Spring, Finally; Deportation Policy; Dangerous Conspiracies; Career Restarts

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flowers bloom in spring along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. Flowers bloom in spring along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Today is the first day of spring! A meteorologist explains the vernal equinox and the climatology behind the change in seasons. Plus: a new VICE documentary on deportation; Harvard law professor, former White House advisor and author Cass Sunstein talks about his new collection of essays Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas; and a call-in for women who have successfully returned to work after taking years off to stay home with children or aging parents. 

Spring Equinox: Expectations Versus Reality

Jason Samenow, chief meteorologist for The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, explains the climatology behind this change of seasons and mitigates expectations for the first day of spring, plus listener call-ins about their first day of spring traditions.

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The Ripple Effects of Deportation

The forcible return of undocumented immigrants in America to their home countries can throw entire families - and communities - into chaos.

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Cass Sunstein's Dangerous Ideas

Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School professor, recent administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), member of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and the author of Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (Simon & Schuster, 2014), talks about his new essay collection around the theme of why smart people and groups of people decide badly.

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Career Restart

Inspired by programs that help women who took years off from their careers get back to work, we're asking listeners to share stories of how they were able to re-enter the work force after taking a significant amount of time off.

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A Modest Madness Proposal: Walk Off the Court

Slate's Josh Levin has an idea: at the moment of tip-off for the first game in this year's March Madness, the players should walk off the court in protest over the NCAA's refusal to compensate players while making huge amounts of money from TV and merchandising deals. We discuss his proposal, and whether you'll be watching the games through a corporate lens.

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