9:49am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama's Speech In Israel: 5 Excerpts You Should Read

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 6:23 am

President Barack Obama waves after speaking on at the Convention Center in Jerusalem, on Thursday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Speaking to Israeli students at the Jerusalem Convention Center on Thursday, President Obama delivered a speech brimming with talk of hope and change that echoed the Obama of 2008. While there were touches of specifics on where the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians should head, for the most part Obama stuck with highlighting fundamental similarities between peoples.

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9:29am

Thu March 21, 2013
Crisis In The Housing Market

You Be The Judge: Is The Housing Market Really Improving?

A home for sale in Glenview, Ill. Existing-home sales hit the highest level in more than 3 years in February. But not everyone is convinced that the housing sector's momentum has staying power.
Nam Y. Huh AP

This week, optimists had no trouble finding fresh evidence to suggest that the housing market is recovering.

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9:11am

Thu March 21, 2013
Around the Nation

NRA Represents Only A Fraction Of Gun Owners

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett and film director Antoine Fuqua are here and they will tell us about their latest project, the action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen." It may make you rethink that White House tour you'd been planning. That's later in the program.

But now we want to take another look at the issue of gun rights and gun safety in this country. We've been hearing a variety of perspectives on this program.

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9:00am

Thu March 21, 2013
Music Interviews

Rock Icons Sing Pirate Songs On 'Son Of Rogues Gallery'

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 10:54 am

An image for Son of Rogues Gallery's cover art.
Courtesy of the artists

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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8:48am

Thu March 21, 2013
Monkey See

Here We Go Again: Leno, Fallon, And Why The Late-Night Wars Are So Boring

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon pose in the press room during the Golden Globe Awards in January.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

7:35am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

It's 'Birds Gone Wild' Out On Australia's Heron Island

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:01 am

On Australia's Heron Island, buff-banded rails like this one have become the avian equivalent of a weed.
Richard Harris NPR

NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris traveled to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to find out how the coral reefs are coping with increased water temperature and increasing ocean acidity, brought about by our burning of fossil fuels. Day 3: Waiting for a boat to the next island, Richard meets some rowdy birds.

Weeds are not a true category of plant. A weed is simply a plant that's growing where a person wishes it weren't.

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7:25am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Salt

Spring May Have Sprung, But Most Gardens Are Still Slumbering

Want it? You can't have it. At least not yet.
iStockphoto.com

For vegetable lovers, the start of spring can be a cruel tease, hinting of a feast of just-picked peas and spinach and beets, but delivering instead tired iceberg and romaine shipped from distant climes.

"It's zero here right now," Terry Nennich reported Wednesday morning, the first official day of spring, from Grand Rapids, Minn. So much for spring. Not only was it well below freezing, but the ground remained blanketed by 2 feet of snow.

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7:16am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Applications For Unemployment Benefits Tick Up; Monthly Average At 5-Year Low

There were 336,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, up 2,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

The big news here is that the 4-week moving average was 339,750, a drop from of 7,5000 from last week and the lowest level in 5 years.

Bloomberg reports:

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7:16am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Europe's Central Bank Issues Cyprus Ultimatum

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 11:42 am

People line up at an ATM in Nicosia to withdraw cash on Thursday.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

The clock is ticking on Cyprus' fiscal cliff.

The European Central Bank has given the Mediterranean country just four days to come up with its own bailout plan, or a eurozone lifeline to its struggling banks will be severed.

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7:08am

Thu March 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Pediatricians Voice Support For Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 12:29 pm

April DeBoer (second from left) sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne (left) and partner, Jayne Rowse (fourth from left), and her adopted sons Jacob (middle) and Nolan (right) at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. The lesbian couple's desire to adopt each other's children has grown into a potentially ground-breaking challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
Paul Sancya AP

Now children's doctors say it's time for same-sex marriage to be the law of the land.

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement Thursday that it favors "civil marriage for same-gender couples — as well as full adoption and foster care rights for parents regardless of their sexual orientation ...."

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