventy years ago, 70 percent of U.S.-made cars came with a stick shift. The number is less than 9 percent today.

But at least one man is on a quest to reverse that slide.

Eddie Alterman loves automobiles. He's a gear head. He's the top editor at Car and Driver magazine. His whole career, he has watched the sales of cars with stick shifts decline. And when Ferrari failed to offer a manual option for the new 458 Italia, he said, enough's enough. Basta.

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Radiolab

Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

More information about Radiolab, and podcasts from each show, can be found on their website.

Radiolab is heard around the country on over 300 stations.

Radiolab is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. More information about Sloan at www.sloan.org.

12:00pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Music

Real Influences Behind Fictional Hot Time Swingers

The novel Half-Blood Blues explores the plight of black musicians living in Germany on the cusp of World War II. Guest host Jacki Lyden takes listeners on a musical journey through some of the sounds that might have been heard in the fictional clubs of Esi Edugyen's award-winning novel.

12:00pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Humans

Parlez Vous Francais? It Might Boost Brain Power

Ever wish you had studied a little harder in your high school French or Spanish class? According to a recent New York Times article, being bilingual has benefits that extend well beyond language skills. Guest host Jacki Lyden explores this issue with Ellen Bialystock, professor of psychology at York University.

12:00pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Author Interviews

Jazz, Race Collide With War In 1930s Europe

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 11:41 am

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away this week. Now we're going to take a trip back in time with the help of a prize-winning novelist.

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12:00pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Arts & Life

Tweet Your Poem For Tell Me More

April is National Poetry Month and Tell Me More is asking listeners to tweet original poetry. Poems that are 140 characters or less can be marked #tmmpoetry, and some of the poetic tweets will be aired throughout the month of April.

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