A new Congress takes office today, after a nail-biting end to the last term. There were reports of choice words from House Speaker John Boehner to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but Congress came together on a budget agreement. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks how congressional deals are made, and what to expect from the freshman class.
The brutal rape and death of a young student in New Delhi is raising concerns about violence against women in India. To find out more about the challenges women face in the world's largest democracy, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to a women's rights advocate and an Indian author.
Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:05 pm
When there's a cylinder of medical oxygen in the room, the last thing you want it to do is burst into flames.
So the Food and Drug Administration says Praxair has recalled its Grab 'n Go Vantage portable oxygen units. The product combines an aluminum cylinder with a regulator that releases the oxygen at the right pressure for medical use.
It's a handy combination, but only when the Grab 'n Go is working right.
Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:55 pm
"We just played an absurd concert to nobody," Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum says, as he faces a sea of empty red seats at the Folger Shakespeare Library's gorgeous Elizabethan-style theatre in Washington, D.C., just across the way from the Supreme Court. Serendipitously, a group of schoolchildren had toured the oak halls of the library just minutes before, and would take cover in each other's coats from the gray rain outside.
Cast members of PBS <em>Downton Abbey</em> (left to right) Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Sophie McShera (Daisy), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham), Joanne Froggatt (Anna), and Rob James-Collier (Thomas).
Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:56 am
Earl of Grantham. Mr. Carson. Daisy. Lady Grantham (or Cora, if you'd prefer). Anna. Thomas.
For many of you, these names have become as familiar to you as your own family members' names. For anyone not in the know, these are the characters on the PBS Masterpiece Classic popular period-drama Downton Abbey.
With the third season slated to debut in the United States this Sunday, Jan. 6, several of the cast members stopped by the NPR DC headquarters to talk with Morning Edition Host David Greene about what's coming up.