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Macedonia -- NPR's Anne Garrels reports on the latest news from Macedonia. (4:00)

Kosovo Refugee Crisis -- NPR's Tom Gjelten reports that the countries bordering Kosovo suggest that Serbian authorities there may be intent on expelling the entire ethnic Albanian population of that province. Relief agencies are bracing for an immense refugee crisis in the region. Here in Washington, the Clinton administration faces criticism that it did not properly anticipate the situation it now faces. (4:27)

Captured Soldiers, Divided Congress -- NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that the capture of three American soldiers on the Macedonia/Kosovo border has highlighted divisions among Republicans responding to the situation in the Balkans. GOP lawmakers and presidential hopefuls have attacked the Clinton administration for the policies that led up to the air campaign, but are being careful not to criticize the men and women of the armed forces. (2:32)

Constituents' Concerns -- NPR's Brian Naylor reports that most members of Congress are back in their districts for the Easter recess, and many are holding town meetings and otherwise hearing from their constituents. In one Iowa Congressional district, voters have all the usual concerns about Social Security and the national debt. But a new issue has come up -- worries about the U.S. involvement in Kosovo. (4:56)

Morning Edition 20th Anniv. -- Rebroadcast of a Bob Edwards chat with legendary sportscaster Red Barber. Barber was a pioneering sports announcer who was a regular guest on Morning Edition until his death several years ago. This is part of our 20th anniversary programming. (3:29)

Diet Supplements, Part 6 -- In the final installment of our series on dietary supplements, NPR's Rebecca Perl looks at the inroads made into the field of alternative medicine by large pharmaceutical companies. It's having an effect on the marketplace, providing higher visibility -- if not more accurate information - for herbal remedies like Echinacea, St. John's Wort and Ginkgo. (8:41)

Business Headlines -- NPR's Business Correspondent Jack Speer has this mornings business report. This segment will be updated throughout the morning. (3:16)

Yo-Yo Craze -- Indiana Public Radio's Tom Scheck reports on the latest toy craze. It doesn't use the latest computer technology and you can't even plug it in. The game that kids are after this year is the old-fashioned, yo-yo. And the biggest manufacturer of yo-yos Duncan -- is having a tough time meeting the demand. (3:36)

NATO Update -- Sarah Chayes has an update on NATO briefings in Brussels. (3:42)

Prisoners of War -- Host Bob Edwards talks with former National Security Council member Richard Haas about how POW's change the strategic equation during hostilities. Haas was with the NSC during the Gulf War when several Americans were held by the Iraqis. (5:16)

Songs for Christ -- For centuries, the story of Christ's trial, crucifixion and resurrection has inspired people to create beautiful works of art. To mark the occasion this year, we'll hear some of the music written on this theme during the last 1000 years. (7:45)

Baseball & Ice Cream -- Bob Edwards talks with Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy about his recent trip to Cuba to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Cuban national team. Leahy met with Fidel Castro and says he had a frank exchange of views about Cuba's recent arrest of four dissidents...and ice cream. (3:39)

KLA -- Host Bob Edwards talks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden who is in Kukes, Albania, about the activities and plans of the Kosovo Liberation Army. (3:49)

Students' Views on Air Strikes -- NPR's Anthony Brooks reports from East Windsor, Connecticut, on how high school students there are reacting to the NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia. (5:02)

Movie Review -- Washington Post critic Tom Shales reviews the new sci-fi thriller The Matrix. He says it's confusing, dark, and ponderous -- but kind of cool. (6:17)