1:02pm

Mon March 25, 2013
The Salt

Spanish Town To Host Its First Seder In More Than 500 Years

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 3:39 pm

A view of the medieval town of Ribadavia, in Galicia, in the north of Spain.
José Antonio Gil Martínez/via Flickr

Jews all over the world are gathering around dinner tables Monday night to celebrate the first night of Passover, one of the most important festivals of the Jewish calendar. And in the small, northern Spanish town of Ribadavia, Spanish, American and Israeli Jews are coming together to conduct the first Seder there in more than 500 years.

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12:40pm

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

President's Pen Establishes New National Monuments

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:53 pm

Kayak at Sunset San Juan Islands.
Mark B. Gardner San Juan Islands Visitor Bureau

President Obama on Monday designated five new national monuments, including one in Maryland dedicated to anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman and another setting aside Washington state's San Juan Islands.

"These sites honor the pioneering heroes, spectacular landscapes and rich history that have shaped our extraordinary country," President Obama said in a statement. "By designating these national monuments today, we will ensure they will continue to inspire and be enjoyed by generations of Americans to come."

Here's a list of the new dedications:

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12:26pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Fresh Air Interviews

How And Why The Hollywood Star Machine Made 'Gods Like Us'

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:25 pm

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As a film critic for The Boston Globe, Ty Burr has met a lot of movie stars and is often asked what they're really like. What he has realized is that often, the actor's image has little to do with their actual personality, but that's not what interests him; Burr is more curious about why we ask that question to begin with. Burr wants to know "why we respond to these people who we think are larger than life [and] that are — especially in the classic days — manufactured and all their irregularities sanded off and presented to us as some kind of perfection."

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12:25pm

Mon March 25, 2013
NPR Story

Will Obama's Visit Shape A New Middle East?

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 8:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TMM from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in this hour we'll talk about why gender matters in matters of health and issues such as drug effectiveness and even how your eyes work. We'll speak with the head of Women's Health Research at the National Institutes of Health in just a minute. That's part of our coverage of Women's History Month.

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12:25pm

Mon March 25, 2013
NPR Story

Observing Passover in Prison

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, you probably know that Passover begins today at sundown. The holiday, one of the most important in the Jewish calendar, commemorates the story of Moses and how he led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. But the holiday resonates beyond Judaism because it is also a celebration of freedom, and that caused us to wonder how the celebration of Passover is complicated by those who are unfree, those who are in prison, for example.

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12:25pm

Mon March 25, 2013
NPR Story

Women's Health: More Than 'Bikini Medicine'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we will talk about Passover, which begins at sundown tonight. It commemorates the Jewish people's escape from slavery in Egypt to freedom.

We were wondering what it's like to observe when you are not free, so we'll speak with the former lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, about that. You might remember that he served more than three years in prison for fraud and tax evasion. He'll be with us in just a few minutes.

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12:25pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Fresh Air Interviews

Remembering Chinua Achebe And The Importance Of Struggle

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:39 pm

To remember Chinua Achebe who died last Thursday, Fresh Air listens back to an interview with the great African writer that originally aired on May 10, 1988. In it, Achebe talks about the literary trope of the white explorer or missionary living amongst the savages, and the importance of struggle.

11:57am

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Anthony Lewis, Journalist Who Transformed Supreme Court Coverage, Dies

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:11 pm

Journalist Anthony Lewis in 2003.
Matthew Peyton Getty Images

Anthony Lewis, whose "thorough knowledge" of the Supreme Court's work "allowed him to write authoritatively and accessibly about difficult points," has died, The New York Times writes.

Lewis, twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, was 85.

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11:29am

Mon March 25, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

The Same-Sex Marriage Cases: A Primer

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 11:41 am

People wait through winter weather Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in line hoping to attend oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases being argued Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

California Gay Marriage Ban Challenge

The Case: Hollingsworth v. Perry, 12-144 (Argued Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET)

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11:02am

Mon March 25, 2013
National Security

As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:59 pm

Army recruits perform exercises as part of a demonstration for tourists in front of the military-recruiting station in New York's Times Square.
Mark Lennihan AP

When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace.

But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and it's increasingly harder to find them among men.

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