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3:00pm

Sun March 25, 2012
Health Care

Obama's Health Care Law: Past, Present And Future

Tomorrow morning the Supreme Court begins a three-may marathon of oral arguments challenging President Obama's landmark health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan previews the arguments with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. She also speaks to Mark Gross, owner of a professional line standing service, who is poised to have a lucrative week, and Jeff Rother of the National Coalition on Health Care walks us back through health reform's tempestuous path to the Supreme Court.

2:06pm

Sun March 25, 2012
Author Interviews

Teddy Roosevelt's 'Doomed' War On New York Vice

The Bowery, under the shadow of the elevated train tracks in New York City, bustled at night with colored lights and cane-swirling barkers, in places such as the Lyceum Concert Garden.
E. Idell Zeisloft Courtesy Doubleday

New York in the gilded age was a city of epic contrasts. Top-hatted swells in glossy carriages promenaded uptown, while just a few blocks south, poverty, crime and overcrowding were the order of the day.

And vice, let's not forget vice. New York was what was called a "wide-open" town, with gambling, prostitution and liquor available on almost every corner. The cops and the Democratic machine politicians of Tammany Hall mostly looked the other way — when they weren't actively involved.

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1:20pm

Sun March 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Cheney Recovering After Heart Transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from a heart transplant he received at a Virginia hospital.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering Sunday from a heart transplant he received at a Virginia hospital.

As NPR's Don Gonyea reported: "Cheney had been on a waiting list for a new heart for more than 20 months, ever since surgery in 2010 to install a pump and external battery to deal with was described as 'end stage heart failure.'"

A statement released Saturday by a Cheney aide said that the former vice president and his family do not know the donor's identity. The statement said the family will be "forever grateful for this lifesaving gift."

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10:07am

Sun March 25, 2012
Music Interviews

Lost In The Trees: A Golden Memorial Of Orchestral Folk

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 8:51 am

A Church That Fits Our Needs is Lost In The Trees' second album, a tribute to the late mother of frontman Ari Picker (second from left).
Annalee Harkins Courtesy of the artist

The newest album from the folk outfit Lost in the Trees is a very personal one. Ari Picker, the creative force behind the band, began writing the songs for A Church That Fits Our Needs after the death of his mother, Karen Shelton. She was an artist herself, one who struggled with mental illness throughout her life. In 2008, she killed herself.

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8:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Sports

On To The Final Four: Louisville, Ohio State Win

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 4:04 pm

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SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:

In NCAA men's basketball, the Louisville Cardinals and Ohio State Buckeyes have qualified for the Final Four. Later today, two more teams will join them after Kentucky plays Baylor and Kansas faces North Carolina. With so much basketball peppered with reversals and upsets, it's hard to deny the madness of March. But, as NPR's Mike Pesca reports, most coaches try desperately to keep it at bay.

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8:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Law

Health Care Law Heads To The High Court

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 10:30 am

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SUSAN STAMBERG, BYLINE: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Susan Stamberg. Rachel Martin is on assignment.

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8:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Media

Supreme Court Doesn't Budge On Push For Cameras

Not one second of the six hours of arguments on the health care law will be either seen or heard in real time by anyone not at the Supreme Court. The nation's highest court has turned down requests to allow live broadcasts of this week's historic proceedings.

8:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Politics

Cheney Begins Heart Transplant Recovery

Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant Saturday, after waiting 20 months for a donor.

8:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Religion

Pope To Give Mass In Mexico

Pope Benedict XVI gives an open-air Mass in Mexico Sunday and, on his way there, will bless the Christ the King monument, an important symbol of Mexican Catholicism.

8:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Politics

Cheney Gets Heart Transplant After 20-Month Wait

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has undergone a heart transplant in a hospital near Washington. Cheney, 71, was on the waiting list for a heart for 20 months, which is longer than the average wait time in the Washington area. His prognosis remains uncertain.

8:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Asia

Obama In South Korea For Nuclear Security Summit

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 10:30 am

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SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:

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6:07am

Sun March 25, 2012
The Impact of War

Home Front: 'Citizen Soldiers' Start A Transition

Originally published on Sun April 1, 2012 10:39 am

Members of the 182nd Infantry Regiment arrive in Indiana after spending a year in Afghanistan. They will spend about a week here before returning to their homes in New England.
Tom Dreisbach NPR

A few days ago, a plane carrying members of the 182nd Infantry Regiment touched down in Indiana. The 303 soldiers who were on board are members of an Army National Guard unit that has just finished a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

The soldiers, dressed in their combat uniforms and carrying their weapons, bounded down the stairs from the plane. They shook the hands of the generals who had gathered there to welcome them home. It was the middle of the night and raining, but none of them seemed to mind. It had been a long trip and a long year.

