Morning Edition for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to explore how the two countries are linked — and how they are separated.
The possible indictment of incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has turned what many expected to be a routine election into a referendum on whether voters trust him.
Organizing for Action, the social welfare group formed out of President Obama's campaign organization, has stumbled over its own fundraising rules. Now it's trying to clean things up.

Racetrack Soundtrack Goes From A Roar To A Purr

This year's Formula One cars are hybrids, so their engines are much quieter. One official with Australia's Grand Prix says the engines are "like harpsichords in a chamber orchestra."

For Small Norwegian Town, Here Comes The Sun

Rjukan, Norway, is a small town sitting in a deep valley. Six months a year, it sees no sun. Until now.

Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers

New education standards called Common Core are being adopted in 45 states and Washington, D.C. That has created an opportunity for trade publishers.
The LA Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend in Australia. Major League Baseball hopes to broaden the sport's international appeal.

Sony Pictures To Lay Off Interactive Group

Sony Pictures Entertainment will reportedly lay off its entire interactive marketing team — more than 200 employees. It's part of a cost-cutting trend by the major film studios.

NGO Helps Illuminate Opaque World Of Global Finance

Host David Greene talks to Charmian Gooch of Global Witness about the organization's $1 million TED Prize for work exposing the "global architecture of corruption."

A New App For People Who Want To Be Left Alone

Cloak pays attention to your friends' geolocations and lets you know if they're nearby. That way, you can avoid your enemies — and maybe even your friends.
Hosts Renee Montagne and David Greene report on Russia's annexation of Crimea and a shooting between Russian and Ukrainian forces on the contested peninsula.

Anger And Shock In Kiev Over Russia's Land Grab

People on the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev offer ideas about how the country should respond to Crimea seceding to join Russia.

Will Economic Sanctions Impact Russia?

It's not easy for the U.S. to put effective sanctions on Russia. But even Russians need to use U.S. financial institutions, and you pressure a country by limiting access to dollars and world markets.

Remembering The Alamo With A Texas Historian

At The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, historian Frank de la Teja explains how the dividing line between the United States and Mexico came to be drawn where it is.

Brit Uses Shakespeare To Exact Revenge

Edd Joseph bought a game console online, but he never received it. So he took revenge by texting 37 full Shakespeare plays to the seller's phone. That's nearly 30,000 messages.

To Fill Skills Gap In U.S., Schools Look Abroad

Community colleges and trade schools are trying to better prepare students for a global market. And some are looking to Europe for answers.

Russia's Grab Of Crimea Bolsters Syrian Regime

Host Renee Montagne gets an update on the Syrian civil war from Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Dagher in Damascus.
At one point, Malaysian military radar saw Flight 370 flying back west over Malaysia and toward the Andaman Sea. Why didn't Malaysia scramble jets and try to either stop or follow the plane?
The NFL, NASCAR and others have built social media command centers to engage directly with fans during live events.

There's A Reason They Call It Madness

As March Madness gets underway, commentator Frank Deford wonders if Americans just have too many teams to root for.
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