All Things Considered for March 1, 2012
Mar 1, 2012 — Russia is planning a Kalashnikov assault rifle redesign that would target the military market. But after 60 years of heavy use by armies, rebels and gangsters, the market may be saturated.
Mar 1, 2012 — The L.A. musicians played for thousands and saw Venezuela's "El Sistema" music education up close.
Mar 1, 2012 — A high school in Valencia, Spain, has become a flash point for Spaniards' anger over austerity measures. Police recently skirmished with protesters opposed to spending cuts that have left students packed 50 to a classroom.
Mar 1, 2012 — Devin McEwan is trying to qualify to represent the U.S. in the Olympic "whitewater slalom" canoeing event. He's got a close role model in the sport — his father Jamie competed in the event in the Olympics in 1972 and 1992.
Mar 1, 2012 — There's a battle taking place between various conservative factions in Iran as the country prepares for parliamentary elections on Friday. The candidates seeking broad changes have been barred from running, with many in jail or under house arrest.
Mar 1, 2012 — Vladimir Putin has been the most powerful figure in Russia for 12 years and is expected to win the presidential election Sunday. But heading into the polls, many Russians are angry with what they see as recent electoral fraud and rampant corruption.
Mar 1, 2012 — The Senate defeated the Blunt amendment, which would have let employers opt out of a mandate to pay for birth control coverage. Separately, a poll finds a majority of Americans support the mandate.
Mar 1, 2012 — Born in Jamaica and trained on the American jazz-club circuit, Alexander has heard his music described as bebop, calypso and reggae. But after 50 years of performing and more than 70 albums, he's earned the right to call his music simply his own.
Feb 22, 2012 — If someone's not being killed or beaten, he's being shaken down, spied on, bedded, or seduced in James Ellroy's American Tabloid. Author Adam Levin says it will have you admiring J. Edgar Hoover's sleazy connivances and cheering for the violent downfall of the Kennedys.