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6:07am

Sun March 25, 2012
Latin America

Pope Visits Cuba To Recharge Faith, Urge Reform

Parishioners stand outside a Catholic church in a poor Santiago suburb on Saturday in Cuba. Pope Benedict XVI is in Mexico but will head to Cuba next for a three-day visit.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The preparations for Pope Benedict XVI's three-day visit to Cuba have produced some unusual sights and sounds there lately.

A church van with a megaphone drove around one Havana neighborhood recently, calling Cubans out of their homes to a gathering in a nearby park, with the message that God loves them.

The number of churchgoing Catholics on the island is growing again, but it remains less than 10 percent, and the call to gather was a rare exception to the Communist government's ban on public acts of religious proselytism.

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6:06am

Sun March 25, 2012
World

In Contentious System, Hope For A Russian Orphan

Artyom Savelyev, now 9, plays with a Matryoshka doll in a children's hospital in Moscow in 2010. The American woman who adopted him sent him back to Russia two years ago.
EPA /Landov

The Russian boy sent back to his homeland by his adoptive U.S. mother two years ago might have finally gotten a break.

Torry Ann Hansen put Artyom Savelyev on a plane with a note saying he had "severe psychopathic issues" and she didn't want to be his parent any more. A Shelbyville, Tenn., court ordered her to pay child support this month.

Artyom's journey highlights the challenges both within Russia and between Russia and the United States over how to care for orphans.

Creating A Family Life

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6:05am

Sun March 25, 2012
Presidential Race

Another Southern Win Keeps Santorum Optimistic

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican presidential primary Saturday, beating front-runner Mitt Romney in the race to challenge President Obama.
Jae C. Hong AP

Rick Santorum had been expected to win Louisiana's Republican presidential primary Saturday, but the size of the victory was a surprise. The former Pennsylvania senator captured 49 percent of the GOP vote. Mitt Romney, who is the front-runner nationally, finished a distant second with nearly 27 percent. Santorum sees his win as evidence that the party still has big doubts about Romney.

Among those who voted for Santorum was 54-year-old Curt Thurmon in Shreveport.

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6:04am

Sun March 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Sunshine State Bets On Sunset For Health Care Act

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 11:26 am

Louisa McQueeney manages a small business in Lantana, Fla., shipping gift food and produce. She believes the new health care law could bring down her employee health care costs, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott disagrees, and he's leading the battle to strike down the law in court.
Greg Allen NPR

No state has worked harder to stop the federal health care overhaul than Florida. Hours after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law two years ago, Florida led 12 other states in a federal court challenge. Eventually, a total of 26 states signed on.

The Supreme Court will hear the case this week. Meanwhile, Florida's governor, Rick Scott, has rejected more than $35 million in federal grants to help the state prepare for the new federal program.

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6:03am

Sun March 25, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

A Legal Guide To The Health Care Arguments

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 10:23 am

On Monday, the court considers whether it can even hear the health care case now.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments over President Obama's health care overhaul this week, we take a look at the questions at stake each day.

Monday: Can the courts even rule on the constitutionality of the law right now?

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6:03am

Sun March 25, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

In Health Case, Combustible Mix Of Politics And Law

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 8:33 am

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week over President Obama's health care overhaul.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments Monday in a Republican-led challenge to the national health care law that has convulsed the country and its political class for more than two years — and may well define President Obama's tenure in the White House.

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8:32pm

Sat March 24, 2012
U.S.

Former VP Cheney Undergoes Heart Transplant

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 11:32 pm

Dick Cheney, 71, was in a Virginia hospital following a heart transplant Saturday. Host Laura Sullivan talks with NPR's Rob Stein about the former vice president's health.

5:13pm

Sat March 24, 2012
Presidential Race

The GOP Contest: Louisiana And Beyond

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LAURA SULLIVAN, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Laura Sullivan, in for Guy Raz.

The Republican nominating contest is back in the South today as primary voters cast their ballots in Louisiana. A little earlier, we caught up with NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea who's on the road in Louisiana. Don, where are you now?

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5:08pm

Sat March 24, 2012
Books

Three-Minute Fiction: The Deadline Approaches

In Round 8 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest, listeners were given this challenge: Begin a story with this sentence: "She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally decided to walk through the door." And, as always, the story must be 600 words or less. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday.

