5:39am

Sun March 10, 2013
Afghanistan

Sniffing Out Bombs In Afghanistan: A Job That's Gone To The Dogs

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 12:42 pm

Military Police Sgt. Joshua Hancock and Nero, his Dutch shepherd, play at Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. Nero is trained to sniff out improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and to attack.
Sean Carberry NPR

Lucy is a stereotypically giddy black labradoodle. She's not what you picture when you think of a military dog serving on the front lines in Afghanistan. She wiggles around the room chasing her tennis ball and thinks my microphone cover is a chew toy.

But her handler, Spc. Heath Garcia, says when Lucy is on a mission, she's all business. She's highly trained to sniff out improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, which are the No. 1 killer of civilians and troops in Afghanistan.

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5:39am

Sun March 10, 2013
The Salt

Poi: Hawaii's Recipe For Revitalizing Island Culture

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 12:00 pm

Historians think poi, a sticky, nutritious food made from pounded taro root, has been eaten in the Hawaiian islands since the time of the ancient Polynesians.
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There are only about 1,000 people of pure Hawaiian descent left in the world, but island residents are cooking up an idea to keep native island culture from fading away. The key ingredient? Reviving a starchy food called poi.

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5:39am

Sun March 10, 2013
National Security

When Rand Paul Ended Filibuster, He Left Drones On National Stage

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 1:21 pm

Code Pink activists deliver flowers, candies and other objects of thanks to Sen. Rand Paul's Capitol Hill offices Thursday for filibustering John Brennan's CIA nomination.
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Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky launched a nationwide conversation last week with his 13-hour filibuster of the president's nominee to lead the CIA.

Paul vowed to keep talking until the White House clarified whether it has authority to kill U.S. citizens on American soil with drones.

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5:39am

Sun March 10, 2013
Music Interviews

Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 11:20 am

Hiromi's latest album is called Move.
Sakiko Nomura Courtesy of the artist

Japanese pianist Hiromi approached the making of her latest album with a love for all kinds of sound, no matter how quotidian.

"Even a car honk, I love it," Hiromi says. "Sometimes, when you are at the crossing point of the street, you hear different car honks at the same time and you hear amazing chords."

She says there's one particular sound from daily life that she could never warm up to, however, even though she depends on it to wake up: the chime of an alarm clock.

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5:39am

Sun March 10, 2013
Politics

Alaska Senator's Gun Proposal Looks To Fix Existing System

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 11:20 am

Host Rachel Martin talks with Sen. Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat, about his newly proposed gun violence legislation. He introduced it at a press conference with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham this past week.

12:33am

Sun March 10, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

From A To Z

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 11:20 am

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a word containing an A and a Z. Given anagrams of the remaining letters, name the word. For example, given "leg," the answer would be "glaze".

Last week's challenge: Eight people are seated at a circular table. Each person gets up and sits down again — either in the same chair or in the chair immediately to the left or right of the one they were in. How many different ways can the eight people be re-seated?

Answer: 49

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12:03am

Sun March 10, 2013
Pop Culture

Thirty Years Later, Still 'A Good-Old-Boy Thing'

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 11:43 am

James Best played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, the bumbling minion of Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg, a corrupt county commissioner and the show's Big Bad. Rosco's dog Flash was played by a basset hound named Sandy.
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6:04pm

Sat March 9, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 10 Winner Is ...

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 6:26 am

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Lisa Rubenson of Charlotte, N.C., wrote our Round 10 winning story, "Sorry for Your Loss."
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Did you leave a message after our prompt? For Round 10 of Three-Minute Fiction, we asked you to submit a short story in the form of a voice mail message. For this contest, the original fiction must be read in about three minutes, no more than 600 words.

After four weeks and more than 4,000 stories, we have a winner.

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5:55pm

Sat March 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Venezuela Sets Date To Elect Chavez's Successor

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 8:57 am

A woman wipes photos of late President Hugo Chavez at a makeshift altar for him in the main square of Sabaneta, western Venezuela, on Saturday.
Esteban Felix AP
  • Listen to the full story on Hugo Chavez's legacy on All Things Considered

Venezuela's elections commission announced Saturday that voters will go to the polls on April 14 to choose a successor to President Hugo Chavez, who died this week after a battle with cancer.

The nation's constitution mandated that an election be called within 30 days of Chavez's death on March 5, but the scheduled date falls outside of that window. Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's vice president, was sworn in as interim leader on Friday.

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5:26pm

Sat March 9, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Emily Spivey Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 6:04 pm

Dolly Parton in a scene from the film 9 to 5.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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