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10:00 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Is Health Law A 'Breathtaking Assertion' Of Power?

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 9:24 am



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the life of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe was full of dramatic ups and downs, from Olympic triumph to all kinds of personal struggles. But the twist and turns of fate did not end with his death. We'll hear more about a fascinating controversy over his final resting place. We'll have that conversation in a few minutes.

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Movie Reviews
9:46 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Acting Trumps Action In A 'Games' Without Horror

In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her little sister's place in a killing ritual televised to the masses.

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:47 am

Suzanne Collins' novel The Hunger Games and its two sequels are smashingly well written and morally problematic. They're set in the future, in which a country — presumably the former United States — is divided into 12 fenced-off districts many miles apart.

Each year, to remind people of its limitless power, a totalitarian government holds a lottery, selecting two children per district to participate in a killing ritual — the Hunger Games of the title — that will be televised to the masses, complete with opening ceremonies and beauty-pageant-style interviews.

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Planet Money
9:26 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Was The Saints' Bounty For Injuring Opponents Effective?

Phil Loadholt of the Minnesota Vikings checks on teammate Brett Favre after he was hit by Remi Ayodele of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game January 24, 2010.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:13 pm

The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and his former defensive coordinator over the team's bounty scandal. Saints' players were allegedly paid bonuses for injuring opponents — the more serious the injury, the bigger the bounty.

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Book Reviews
9:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

'Hide Me': Not Your Typical Teen Vampire Tale

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Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 8:23 am

Vampires have come a long way, baby. Stories about the bloodsucking villains have been around, in one form or another, for centuries, although it wasn't until the early 19th century that English-language writers began spinning tales about the fiends. Those stories keep evolving, too. Eighty years ago, Bela Lugosi became an intimidating, if campy, Dracula, intoning, "Listen to them. Children of the night.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Looks Like That Post-Rapture Pet-Walking Company Was A Hoax

It was all a joke, the man behind Eternal Earth-Bound Pets now says.

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 9:04 am

A New Hampshire man who claimed last year that for a fee of $135 he would arrange to have your dog walked if the Rapture did indeed begin last May 21 and you got taken up to heaven, is now saying that his business venture was a hoax.

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