All Things Considered for March 25, 2013
Mar 25, 2013 — Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.
Mar 25, 2013 — Move over, tuna fish, shrimp and clam chowder. Alligator is here for your Friday Lenten meals, thanks to confirmation from the archbishop of New Orleans that it is, in fact, a seafood.
Mar 25, 2013 — In 1997, DeGeneres chose a very public forum — her television sitcom — to announce, "I'm gay." The entertainer's career has tracked the seismic shift in public opinion on gays and same-sex marriage.
Mar 25, 2013 — In Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Douglas Rushkoff cautions against living in the perennial, virtual now. "It's very hard for us to orient ourselves," he says, "to look forward to things, to join movements with goals, to invest in the future."
Mar 25, 2013 — With a case examining the use of race in the University of Texas admissions process still undecided, the court surprised observers by accepting yet another affirmative action case for next term. This one, from Michigan, tests whether voters, by referendum, can bar race-conscious admissions programs in higher education.
Mar 25, 2013 — The Islamist group Gamaa al-Islamiya recently agreed to handle security during a strike by police in the city of Assiut; the police returned to work the next day. But the group says it will continue to provide services such as trash pickup, reflecting the larger problem of a deteriorating Egyptian government.
Mar 25, 2013 — Be honest, had you heard of the school before its men's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16? Well, here are 10 things to know about the new darlings of the court.
Mar 25, 2013 — Pentagon officials say they're opening ground combat jobs to women as a matter of equality. But the military also needs them because the number of military-age men who qualify for service is declining.
Mar 18, 2013 — Kokomo, Ind., was deeply split in the 1980s by teenager Ryan White's AIDS diagnosis and a battle over his right to attend school. An oral history project finds that the topic still hits a raw nerve in the community more than 25 years later.