In higher education, there are two kinds of March Madness: the NCAA basketball tournaments, and the anxiety that infects high school seniors as they wait for acceptance letters from their chosen colleges and universities. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Raynell Cooper, the current Jeopardy! teen champion, about how he has to continue waiting on pins and needles to see if he is going to get into his college of choice.
The bombardment of Libya is in its second day. The U.S., Britain and France have struck Libyan military installations and Libyan government forces on the ground. Adm. Mike Mullen, the top American military officer, tells NBC the coalition has succeeded in establishing a no-fly zone. Muammar Gadhafi remains defiant in the face of what he calls "colonial crusader aggression." Host Liane Hansen talks to NPR's Eric Westervelt about the latest news from Tobruk, Libya.
The U.S. military is reporting a new round of air strikes Sunday morning against Moammar Gadhafi's air defense installations and ground forces. Those strikes follow a barrage of cruise missile attacks Saturday against Libyan anti-aircraft facilities, and the U.S. and allied governments are promising the military campaign will continue until Gadhafi backs down. Host Liane Hansen continues her conversation with NPR's Tom Gjelten about the military campaign in Libya.
The devastation in Haiti and the widespread destruction following Japan's earthquake and tsunami raises questions about America's own readiness for catastrophe. The federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 exposed major shortcomings in the country's ability to respond quickly and effectively to major disasters, but where do we stand now? Host Liane Hansen talks with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate about the agency's ability to effectively respond to disasters in the United States.
President Obama is in Brazil this weekend, discussing trade and political issues with the Brazilian leadership. However, events in Libya are overtaking his talks with Brazil's leaders about trade and forging a new relationship between the U.S. and Brazil. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is traveling with the president.