All Things Considered for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Politics And Power Complicate The Airliner Search

Malaysia's government, which is leading the search for the missing airliner, has come under fire from critics who are accusing it of mismanagement and partisan politicking.
Commander William Marks, a spokesperson for the U.S. 7th Fleet, describes the ongoing search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The U.S. Navy is lending a hand in the efforts to find it.
Young people on the upper range of income eligible for subsidies are finding that they don't always qualify. That could influence the number of young adults who enroll.
Barely half of Americans say they're confident they'll be able to retire comfortably. Now, many are staying in the workforce longer — and some companies are using that trend to their advantage.

Book Review: 'Falling Out Of Time'

Alan Cheuse reviews the odd little novel Falling Out of Time, by Israeli writer David Grossman.

Russia Votes To Annex Crimea, As The West Looks On

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex Crimea and delivered a rousing speech to mark the occasion. The U.S. denounced the action as illegal but has few tools to change his mind.
Olexander Motsyk, Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S. since 2010, speaks with Robert Siegel about Russia's moves to annex Crimea.
The people of Scotland will decide in a September referendum whether Scotland stays in the UK or declares independence after 300 years in the fold. Glasgow is ground zero in the growing campaign.
Drs. Deirdre Barrett and Robert Stickgold discuss the case of Dion McGregor, a sleep talker whose vivid and expansive somniloquies are the subject of the album, Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor.

Deadly Violence Breaks Out At Crimean Military Base

Several Ukrainian soldiers were shot, one fatally, when masked soldiers stormed a Ukrainian military base outside the Crimean capital, Simferopol.

The View From Russia: Crimea's Long-Awaited Return

Andranik Migranyan, the director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, offers the pro-Russian view of the country's recent move to annex Crimea.
Giant lizards are coming out of hibernation in Florida. Trouble is, Robin Sussingham of WUSF reports, they're members of an invasive species with a taste for the eggs and hatchlings of native animals.
A new experiment in education begins Tuesday. Early assessments based on the Common Core State Standards will be rolled out and tested in the coming months. Some 3 million students will participate.

Q&A: A Crash Course On Common Core

The new benchmarks in reading and math have been adopted in 45 states and Washington, D.C. But there's still plenty of confusion about what exactly the standards are, and what they mean for students.
President Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who were long overlooked, in some cases because of discrimination. Many are Jewish or Hispanic. Only three are still alive.
Approximately 50 years ago, Michel Libman started lobbying the government to have his childhood friend awarded a Medal of Honor. His efforts led to a review of some 6,000 cases and, eventually, to many of the 24 soldiers honored Tuesday. He and his wife speak about his work and his friend.
The courts are clogged in Nevada, partly because the state doesn't have an intermediate appeals court. Will Stone of Reno Public Radio reports that swaying voters to create one could prove difficult.
A report on the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last year was released Tuesday. It criticizes the response of public safety agencies, citing poor coordination and faulty technology.
Spill tells the story of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Eve Troeh of WWNO reports that the playwright, who helped create The Laramie Project, crafted the drama from interviews with real participants.
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