Sir Ben Kingsley has played a range of Holocaust-related roles, including Simon Wiesenthal in Murderers Among Us, Itzhak Stern in Schindler's List, and Otto Frank in Anne Frank: The Whole Story. Kingsley joined NPR's Scott Simon for a discussion in front of an audience at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Time for sports. It's March and, as usual, upset Madness in the early rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Underdogs: Virginia Commonwealth, Morehead State and Richmond might be sizing their feet for glass slippers to wear to the big dance, after beating some heavily-favored teams this week.
NPR's Mike Pesca joins us in our studio. Good to be with you personally, right across from each other.
The social networking site Twitter turns five today. The service now boasts 200 million users, who send more than 100 million tweets each day. Twitter co-founder Isaac "Biz" Stone joined NPR's Scott Simon to answer questions about the popular social media site — including the one we've all been dying to know: Why 140 characters?
"I have a good answer for that," says Stone. "From the very beginning we built Twitter to work over SMS, or simple mobile text messaging. The limit internationally for text messages is 160 characters."
To baseball now. Jimmy Breslin, the great New York columnist, has written a new Penguin Lives biography of Branch Rickey, the great general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the man who invented the minor league system, coined bromides like: Luck is the residue of design, and made American - not just sports history - by signing Jackie Robinson and integrating the game of baseball.