Brass bricks known as Stolperstein, or "stumbling stones," in front of a home in Raesfeld, Germany, where five members of a single family were forcibly removed by the Nazis. Across Germany, the stones commemorate the millions of victims of the Nazi regime.
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Guenther Demnig is the artist and sculptor behind the stumbling stones. Here, he installs new bricks in Berlin. He says formal memorials are too abstract. Not so with the stumbling stones. "Suddenly they are there, right outside your front door, at your feet, in front of you," he says.
Brick by brick, Guenther Demnig is working to change how the Holocaust is publicly remembered in Germany.
On a recent afternoon, the 62-year-old Berlin-born artist is on his knees on a sidewalk in a prosperous section of Berlin's Charlottenburg district, working a hammer and small trowel. He is installing dozens of small, square brass bricks, each one inscribed with the name — and details about the death of — people who once lived in apartment houses on Pestalozzi Strasse.
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Hearts Wide Open is the name of guitarist Gilad Hekselman's latest album, released last fall. The title is about emotional connections to music, for both performers and audiences. Modern jazz tends to get a bum rap in this department, but Hearts is filled with engaging original tunes over big beats. It's the third record from Hekselman, who moved from Israel to New York in 2004 and quickly found his way into bands led by drummer Ari Hoenig and clarinetist Anat Cohen.
Seattle police say a gunman suspected of killing three people at a café and one in an apparent carjacking may have shot himself Wednesday as officers closed in on him.
As NPR's Martin Kaste is reporting for our Newscast unit:
"It's not confirmed that the man who shot himself in west Seattle is, in fact, the suspect, but right now that's certainly how things are looking, in terms of what the Seattle Police Department is saying."
One of my first childhood memories is of the moment I got my own library card, so it's clear that I grew up in a family of readers. I always had a book in my hand, and as I grew into my preteen years I began to veer away from the All-Of-A-Kind Family series to more modern Judy Blume novels, whose heroines held a mirror up to my own life. You can imagine my shock, then, when one day I came home from the library with Forever by Judy Blume — and was told by my mother that I wasn't allowed to read it.