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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.

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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.

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Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

August 28 5 Comments

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.

August 27 Comment

Veteran Honored, But Struggles To Keep Business Open

Former Marine Matt Victoriano is being recognized as a "Champion of Change" at the White House.

August 27 40 Comments

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.