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It's time for the NCAA basketball playoffs, and they've earned their name, providing some genuine surprises. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman stops by to tell us what's worth our watch.

The corruption scandal roiling Brazil's government and business elite has polarized the nation. The president faces impeachment; the ex-president faces corruption charges — and crowds are on the streets.

Turkey and the European Union struck a deal intended to halt the uncontrolled influx of asylum seekers to Europe. NPR's Lauren Frayer explains how the agreement aims to level out the "irregular" flow.

Aerospace engineer Claudia Kessler is searching for Germany's first female astronaut. The country's previous 11 astronauts were all men, which she says highlights German sexism in the sciences.

Why are some California reservoirs releasing water even though the state is going through an extreme drought? Turns out it's to prevent an even bigger disaster. But the strategy may change soon.

Steve Inskeep talks with film critic Kenneth Turan about director Jeff Nichols' new film. Turan says Nichols is a director to watch and his latest effort reminds him of Steven Spielberg — only darker.

The Italian-born romance novel cover model joined nearly 6,000 others from 140 countries at LA Convention Center this week to take the Oath of Allegiance to become an American citizen.

A woman claims she was ripped off after buying a $24 luxury lip balm; she couldn't squeeze all of the product out of the tube. The San Francisco court says the label did say how much is in the tube.

Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.

President Dilma Rousseff named a former president charged with corruption to her cabinet. Brazil's congress has formed a committee to begin investigating the charges, says Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.

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