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At The Vatican, A Social Media Blackout Keeps Cardinals Pure

Preparations at the site of Tuesday's papal conclave include a high-tech scrubbing of the chapel for bugs and electronic monitoring equipment. Wi-Fi will be blocked throughout Vatican City, and cardinals with Twitter and Facebook accounts have been warned.

News From North Korea Careens From Terrifying To Ridiculous

There have been a host of developments in North Korea in recent days. From an unlikely diplomatic emissary in the form of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, to Pyongyang's aggressive response to new U.N. Sanctions. Host Rachel Martin talks with Victor Cha, a professor at Georgetown University and senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International studies.

Defense Secretary Hagel Navigates Afghan War Zone

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is taking his first overseas trip since taking the top job at the Pentagon. He'll be visiting troops and key officials in Afghanistan. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's David Welna, who is along on the trip.

Sniffing Out Bombs In Afghanistan: A Job That's Gone To The Dogs

Highly trained dogs are part of the U.S. military's fight against improvised explosive devices, which are the No. 1 killer of civilians and troops in Afghanistan. The dogs can search places that high-tech equipment simply can't.

In Ancient Aleppo, Plotting The Future

In a rare test of democracy, a soft-spoken, 31-year-old aid worker won a seat on the Aleppo provincial council in a vote held on March 3 in neighboring Turkey. Abdul Rahman Kahir won top votes for his work organizing aid distributions in the Syrian city.

Venezuela Sets Date To Elect Chavez's Successor

Venezuela's elections commission announced Saturday that voters will go to the polls on April 14. Henrique Capriles, who opposed Chavez in the last election, is expected to face interim leader Nicolas Maduro.

What Will Be Hugo Chavez's Legacy?

Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the legacy of Hugo Chavez, the longtime president of Venezuela who died this week. Argentine journalist Andres Oppenheimer, a syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald, compares Chavez to former Argentine President Juan Peron, while Professor Eduardo Gamarra from Florida International University thinks Chavez came pretty close to continuing the work of Venezuelan revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar. Rory Carroll, a correspondent for The Guardian, recounts his memories of Chavez, who he profiled in his new book, Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela.