12:00pm

Wed March 28, 2012
World

At Arab League Summit, High Stakes For Host Nation

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 6:16 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away this week. Coming up, there are a number of people in the U.S. who continue to insist that President Obama is Muslim, despite his Christian faith. But that begs the question: what does it matter? So what if he were? We'll talk about it what it means to be a Muslim in America in just a bit.

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12:00pm

Wed March 28, 2012
Music Interviews

The Thomashefskys: Stars Of The Yiddish Stage

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 2:10 pm

Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky were mega-stars in the Yiddish theater world. Their story is told in a new documentary, written and conducted by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas.
courtesy of Michael Tilson Thomas

The names Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky may not sound familiar today, but at the height of their fame in the 1920s and '30s, the Thomashefskys were one of the most famous couples in New York City's burgeoning Yiddish theater scene.

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11:58am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Justices Seem OK With Leaving Some Parts Of Healthcare Law Alone

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 12:51 pm

Members of the anti-abortion group Bound4Life pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Update at 12:08 p.m. ET. Everyone Had A Hard Go Of It Today:

NPR's legal correspondent Nina Totenberg tells Ari Shapiro that both sides had a tough go of it today.

During the final day of arguments, Supreme Court justices seemed split on the idea of striking the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if its the "individual mandate" centerpiece was also found unconstitutional.

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11:14am

Wed March 28, 2012
State Capitol

Child Abuse Bill Clears a Hurdle

A Senate committee on Tuesday killed a measure that would establish outside oversight of Kentucky's troubled child-protective system, but a House committee revived it minutes later through a procedural maneuver. The Kentucky Press Association opposes the measure because it would exempt the investigations and records they collect from the state Open Records Act, which the state's newspapers have used to report on problems with the child-protective system.

11:11am

Wed March 28, 2012
State Capitol

Panel Advances Personal Care Home Proposal

Seven months after a brain-injured resident disappeared from a Falmouth personal care home and died, a bill aimed at preventing similar deaths moved closer to becoming law Tuesday. The House Health and Welfare Committee made one change to Senate Bill 115 before unanimously approving it and sending it to the full House for consideration in the final days of this year's legislative session. The sponsor of the bill, Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon, said Larry Lee never should have been placed in the personal care home.

11:08am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss' Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return

The Lorax, before he was taken away.
San Diego Police Department

The Grinch returned all those stolen presents.

Now the family of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) is hoping that the person or persons who took a Lorax statue from the garden of the late, great author's home also has a change of heart.

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10:30am

Wed March 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Struggle To Define 'Death' For Organ Donors

A new method of obtaining organs for transplantation is raising a host of ethical questions, including whether the donors are technically "dead."

For decades, organ donation has been guided by something called the "dead donor rule."

"We have this idea that you must be dead first — so before your organs can be removed, we agree that you are dead," said Leslie Whetstine, a bioethicist at Walsh University in Ohio.

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10:26am

Wed March 28, 2012
Sports

The 'Illegal Procedure' Of Paying College Athletes

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 2:09 pm

Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

In a stunning piece published in Sports Illustrated in 2010, former sports agent Josh Luchs admitted to paying money and providing other benefits to college athletes, in clear violation of NCAA and NFL Players Association rules. Luchs, who represented more than 60 NFL athletes over the course of his career, named more than 30 former players who allegedly accepted money or other benefits while still enrolled at universities around the country.

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9:59am

Wed March 28, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

How To Spot A Mimic Octopus — The Mystery Revealed

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 12:02 pm

xkcd

In my last post, I wondered: How did Asian fishermen manage to discover the mimic octopus? Thaumoctopus mimicus is a wildly talented cephalopod that lives in shallow waters off Indonesia and Malaysia.

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9:25am

Wed March 28, 2012

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