The Two-Way
11:20 am
Thu March 21, 2013

House OKs Bill To Keep Government Funded Through September

Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 3:02 pm

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that avoids a federal shutdown and keeps the government open through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which winds up Sept. 30. The Senate approved the same measure Wednesday, so the bill now goes to the president for his signature.

The New York Times characterizes the measure, which passed the House on a 318-109 vote, this way:

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Cosmos Might Be A Few Million Years Older Than Advertised

Planck's view of the Cosmic Microwave Background.
European Space Agency

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 12:08 pm

The universe is a bit older than we thought, according to a group of European scientists who say they've snapped the most detailed image to date of the afterglow of the Big Bang.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Obama's Speech In Israel: 5 Excerpts You Should Read

President Barack Obama waves after speaking on at the Convention Center in Jerusalem, on Thursday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 7:23 am

Speaking to Israeli students at the Jerusalem Convention Center on Thursday, President Obama delivered a speech brimming with talk of hope and change that echoed the Obama of 2008. While there were touches of specifics on where the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians should head, for the most part Obama stuck with highlighting fundamental similarities between peoples.

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Crisis In The Housing Market
10:29 am
Thu March 21, 2013

You Be The Judge: Is The Housing Market Really Improving?

A home for sale in Glenview, Ill. Existing-home sales hit the highest level in more than 3 years in February. But not everyone is convinced that the housing sector's momentum has staying power.
Nam Y. Huh AP

This week, optimists had no trouble finding fresh evidence to suggest that the housing market is recovering.

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Around the Nation
10:11 am
Thu March 21, 2013

NRA Represents Only A Fraction Of Gun Owners

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett and film director Antoine Fuqua are here and they will tell us about their latest project, the action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen." It may make you rethink that White House tour you'd been planning. That's later in the program.

But now we want to take another look at the issue of gun rights and gun safety in this country. We've been hearing a variety of perspectives on this program.

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Monkey See
9:48 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Here We Go Again: Leno, Fallon, And Why The Late-Night Wars Are So Boring

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon pose in the press room during the Golden Globe Awards in January.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

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Arts
9:20 am
Thu March 21, 2013

"Call the Midwife" Season 2 begins on Sunday, March 31st at 7 pm

Shown left to right: Helen George as Trixie, Bryony Hannah as Cynthia, Jessica Raine as Jenny and Miranda Hart as Chummy.

CALL THE MIDWIFE, written by Heidi Thomas and based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, returns for a second series. Extended to eight episodes, BBC One’s most successful new drama since ratings began sees the return of all its well-loved characters as well as some new faces. Nonnatus House opens its doors to warmly welcome the audience back into 1950s East End London and continues to follow Poplar’s community of exceptional midwives and nursing nuns.

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Arts
9:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

"Great Performances at the Met - The Tempest" airs on Sunday, March 24th at 9 pm

Alan Oke as Caliban in Thomas Adès's "The Tempest."

This production by Robert LePage (The Ring Cycle) of Thomas Ades’ opera, with a libretto by Meredith Oakes, features Audrey Luna (Ariel), Isabel Leonard (Miranda), Iestyn Davies (Trinculo), Alek Shrader (Ferdinand), Alan Oke (Caliban), William Burden (King of Naples), Toby Spence (Antonio) and Simon Keenlyside (Prospero). The opera is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same title.

"The Tempest" on Great Performances at the Met can be seen on Sunday, March 24th at 9:00 p.m.

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Arts
8:54 am
Thu March 21, 2013

"Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway" on Live From Lincoln Center airs Monday, March 25th at 9

Emmy- and Tony-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth presents a special concert of beloved songs of the Broadway stage.

Effortlessly able to transition between stage, television and film, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth presents a special concert from Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. “The Dames of Broadway…All of ’Em!!!” offers Chenoweth singing beloved songs of the Broadway stage.

Live from Lincoln Center "Kristin Chenowith: The Dames of Broadway" airs on Monday, March 25th at 9:00 p.m.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Europe's Central Bank Issues Cyprus Ultimatum

People line up at an ATM in Nicosia to withdraw cash on Thursday.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 12:42 pm

The clock is ticking on Cyprus' fiscal cliff.

The European Central Bank has given the Mediterranean country just four days to come up with its own bailout plan, or a eurozone lifeline to its struggling banks will be severed.

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