12:48am

Fri March 30, 2012
Planet Money

Senator By Day, Telemarketer By Night

"I think most Americans would be shocked..." - Sen. Dick Durbin.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

This is the first story in a Planet Money series on money in politics. We'll have more this afternoon on All Things Considered, and this weekend on This American Life.

We think of lawmakers having one job: making laws. But there's a second job most lawmakers have to do. And it's a big job.

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12:35am

Fri March 30, 2012
Europe

French Killings Spark National Soul-Searching

Hundreds of people gather on March 23 on the main public square in Toulouse, France, to pay homage to the seven victims of self-proclaimed al-Qaida militant Mohamed Merah.
Eric Cabanis AFP/Getty Images

The killings in France of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers of North African descent came during a presidential campaign in which immigration has dominated campaign rhetoric. The Toulouse gunman, a Frenchman of Algerian descent, was shot dead by police, but the tragedy has prompted national soul-searching.

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12:27am

Fri March 30, 2012
Asia

Myanmar's Election Seen As A Test Of Reforms

Myanmar opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to supporters on Saturday. Voting in parliamentary elections this Sunday is considered a test of the political reforms that Myanmar's rulers have introduced over the past year.
Khin Maung Win AP

Myanmar has an election this Sunday where only a small fraction of the parliamentary seats are at stakes — and yet the ballot is commanding international attention.

The closely watched election is seen as a test of whether the country's rulers are sincere about reforms they have been introducing over the past year.

If the vote is seen as free and fair, it could prompt Western governments to begin lifting sanctions imposed during the half-century of military rule in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

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12:10am

Fri March 30, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week we’ll have a conversation with Propublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten about his new book Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. We’ll also talk about President Obama’s push to expedite the approval of the southern end of the Keystone XL oil pipeline -- from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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7:00pm

Thu March 29, 2012
StoryCorps

As A Life's End Draws Near, A Father And Son Talk

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 4:49 am

"For me, dying — it's very enlightening and certainly rewarding," David Plant (left) tells Frank Lilley. "Look at the opportunity to talk, for example. It's just incredible."
StoryCorps

In 2010, David Plant was diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer has since metastasized to other parts of his body, and David is now contemplating the end of his life. So, just before his 81st birthday, he sat down with his stepson to talk about their life together.

As Frank Lilley explains, "David is my stepfather, but I certainly consider him my father."

The two spoke in in New London, N.H. And Frank began with a question.

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5:10pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 29, 2012

The youth perspective on the Trayvon Martin murder, a young environmental activist, raiding the recycling bins as a business, an old-time radio repair man, and local musician Judith Linsenberg.

4:49pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Tuning into the history of Aladdin Radio Repair

I used to live in the Inner Sunset, and every time I'd walk down Irving Street towards 19th Avenue, I'd pass the tiny storefront of Aladdin radio repair.

The window was usually dark, but if I peered inside I could see rows and rows of antique radios. Gently curved plastic in pearly sea-green hues, hefty knobs and ornate dials... How could I not be enchanted?

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3:33pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Thinking The Unthinkable: What If The Whole Affordable Care Act Goes Down?

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 5:09 pm

After this week's oral arguments at the Supreme Court, lawmakers and health policy experts are starting to ponder what had — until recently — been unthinkable to many: What if the court strikes down the entire Affordable Care Act?

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3:03pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

High school student wins award for environmentalism

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Every year, the Bay Nature institute honors people who are making outstanding contributions to the understanding and stewardship of the natural world. One of this year’s awardees is Sean Fitzhoward. She’s a 16-year-old junior at San Francisco’s Lowell High School who founded the Protect the Bay Club. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Sean Fitzhoward, and asked her about what her club does for the environment.

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2:52pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

In Saturday's Final Four, Expect A Kentucky Showdown And Lots Of Emotion

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 3:53 am

Senior guard Darius Miller of Kentucky shoots during the Wildcats' win over Baylor in the South Regional final. Kentucky, the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 seed, faces rival Louisville in the Final Four Saturday.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

College basketball's Final Four men's teams will play in New Orleans Saturday, to decide which two squads will play in Monday night's NCAA championship game. The first match-up pits the University of Louisville against tournament favorite — and archrival — the University of Kentucky. In the second game, Ohio State University will face the University of Kansas.

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