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From NPR News it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

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And I'm Audie Cornish. What you'll be seeing on the big networks this fall was revealed this week to advertisers. It's a big event known in the industry as the upfronts - as in buy some commercial time upfront, before the next TV season. It's a $9 billion business and TV critics also get a peek at the new TV schedules and that includes our very own Eric Deggans. Hey there, Eric.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Hey. How's it going?

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Ryan Beitz feels a need for speed. Specifically, he wants to get...

RYAN BEITZ: All available VHS copies of the hit 1994 action-adventure film "Speed," starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper.

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A moment now remember how the future looked 50 years ago today.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Welcome to a journey into the future, a journey for everyone today, into the everywhere of tomorrow.

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On this date in 1964, the New York World's Fair opened. It offered visions of a better future, much of it based on technology. A popular exhibit was this one: General Motors' "Futurama."

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Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8."

After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.

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And I'm Audie Cornish. For the last 10 weeks, NPR has been following eight runners who have been preparing for this year's Boston Marathon. We've dubbed our runners the NPR 8 and they've been blogging the highs and lows of their training. Today, we have some excerpts from their audio diaries.

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about the demands made on students and student-athletes in college.

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We'll end the hours with an innovative business proposition. When a funk band from Michigan planned its upcoming tour, it had one important condition, all the shows must be free. The band is called Vulfpeck and they decided to finance those free concerts with a new album. It's called "Sleepify."

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine.

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