For many brides, picking out "the dress" can be the most daunting part of wedding planning, but for Ali Manson, her dress was never a question. Three generations of women in her family have shared one wedding dress. Host Michel Martin speaks with Manson and Washington Post staff writer Ellen McCarthy, who wrote about the family's tradition.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will hear one woman's very personal story that touches on one of this country's ongoing political debates.
But first, we want to tell you about another flashpoint in this country's history. More than 20 years ago, Rodney King was the victim of a brutal beating by Los Angeles police officers. That incident was caught on videotape. The officers were charged and went to trial, but when they were acquitted, it sparked six days of violent, bloody riots in Los Angeles.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:19 pm
There's no clear formula for why a new song catches fire at one of our partner radio stations. Sometimes it's a hook you can't get out of your head, and sometimes it's a tune's ability to distill a station's overall vibe into three sublime minutes.
We asked five stations to select a song currently blowing up on their airwaves and tell us why. For a limited time, you can download their answers — the results include new music from the smart Canadian pop band Metric, U.K. singer Lianne La Havas, folk newbie John Fullbright, funk collective Brownout and British pop group alt-J.
As I did last year at this time, I'll be spending this week at the Silverdocs documentary festival in Silver Spring, Md. If you've been reading the blog for a while, you're very familiar with this project, as it was the first place I saw a couple of fairly high-profile documentaries including Being Elmo and Buck, but also where I saw a couple of smaller movies that became favorites, including Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles. (Available on Netflix streaming! Do it!)
In this file picture taken on on June 13, 2010, a U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport. An increase in drone strikes under the Obama administration has eliminated top al-Qaida operatives, but critics wonder if the souring public sentiment against the strikes across the globe is worth their tactical achievements.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks during a joint press conference with the Turkish Foreign Minister during the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul, on June 7, 2012. A divisive figure during her tenure as first lady and her 2008 presidential run, Clinton now enjoys approval ratings over 60%.
Meg Wolitzer is a novelist whose most recent works include The Uncoupling and a book for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.
You know how people talk about so-called gateway drugs — drugs that lead to harder ones? I think some books can be considered gateway books, because reading them leads you to start reading other books that are similar but more intense. Lisa, Bright and Dark, John Neufeld's 1969 novel for young adults, is one of these.
Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:46 pm
Whether it's learning saxophone in school band, taking Saturday piano lessons, or participating in a top-flight youth orchestra, there are tens of millions of kids in the United States learning to play instruments. Way back in 2003, Gallup pollsters figured that at least 84 million Americans play an instrument — and at least a third of those players were then between the ages of 5 and 17.