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Rundown for March 23, 2012
12:06 PM EDT 2 Comments

Sharp Rise In Self-Defense Claims With ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law In Florida

As prosecutors weigh whether to arrest and charge George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who claims he killed an unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin last month in self-defense, Zimmerman is invoking Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

12:15 PM EDT 127 Comments

Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad

Apple says schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. We meet one principal who decided to stop buying textbooks and use the devices instead.

12:35 PM EDT Comment

Does French Gunman Represent New ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist Threat?

Journalist Chris Dickey writes that the gunman in Toulouse, France may be one of a new breed of al Qaeda-inspired lone wolves, who are “not always so lonely.”

12:40 PM EDT 2 Comments

China Warns Olympic Athletes About Banned Substances In Restaurant Meat

China is urging Olympic marathoners to raise their own chickens, instead of eating meat that could contain a performance-enhancing drug.

12:50 PM EDT 3 Comments

For Returning ‘Mad Men,’ The Times They Are A Changing

Those scotch-swigging, cigarette-smoking Madison Avenue executives will return to the AMC cable channel on Sunday with a season opener set during the tumult of the ’60s.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

March 26 2 Comments

Noah Baumbach On Middle Age And ‘While We’re Young’

In the writer-director's new film, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts' characters befriend a younger, free-spirited couple.

March 26 Comment

How March Became Mad

The NCAA men's tournament started in 1939 but it was decades before it became the extravaganza it is today.

March 25 4 Comments

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

March 25 16 Comments

The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

Frank Bruni writes in his new book that there are many colleges that are great, but just don't get as much press.