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On Scraping By And The Close-Game Science

In the NCAA men's basketball tournament Saturday, Marquette escaped with a 2-point win over Butler. What does it take to win a close game? Grit and determination? Luck? Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca, who was at the game.
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Secretary Of State Kerry In Baghdad, With Concern Over Syria

John Kerry is urging Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to crack down on flights from Iran to Syria, which pass through Iraqi airspace. U.S. officials say Iran is shipping weapons to Bashar Assad's regime.
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Love, Roughhousing And Fifth Position In 'Brothers Emanuel'

Ezekiel Emanuel, elder brother to Chicago mayor Rahm and Hollywood superagent Ari, has written a new memoir about his family and growing up Jewish in inner-city Chicago. It's called Brothers Emanuel, and yes, he does discuss middle brother Rahm's talent for ballet.
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Battling Suicide In A 'Gun State' Means Treading Carefully

Discussing gun control is not easy in Wyoming, which has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country. But it also has the highest per capita suicide rate, and guns are usually involved. One grieving mother is trying to boost awareness while respecting the state's gun culture.
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Former Bush Aide Pushes 'Conservative Case' For Gay Marriage

Ken Mehlman, the political director for the George W. Bush White House, compares the right to marry to other fundamental rights conservatives embrace. He rounded up a group of 131 prominent Republicans to sign a legal brief that's at odds with the House GOP leadership and the party's platform.
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Kerry Lands In Baghdad With Syria In Mind

Secretary of State John Kerry touched down in Baghdad Sunday on an unannounced trip 10 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein. On his agenda is urging Iraqi leaders to stop overflights of arms and supplies from Iran to Syria. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Michele Kelemen, who is traveling with Kerry.
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New York Ads Resurrect Stereotypes For Former Teen Mom

A chorus of voices have criticized New York City's new teen pregnancy ads, posters featuring babies talking to their would-be teen parents. Among the critics is Gloria Malone, who writes the blog Teen Mom NYC. Host Rachel Martin talks with the former teenage mother about her reaction.
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Parent Navigates Personal Grief In Broader Gun Debate

Tom Mauser's son, Daniel, was killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Mauser, who has been an outspoken advocate for gun control since then, speaks with host Rachel Martin.

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