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11:33 am
Sun March 23, 2014

The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is remarkable, in part because he's a black astrophysicist — seemingly as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.
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Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:41 pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, irreverent tweeter, vanquisher of Pluto, frequent Stephen Colbert foil — is America's "It" Nerd.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Adolfo Suárez, President Who Ushered In Spain's Democracy, Dies

Adolfo Suarez, president of the Spanish government from 1977 to 1981. This picture was taken in Madrid in 1976.
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Adolfo Suárez, the Spanish president responsible for the country's Democratic transition, died on Sunday.

Suárez, the BBC reports, had suffered from Alzheimer's for about a decade.

He was 81.

In its coverage, El País calls Suárez the "most solitary politician of the democracy."

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11:00 am
Sun March 23, 2014

A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea

Last week, a YouTube video of a far-right member of Ukraine's parliament roughing up the top executive of the state television network went viral.

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 12:02 pm

Since the upheaval in Ukraine began four months ago, the number of kidnappings of journalists and activists has been on the rise, though they've always been part of the Ukrainian political landscape.

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Movie Interviews
10:46 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Doomed 'Dune' Was Generations Ahead Of Its Time

Artwork created for Dune by British science fiction artist Chris Foss.
Courtesy of Chris Foss/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 10:18 am

Dune, by Alejandro Jodorowsky, was an ambitious and expensive film that was going to change cinema — and, the filmmaker imagined, the world.

Jodorowsky had already made a name for himself with El Topo in 1970 and The Holy Mountain in 1973, two movies that more or less invented the "midnight movie" phenomenon back when that was a euphemism for tripping.

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The New And The Next
10:46 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Sarah Connor's Legacy An Inspiration For Single Moms

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, Linda Hamilton, 1991. TriStar Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 7:47 pm

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Watson tells host Arun Rath how 30 years ago, The Terminator introduced us to Sarah Connor, who during the history of the franchise broke new ground in Hollywood's depiction of single moms. They also discuss Erik Moore, who's one of the few African Americans in the world of venture capital, and he's tired of talking about it.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Sun March 23, 2014

NATO, Ukraine Warn Russia May Be Planning Further Aggression

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:37 am

While Russia continued to push Ukrainian forces out of Crimea, NATO and Ukraine issued warnings on Sunday about the buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine's eastern border.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Nation's Last Known Perfect Bracket Busted By Syracuse Loss

Syracuse's Trevor Cooney (No. 10) shoots between Dayton's Devon Scott (second from left) and Dyshawn Pierre (right) as Khari Price (left) watches during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday.
Bill Wippert AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:45 am

Then there were none.

We told you about how some stunning upsets in the men's NCAA basketball tournament ended the billion-dollar dreams of those who entered Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans' "Billion $ Bracket Challenge."

We also told you about Brad Binder, 23, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., who up until Saturday afternoon had the last known perfect bracket in the country.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Massive Mudslide Kills 4 In Washington State

This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the aftermath of a mudslide that moved a house with people inside in Snohomish County in Washington State on Saturday.

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 7:21 pm

This post was last updated at 8:20 p.m. ET.

A massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., about 60 miles north from Seattle, killed four people on Saturday.

The Seattle Times reports that rescue teams are still searching and it describes a harrowing scene:

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Satellite Spots More Potential Debris, But Still No Sure Sign Of Plane

Chinese relatives of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 wait for the latest information at Lido Hotel Sunday in Beijing, China.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 12:49 pm

It's déjà vu all over again in the more-than-two-week search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370: Today, like yesterday, Malaysian authorities announced that another satellite detected suspected debris near the spot they believe the 777 went missing.

This time it was a French satellite that spotted an object of interest in the southern Indian Ocean.

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Digital Life
6:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Reviewing Restaurants For The Heartbroken Masses

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:36 am



Most of us know Yelp as an online review site, a place to read, and give opinions about everything from restaurants to doctors. But when a 31-year-old waiter named Chase Compton went through a difficult breakup, he turned to Yelp to chronicle the story. Suddenly, strangers looking for a good dive bar, were reading about his first date. Chase Compton joins us now to talk more about this. Hey, Chase.

CHASE COMPTON: Hi, how are you?

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