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Russians Take to Social Media to Protest Sanctions on The World for 3-21-14

PRI's The World - with Host Marco Werman  

"Obama is banned from stroking my cat."

Russians have taken to social media to express their displeasure with the sanctions announced by President Obama in recent weeks. We'll be sorting out what's genuine anti-American feeling, from just general anti-politician feeling. Reporter Charles Maynes in Moscow will follow with a look at President Vladimir Putin's crack-down on media of all types.

And Happy 1393! It's Persian New Year, or Nowruz. We have a couple of great angles on this for you. Los Angeles-based Iranian-American comedian K-Von tells us about the challenges and rewards of doing stand-up targeted at the Iranian-American community. And reporter Shuka Kalantari tells you about a favorite Nowruz activity: fire-jumping.

Plus, what happens when Pharrell's hit song "Happy" meets Fela Kuti's "Colonial Mentality." Yes, mind...blown.

And speaking of blowing your mind, regular contributor Alina Simone is not so good at physics. Luckily, her Dad is a physicist. So, she calls him and tries to wrap her head around this week's big news about the Big Bang. Hilarity ensues.