Three-Minute Fiction
3:44 pm
Sat March 17, 2012

Minor Details: Three-Minute Fiction's Age Rules

Kahlo Smith, 11, wanted to enter Three-Minute Fiction but found out she was ineligible because of her age. She contacted NPR to find out why.
Courtesy Brian Smith

This week, along with the nearly 1,000 stories that were submitted to weekends on All Things Considered's writing contest, Three-Minute Fiction, there was a letter from 11-year-old Kahlo Smith of Felton, Calif.

Dear Mr. Raz,

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Afghanistan
3:08 pm
Sat March 17, 2012

Karzai: U.S.-Afghan Relations 'At The End Of Rope'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States on Friday, saying he is at the "the end of the rope" because of the lack of U.S. cooperation into a probe of a killing spree allegedly carried out by an American soldier.
Ahmad Jamshid AP

The tension between the United States and Afghanistan has reached a boiling point.

More details are emerging about Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 unarmed Afghans this past week, and there is still anger over the accidental burning of copies of the Quran by soldiers on a military base.

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Music Interviews
2:50 pm
Sat March 17, 2012

On 'Port Of Morrow,' The Shins Sail Back To The 1970s

James Mercer has been the singer and songwriter behind The Shins since 1997.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:06 am

James Mercer's distinctive voice and earnest songwriting have always been at the heart of The Shins, but these days they are the band's only constant. Port of Morrow, the group's new album and its first in five years, finds Mercer leading a completely new set of musicians.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Prediction

After the Goldman Sachs employee quit in an op-ed in The New York Times, our panelists predict the next public resignation.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: A Little Chin Music, Eau de Pontiff and Putting Six Elbows On The Bar.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: A Two-Ply Problem. (3) Bluff The Listener — Our panelists tell us three stories of St. Patrick's Day traditions being used for good, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Hairy Situation, Come Fly With My Kids and A Bird In Need Of A Birdbath.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Southern Swing, I Quit and A Final Edition.

History
8:22 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Convicted Nazi Guard John Demjanjuk Dies

John Demjanjuk emerges from the courtroom with his lawyers after a judge sentenced him to five years in prison for charges related to 28,060 counts of accessory to murder in May 2011 in Munich, Germany.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

John Demjanjuk, the retired U.S. autoworker convicted of being a guard at in an infamous Nazi death camp, died Saturday at the age of 91. Demjanjuk died a free man in a nursing home in southern Germany, where he had been released pending his appeal.

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