Wed March 28, 2012
Movie Tackles Thorny Gay Marriage Issue

MTSU Proff. Nears Completion of New Film

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new film debuting Thursday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University will likely prove controversial.

The Miracles on Honey Bill Hill is a new movie from award winning filmmaker and MTSU Professor Dr. Bob Pondillo. Pondillo tells his story as a fable set in an imaginary land and using a combination of live action and animation.

The 20 minute film addresses the thorny issue of gay marriage and Pondillo made a conscious choice to use child actors.

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Wed March 28, 2012
Tennesseans Headed to Sanford This Weekend

Tennessee NAACP Protests Martin Shooting

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The Tennessee chapter of the NAACP is ramping up protests across the state in response to the death of Trayvon Martin.

The unarmed 17-year-old black teenager was shot in Sanford, Florida, just over a month ago by a neighborhood watch captain who says he acted in self-defense.

Gloria Sweet-Love, president of the state NAACP, said protests are scheduled in several cities around the state, including a protest Wednesday in Memphis.

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Wed March 28, 2012

At Arab League Summit, High Stakes For Host Nation

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 5:16 pm



I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away this week. Coming up, there are a number of people in the U.S. who continue to insist that President Obama is Muslim, despite his Christian faith. But that begs the question: what does it matter? So what if he were? We'll talk about it what it means to be a Muslim in America in just a bit.

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Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Justices Seem OK With Leaving Some Parts Of Healthcare Law Alone

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 11:51 am

Members of the anti-abortion group Bound4Life pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Update at 12:08 p.m. ET. Everyone Had A Hard Go Of It Today:

NPR's legal correspondent Nina Totenberg tells Ari Shapiro that both sides had a tough go of it today.

During the final day of arguments, Supreme Court justices seemed split on the idea of striking the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if its the "individual mandate" centerpiece was also found unconstitutional.

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Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss' Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return

The Lorax, before he was taken away.
San Diego Police Department

The Grinch returned all those stolen presents.

Now the family of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) is hoping that the person or persons who took a Lorax statue from the garden of the late, great author's home also has a change of heart.

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Wed March 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Struggle To Define 'Death' For Organ Donors

A new method of obtaining organs for transplantation is raising a host of ethical questions, including whether the donors are technically "dead."

For decades, organ donation has been guided by something called the "dead donor rule."

"We have this idea that you must be dead first — so before your organs can be removed, we agree that you are dead," said Leslie Whetstine, a bioethicist at Walsh University in Ohio.

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Wed March 28, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

How To Spot A Mimic Octopus — The Mystery Revealed

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 11:02 am


In my last post, I wondered: How did Asian fishermen manage to discover the mimic octopus? Thaumoctopus mimicus is a wildly talented cephalopod that lives in shallow waters off Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Tibetan Exile Dies From Burns Suffered In Self-Immolation

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:55 am

In Kolkata on Tuesday, exiled Tibetans and human rights activists held a candlelight for Jamphel Yeshi.
Dibyangshu Sarkar AFP/Getty Images

Jamphel Yeshi has died. The 27-year-old Tibetan exile, who on on Monday set himself on fire in New Delhi, was the latest in a small but growing number of Tibetans who in the past year have burned themselves in protest of China's rule over their country.

As we reported Tuesday, at least 30 Tibetans have taken that dramatic step in the past year.

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Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

JetBlue Freak Out: Passenger Had To Put Panicked Pilot 'In A Choke Hold'

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 3:38 pm


"I grabbed his arm and put him in a choke hold. ... I'm just happy I was able to get him down to the floor."

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