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Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four

A missed free throw sent Michigan State-Louisville to overtime, where the Cardinals couldn't hang on. Gonzaga hung with Duke but couldn't quite keep up.

All Things Considered

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms

The two sides are reportedly close to a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline, but diplomatic sources caution that an agreement could still fall apart.

Dozens Killed In Nigerian Election Violence As Polling Continues

Boko Haram extremists are being blamed for more than 40 deaths, including one lawmaker, as balloting continues in a closely-fought presidential elections.

At Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Remembers Germanwings Crash Victims

Francis noted that schoolchildren were aboard the aircraft thought to have been deliberately crashed by its co-pilot. The pontiff also paid tribute to "martyrs" killed for their faith.

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Afghan Chief Executive: Leaders Set Aside Egos To Rally For Nation

Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, once fierce political rivals, traveled together to Washington last week to undo years of hostility between their predecessor and Obama.

Weekend Edition Sunday

How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.

Weekend Edition Sunday

As Iraqi Forces Press Into Tikrit, Hundreds Of ISIS FIghters Remain

Following bombing raids on ISIS targets in Tikrit, Iraqi forces are preparing to retake the strategic city. Correspondent Alice Fordham tells NPR's Rachel Martin about her recent visit to the front.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Greek Voters Want Their Government To Show Some Fight

The leftist Syriza party swept into office on a promise to stand up to European austerity demands. But the new government has had to soften its tone. Some Greeks worry the party is giving in.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

March 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

Pilot Psychology And Flight Safety

March 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

John Lucas: Former NBA Player, Former Coach And Recovering Addict

March 28, 2015
John Lucas has coached the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Philadelphia 76ers. He made it to the Western Conference Finals while with the Spurs.(David Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images)

“Recovery has been the greatest gift I have ever gotten,” says former NBA player and coach John Lucas. “It’s given me life after basketball.”

Florida Panthers Teammates Not Only Work Together, They Live Together

March 28, 2015
Willie Mitchell (center) is a 37-year-old NHL veteran. He invited 19-year-old teammate Aaron Ekblad (right) to live with him and his wife, Megan, after the fellow defenseman made the roster. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Ekblad and 37-year-old Willie Mitchell are more than just NHL teammates. They’re roommates. Grantland’s Katie Baker tells Bill Littlefield how Ekblad came to live with Mitchell and his wife.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

March 28, 2015
Wisconsin's senior center Frank Kaminsky had a lot to celebrate after his team defeated UNC to advance to the Elite Eight. But more fans watched the badger's football team in the Outback Bowl. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss why more people tuned in to meaningless college football bowl games than important basketball tournament matches, the Golden State Warriors’ first division title, and the pleasant surprise in legendary coach Dean Smith’s will.

Protecting High School Athletes From Preventable Deaths

March 28, 2015
Former NFL player Korey Stringer died of heat stroke at training camp in 2001. The Korey Stringer Institute advocates for the prevention of sudden death in sport. (Elsa/Allsport)

Between 20 and 30 high school athletes die while playing sports in the U.S each year, estimates researcher Doug Casa. Casa joins Bill Littlefield to explain recommendations made by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to prevent deaths and catastrophic injuries.

After Testing Fails, Expert Says Education ‘Only Weapon’ In Steroid Fight

March 28, 2015
Don Hooton started the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate athletes on the dangers of steroid use. The foundation is named after his son, who's 2003 suicide was linked to steroid use. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

After spending $10 million and catching just a handful of cheaters, Texas might discontinue a program that tests high school athletes for steroids. Don Hooton has lobbied for steroid testing since his son’s death and joins Bill Littlefield.

As Tommy John Surgeries Soar, MLB Focuses On Youth Baseball

March 28, 2015
After his groundbreaking surgery in 1974, Tommy John went on to pitch for another 14 seasons.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

One recent survey found one-in-four MLB pitchers has had Tommy John surgery. What’s behind baseball’s injury epidemic? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou asks experts — and Tommy John himself.

NFL Gives Concussion Spotters More Power With ‘Julian Edelman’ Rule

March 28, 2015
Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht suffered at least five concussions during his NFL career. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht knows all about concussions, suffering at least five of them during his playing days. He joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in on the newest NFL effort to promote player safety.

30-0 = No. 8 Seed? The Plight Of The Mid-Major In Women’s Hoops

March 28, 2015
Courtney Banghart and the Princeton women's basketball team finished 31-1, winning a game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

After a 30-0 regular season, the Princeton women’s basketball team received just a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart joins Bill Littlefield to explain the challenges mid-majors face in women’s basketball.

Before He Was MVP: Steve Nash’s Career At Santa Clara

March 28, 2015
On Tuesday, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. (Harry How/Getty Images)

This week, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Long before he was an NBA star, Nash was a little-known point guard for Santa Clara University. His coach and a former teammate share their favorite stories from Nash’s college career.

Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancee Testifies In His Murder Trial

March 27, 2015

Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, testified in his murder trial on Friday.

Music From The Show

March 27, 2015

From Global Goon to Animal Collective.

Report: Climate Change Driving Native Plants Out Of New England

March 27, 2015
The Ponkapoag bog at Blue Hills Reservation, where there are many interesting and unusual plant species. (Keith Simmons/Flickr)

One of the report’s most dramatic findings: 22 percent of all native plant species in the region are either extinct, rare or disappearing.

Trying To Make The Senate Work

March 27, 2015
Artistic rendering of the replica of the Senate chamber at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. (Courtesy)

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is set to open Tuesday, and includes an interactive exhibit where visitors will play the role of senators and try to create and pass legislation, such as a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Week In Review: Tsarnaev, Inequality, Boston 2024, O’Brien Fallout

March 27, 2015
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses members of the media as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, center, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, left, talk during a media availability after a U.S. Conference of Mayor's Cities of Opportunity Task Force session at historic Faneuil Hall Monday, March 23, 2015, in Boston. (AP)

Our panel talks about the Tsarnaev trial, the probation department hiring scandal, Boston 2024, and income inequality.

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