Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:28 am
A Mexican court has thrown out the conviction of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, 28 years after he was convicted and imprisoned for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. DEA agent Enrique Camarena.
Quintero had been serving a 40-year sentence for torturing and killing Camarena, but the court voided the sentence on a technicality — saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of the federal court where he was convicted.
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:14 pm
We love what we see on Instagram, and we think there's potential for something deeper. Something more communal. So today we're starting something new with our friends at KPCC in Los Angeles: A collective storytelling project called Public Square. Follow us! @npr + @kpcc
Each month will have a theme and hashtag. We'll ask you to share a glimpse of your life — but beyond that, to tell us stories.
Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 12:35 pm
I cannot begin to fathom the number of snapshots that have been produced between the first Kodak camera (circa 1888) and now. Let alone how anyone could begin paring it down into a collection.
And yet for years, Seattle-based businessman Robert E. Jackson has been sifting through discarded memories, searching for that certain something — nothing in particular — found in vintage, vernacular photography. He knows it when he sees it. And he now owns about 11,000 one-of-a-kind prints.
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 11:16 am
Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started out busking on the streets of Paris, but went on to gain international acclaim for her versions of beloved folk tunes and jazz standards. Her latest album, The Blue Room, honors the legacy of artists such as Ray Charles and Leonard Cohen with interpretations of their songs.
The annual Perseid meteor shower will be most visible on Sunday and Monday.
The best visibility in North America will be between 1 a.m. and dawn Eastern time, weather permitting.
“You want to get somewhere where it’s dark — no street lights or porch lights in your view. No telescopes are needed. Just look up where it’s really dark in the sky, and let it happen,” veteran space reporter J. Kelly Beatty told Here & Now.
The meteors themselves are tiny — about the size of Grape-Nuts, Beatty said.