Europe
5:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Russians Vote Amid Calls Against Fraud

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 10:00 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Russians are voting today in an election that's expected to return Vladimir Putin to the presidency. There's not a lot of suspense about the choice, but there are big questions about whether a growing segment of Russian society will accept the result. Russia's parliamentary elections, in December, were tainted by allegations of massive vote fraud. This time, thousands of volunteer poll watchers have been deployed to try to curb any attempts to rig the vote.

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Presidential Race
5:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Candidates See Super Tuesday On The Horizon

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 10:00 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, on to Super Tuesday. In two days, 10 states will cast votes in the GOP presidential nominating contest. It will be the largest single day of voting yet in the Republican race.

And Mara Liasson joins us with analysis. She is NPR's national political correspondent.

OK, Mara. Do you think Romney's win in Washington state may foreshadow what may come on Super Tuesday? I mean 10 presidential contests happening that day.

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NPR Story
5:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

'Being Flynn' Takes On Father-Son Relationships

Filmmaker Paul Weitz's new film, Being Flynn, is about a struggling writer who meets his estranged father while working at a homeless shelter. The movie stars Robert De Niro and Paul Dano, and it's based on a 2004 memoir by Nick Flynn. Host Rachel Martin talks with Weitz.

From Our Listeners
5:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Your Letters: Love Of Popcorn And Math Geniuses

Host Rachel Martin reads and responds to listener feedback about last week's program.

NPR Story
5:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

French Head To The Slopes For Winter Break

Paris has become a virtual ghost town as families vacate the city for two weeks of ski holiday, a time-honored ritual the French seem disinclined to give up. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports.

Presidential Race
3:52 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Mitt Romney Tops Washington Caucuses

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 8:03 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled ahead of his rivals in Washington State's presidential straw poll on Saturday, with more than one-third of the votes. Romney finished well ahead of Ron Paul, who himself squeaked past Rick Santorum by just over 500 votes. Newt Gingrich had to settle for about one vote in 10.

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Presidential Race
10:04 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Va. Campaigners Persevere Despite 2-Person Ballot

Supporters attend a party for Ron Paul on Feb. 28 in Springfield, Va. Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two candidates on the ballot for Virginia's Tuesday contest.
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Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 4:35 am

Virginians will choose between just two candidates on the state's primary election ballot Tuesday: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

The rest of the Republican candidates failed to collect enough signatures last fall to get on the state's printed ballot. But that hasn't made Romney and Paul's campaigners complacent.

At the headquarters for each candidate in Northern Virginia, volunteers and staff are busy gearing up for Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will pick their party's nominee.

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Sunday Puzzle
9:01 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

A Puzzling Grab Bag Of Phrases

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On-Air Challenge: Today's puzzle is a grab bag. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with B-A and the second word starts with G.

Last Week's Challenge: Name a bird. Change its second letter to an E to get the first name of a famous actor. Then name the female of that bird, and double one of its letters. You'll get the last name of this actor. What are the birds, and who is the actor?

Answer: The birds are "swan" and "pen," and the actor is "Sean Penn."

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Music Interviews
8:35 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Suzanne Ciani, Trailblazing Synth Musician, Looks Back

Suzanne Ciani's new retrospective album, Lixiviation 1969-1985, presents long-form works alongside her many commercial projects.
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Suzanne Ciani's start in music was traditional enough. She was classically trained, majored in music at Wellesley College, and got a fellowship to study composition at UC Berkeley. But when she arrived there in the mid-1960s, just in time to witness the student protests that consumed the Bay Area during that decade, her focus shifted.

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World
7:53 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Israelis Face Off Over Orthodox Military Exemption

Israeli soldiers get ready to launch the Skylark drone during a drill in January. Israelis are required to serve in the military, and an exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews has created a fierce debate.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 6:04 am

In Israel, a country where citizens serve a mandatory military service of two to three years, the exemption of some is a topic of heated debate. That debate is even fiercer now that Israel's Supreme Court has struck down a law that excused ultra-Orthodox Jews from serving in the military.

The decision highlights growing tensions between the religious and secular elements of Israeli society. As the ultra-Orthodox population continues to grow, many are asking what part they will play in the Jewish state.

'They Need To Contribute, Too'

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