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The Elite Eight of the NCAA men's basketball tournament is set, and this year's games have been as exciting as usual. But ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon the meaning of the tournament may be changing.

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Emmanuel Foulon, an organizer of the March Against Fear, a demonstration planned for Sunday in Brussels.

A group of synthetic biologists report they've created an organism with a minimum number of genes required to survive and reproduce.

A musical by Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul opens Saturday in New York. "Dear Evan Hansen" is a comedy-drama about social anxiety and teen suicide in the age of social media.

Stanford professor Jonathan Berger turns golf stroke data into sound. A nice sound means it's a good swing, a sour sound means something's not right. He tells Scott Simon how that helps people learn.

Alaska holds its Democratic caucuses on Saturday, posing a logistical challenge to voters in the state's more remote locations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Fairbanks caucus organizer Janelle Olson.

Critics are calling for the Obama administration to adopt a more aggressive Syria policy. Scott Simon talks with Kori Schake of Stanford University about putting more U.S. troops on the ground there.

Bill Walton has written a memoir: "Back from the Dead." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with him about his childhood, basketball career and The Grateful Dead.

An apartment building in Chicago wants to fine dog poop pickup scofflaws by using DNA to track down the offending canines and their masters.

Yellow fever is spreading in Angola. Experts are afraid it could spread further in Africa and Asia. This couldn't come at a worse time.




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