4:57pm

Sat March 24, 2012
Presidential Race

Dissecting Santorum's Ominous 'Obamaville' Ad

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 11:32 pm

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LAURA SULLIVAN, HOST:

A new online ad from Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum sketches out a dire threat.

(SOUNDBITE OF POLITICAL AD)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Imagine a small American town two years from now if Obama is re-elected. The wait to see a doctor is ever increasing. Gas prices through the roof, and the freedom of religion under attack.

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4:41pm

Sat March 24, 2012
U.S.

'Living, Breathing Archeology' In The Arizona Desert

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 8:42 am

Thousands of people try to cross the desert from Mexico into the United States every year.
Michael Wells

If you walk through the desert in southern Arizona you can find evidence of a major migration. Water bottles, shoes, food wrappers — these are some of the things left behind by the thousands of people who try to cross the border between Mexico and the United States every year.

For some people, the items are trash to be cleaned up; for others, they offer a window into a perilous voyage.

Combing The Desert

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4:11pm

Sat March 24, 2012
Law

Unlikely Advocates For Teen Killers: Victims' Families

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 11:32 pm

Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel wait outside the Supreme Court for Tuesday's hearing on whether it is unconstitutional to sentence teenagers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. When he was 16, Israel shot and killed Johnson's son.
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week about the fate of 2,500 offenders who were sentenced as teenagers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Seventy-nine of them were 13 or 14 when they committed their crimes.

Many prosecutors and family members of victims spoke out about the need to keep the sentences in place.

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3:44pm

Sat March 24, 2012
Movies

From Page To Screen: Hollywood Targets YA Fiction

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 11:32 pm

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, adapted from Suzanne Collins' bestselling novel trilogy.
Lionsgate

Sixteen-year-old Katniss is an accomplished archer in Suzanne Collins' young adult trilogy, The Hunger Games, so it should be no surprise that in her film incarnation, she's hit the box office bulls-eye. This dystopian wonder (for those who've been living in a cave of late, The Hunger Games is a thriller about a totalitarian society that forces teens to participate in a televised fight to the death) appears poised to join the Harry Potter and Twilight movies in the top echelon of teen-oriented page-to-screen blockbusters.

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10:48am

Sat March 24, 2012
It's All Politics

4 Things To Watch For In Louisiana

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 4:09 pm

Rick Santorum takes the phone to speak to a supporter's husband, who couldn't attend a Shreveport, La., rally, on Friday.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Saturday should be another good day for Rick Santorum, as his strength has been in Southern states. Polls in Louisiana, which is holding its primary, also gave him a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney coming into the weekend.

The Sportsman's Paradise has 46 Republican delegates to send to the party's presidential-nominating convention. But the very helpful Frontloading HQ blog informs us that only 20 of 25 at-large delegates will be doled out based on Saturday's results.

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10:41am

Sat March 24, 2012
Middle East

Despite Cease-Fire Push, Violence Escalates In Syria

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The situation in Syria has deteriorated further this week. Government troops once again opened fire on thousands of protesters, armed rebels continued their own resistance, which looks more and more like an insurgency. All this despite a push by the United Nations fro a cease-fire. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.

KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: It's hard to know where to start when it comes to Syria. First, let's go the protests that continued despite the fact that violence is on the rise.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTING)

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9:26am

Sat March 24, 2012
Simon Says

Atheists Seek Acceptance Following Hearts, Not Faith

A rally organizers have billed as the "largest secular event in world history" will be held on the National Mall today.

The Reason Rally will bring atheists and nonbelievers together in a hallowed American place.

But Paul Fidalgo of the Center for Inquiry, one of the organizations involved, says, "It's not a march on Washington where we're picketing anything. It's a celebration of the fact that the secular movement is really starting to come into its own."

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8:12am

Sat March 24, 2012
Music Interviews

Melanie Fiona: A Grammy Winner Gets Personal

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 11:43 am

Melanie Fiona's new album is titled The MF Life.
Courtesy of the artist

The MF Life is the second album by R&B singer Melanie Fiona, released this past week. The two-time Grammy winner says the title has sparked a lot of discussion.

"It gets people talking to each other," Fiona says. "I wanted it to be a collection of music and songs that make people think about the things that we actually go through and feel, and to acknowledge that — to know that there's someone out there singing their story, as well."

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8:00am

Sat March 24, 2012
NPR Story

New Prosecutor In Fla. Shooting Case; Protests Spread

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Outrage over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin spread across the country this week following the release of the recordings of 911 calls. Trayvon Martin was unarmed. He'd gone out to purchase candy. Thousands of people protested this week, donning hooded sweatshirts in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, who was wearing one when he was shot. Many called for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.

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