4:14am

Sat March 16, 2013
Politics

Talk Of Zombies Aside, Gun Bills Face Political Reality

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 12:52 pm

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy holds a hearing on gun control on March 7. The committee has since passed two bills on guns that are headed to the full Senate.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Two more gun control bills are heading to the Senate floor after narrowly winning approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

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3:03am

Sat March 16, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Leviathan': The Fishing Life, From 360 Degrees

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 6:46 am

The noisy film is mostly wordless, with animals and nature filling in the blanks between its strangely stark images.
The Cinema Guild

Leviathan is a documentary — and yet not a documentary. It's a near-wordless, almost abstract depiction of an 80-foot groundfishing boat heading out of New Bedford, Mass. The film's unusual structure and point of view has gotten rave reviews at festivals and from many critics.

Sometimes you don't know quite what you're seeing and listening to in Leviathan. You hear metal groaning and rasping, see fish, gloves and tools tossed about on a boat that's pitching and rolling in a roaring wind.

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9:00pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Alvin Lee (1944 - 2013)

Airs Friday, March 15 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from The Crackling,  the Brooklyn Brothers, Sarah Jarosz and the Cranberries as well as the title cut from Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris. We'll also have a spotlight on Alvin Lee on Blues at the Bottom, a blast from the past from King Curtis, and in our concert, Josh Ritter Live at Le Poisson Rouge. Tune in Friday at 9 p.m. for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, March 15, 2013

5:55pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

North Dakota Legislature OKs Bill Banning Abortions After Heartbeat Is Found

Rep. Bette Grande, R-Fargo, talks to reporters at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. on Friday.
James MacPherson AP

A week after the Arkansas legislature passed the strictest measure in the country on abortion, North Dakota's legislature passed a bill that goes further and would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected.

Arkansas' bill banned abortions after 12 weeks; North Dakota's could ban them as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

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5:44pm

Fri March 15, 2013
It's All Politics

Romney, Yesterday's Man At CPAC, Gets A Winner's Reception

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leaves the stage after speaking Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland's National Harbor.
Alex Wong Getty Images

It was one of the most anticipated moments at this year's large gathering of conservative activists.

What would Mitt Romney say in his first major speech since he lost the presidential election and, even more importantly, how would the crowd treat him?

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5:42pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Is Your Medicine Vegan? Probably Not

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:25 pm

Heparin is an anticoagulant and the prescription version is made from pig, raising concerns for vegans.
Rob Kim Landov

Go looking for animal products, and apparently you will find them everywhere.

That's the takeaway from the book Veganissimo A to Z, recently translated into English for the first time. What's veganissimo? It's veganism of the highest order, according to the German authors Reuben Proctor and Lars Thomsen, who call themselves "professional vegans." (Is veganism a healthful way to eat? Sorry, we're not going there in this post.)

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5:29pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI's 'National Security Letters' Demands Ruled Unconstitutional

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, right, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Win McNamee Getty Images

A federal judge in California ruled today that the FBI cannot secretly demand data from banks and phone companies in national security cases. The judge said orders that keep those requests secret violate the First Amendment.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The demands known as 'national security letters' became a quick and popular tool for the FBI to gather information without a judge's pre-approval in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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5:27pm

Fri March 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

'Keep Google Reader Running' Petition Hits 100K; Fans Audition Replacements

Google's announcement this week that it would discontinue its Reader after the end of June has left loyal users angry — and scrambling for replacements.
NPR

Google's announcement this week that it will kill its Reader product on July 1 prompted moans of despair from those who rely on the free RSS service to monitor headlines. To illustrate the level of dependency they've come to feel, some are comparing the move to Google abandoning search.

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4:39pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'Where Tigers Are At Home'

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:05 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has just traveled to Brazil and back in an 800-page novel. The book is called "Where Tigers Are At Home." It's by a French novelist named Jean-Marie Blas de Robles and it's just out in English. Here's Alan's review.

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4:19pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Music News

The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:31 pm

Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.
Dorothy Darr ECM Records

Charles Lloyd has a way of talking that sounds a lot like the notes from his saxophone: full of youthful energy, yet packed with experiences reserved for grownups.

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