4:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
National Security

Female Soldiers Face Tough Switch From Front Lines To Homefront

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 9:36 am

Sgt. Jaclyn O'Shea (second from left) and Sgt. Alyssa Corcoran (right) stand with Afghan commandos in Logar province, Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Jaclyn O'Shea

In a series of reports this week, NPR's Quil Lawrence looks at some of the most pressing challenges facing America's nearly 2 million female veterans. Like men, they often need assistance in finding jobs, dealing with PTSD and reintegrating into their families. And all too often, women say their military experience included sexual harassment or sexual assault.

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4:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Documentaries Help Amplify Conservative Voice

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 1:11 pm

Phelim McAleer directed the film FrackNation, one of more than 20 documentaries screened at this year's CPAC.
Mike Groll AP

A decade ago, there were only one or two documentary films screening at CPAC, the annual meeting of conservative activists. This year, there were more than 20.

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4:56pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Iraq

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 9:32 am

Traffic drives through Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Wednesday. Ten years after the start of the war, bullet holes still mark buildings, and towers wrecked by U.S. missiles and tank shells have not been fully rebuilt.
Hadi Mizban AP

Ten years ago this Tuesday, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and by any count — and there have been many — the toll has been devastating.

So far, about 4,400 U.S. troops and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, and the combined costs of the war come to an astounding $2 trillion, including future commitments like veteran care.

So where do we stand today?

Stephen Hadley was the national security adviser under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, and part of the White House team that helped sell the war to the public.

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3:49pm

Sat March 16, 2013
NPR Story

Annual Conservative Gathering Questions GOP's Direction

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 9:32 am

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

If you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Jacki Lyden.

As we just heard, longtime Republican Senator Rob Portman's position on gay marriage has evolved. Of course, gay marriage is one of the social issues that was front and center at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, otherwise known as CPAC. It's the annual gathering of the most conservative wing of the Republican Party.

NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea has been at CPAC, and he joins me now. Hi there, Don.

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3:31pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Music Interviews

Kacey Musgraves, Country Music's New 'Golden' Girl

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 9:32 am

Kacey Musgraves' new album is titled Same Trailer Different Park.
Kelly Christine Musgraves Courtesy of the artist

"I'm all about small towns," Kacey Musgraves says. "I think it's a great place to grow up. But I think it might be a little more comforting to some people to hear it from a real perspective, instead of one that tries to sweep things under the rug."

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3:16pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Sports

From Tweeting To Meeting Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 9:34 am

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong invited sportswriter Michael McCann to his Texas home for a three-hour interview.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Writer Michael McCann is a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated. He's been covering Lance Armstrong's legal issues for the past year, following the allegations that Armstrong doped and used performance-enhancing drugs.

McCann regularly responds to readers' questions on Twitter, too. About a month ago, he tells All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden, he had a new follower: @LanceArmstrong. It was the former cycling champion himself.

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12:00pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini

A Scene from Act II of Francesca da Rimini
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 16 at 12 noon.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini. Riccardo Zandonai’s opera, based on an episode from Dante’s Inferno, has its first company performances since 1986 this season. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek stars as the beautiful noblewoman Francesca; tenor Marcello Giordani is Paolo, the man she loves at first sight; baritone Mark Delavan is Paolo’s brother Gianciotto, to whom Francesca is unhappily married; tenor Robert Brubaker is the jealous Malatestino; and Marco Armiliato conducts his first Met performances of the opera, which is presented in Piero Faggioni’s grand 1984 production. Francesca da Rimini will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 16. 

10:54am

Sat March 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Tourist Reportedly Gang-Raped In India

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 6:54 am

A Swiss woman cycling with her husband in India was allegedly beaten and gang-raped, police say. It's the latest high-profile sexual assault in a nation that's facing intense pressure to increase its protections for women.

The couple was on a cycling tour from Mumbai to New Delhi when they were attacked Friday night. The New York Times continues the story:

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8:03am

Sat March 16, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Adrian Younge, 'Frankenstein's Cat' And Tegan And Sara

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 9:30 am

Courtesy of the artist

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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4:43am

Sat March 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Now A Politician, Aung San Suu Kyi Is The Object Of Protesters

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 12:51 pm

Aung San Suu Kyi (right) faced protesters when she traveled to a village in northern Myanmar on Thursday to discuss a Chinese-backed copper mine project. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and a member of Parliament, urged protesters to support the project, which was the scene of a violent crackdown last year. She said opposing the project would risk hurting the country's economy.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

Last year, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was greeted by adoring crowds during triumphant tours of Asia, the U.S. and Europe. She eclipsed President Thein Sein, who remained in Burma, as the country is also known, and managed a series of domestic crises.

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