"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books."
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) American writer, best-known 19th century poet in US, The Song of Hiawatha
- Mandela Expanded The Art Of The Possible Sat, 07 Dec 2013 05:27:00 -0500
- To an African-American coming of age in the late 1970s, there seemed two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in his lifetime. So much for youthful predictions.
- North Korea Frees Elderly U.S. Tourist After Weeks In Detention Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:14:00 -0500
- Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War who was arrested by authorities in Pyongyang after a tour of the North, reportedly issued an apology for his "hostile acts."
- Mexican Official Says Six Arrested In Cobalt-60 Heist Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:58:00 -0500
- The heist of the "extremely dangerous" radioactive material, which was later recovered, occurred earlier this week.
- President Obama Lights National Christmas Tree Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:39:00 -0500
- The ceremony dates back to 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge presided over the first National Christmas Tree lighting.
- Nosy Driver In The Next SUV? It May Be A Cop Watching You Text Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:25:00 -0500
- Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving, and six others forbid it for new drivers — but that doesn't stop people from doing it. So New York State Police are using unmarked SUVs to try to spot drivers in the act.
- Bob Dylan's Electric Guitar Sells For $965,000 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:37:20 -0500
- The auction house Christie's sold a Sunburst Fender Stratocaster guitar Friday for a whopping $965,000. It's the guitar behind what some consider a watershed moment in music history — the moment that Bob Dylan picked up an electric guitar on July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival.
- Planet Money T-Shirt Exposes Issues Of Work, Trade And Clothes Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:37:19 -0500
- All this week, All Things Considered and Morning Edition has aired stories about the global journey a T-shirt makes from seed to finished product. Over the months NPR's Planet Money team spent reporting the series, they tackled questions about trade, work and clothes play in the global economy. There's a whole lot more about a simple T-shirt's journey from cotton to completion here.
- Sen. Thad Cochran To Seek Re-Election In Mississippi Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:24:00 -0500
- The Mississippi senator, who turns 76 Saturday, ended speculation that he would retire and instead set up the prospect of another bruising GOP primary in 2014.
- For Workers, A Week Stuffed With Good News Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:27:00 -0500
- Here's something you haven't heard in years: The U.S. economy had a great week, with reports showing jobs being created in several sectors, new-home sales surging and factories humming. Oh, and unemployment is the lowest it's been since 2008.
- U.S. Flags Lowered For Mandela, A Rare Honor For Foreign Leaders Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:57:00 -0500
- President Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until Monday — a symbolic gesture of a nation in mourning. It's a tradition observed by countries around the world, one that began as early as the 17th century.
- World Cup 2014 Draw Is Set: U.S. Will Face Germany, Portugal, Ghana Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:44:00 -0500
- Currently the world's No. 14 team, the U.S. must finish in the top two among Germany (No. 2), Portugal (No. 5) and Ghana to advance. Another group will pit England against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. The tournament begins in Brazil in June.
- Hoped-For AIDS Cures Fail In 2 Boston Patients Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:20:00 -0500
- The only person known to have been cured of AIDS got a bone marrow transplant, so when two AIDS patients in Boston appeared to be free of the virus after transplants, scientists hoped they were cured, too. But the HIV virus has returned in both.
- Dissecting America's $3 Trillion Medical Bill Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500
- In "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," a 26,000-word investigative piece in TIME magazine, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill catalogues the myriad reasons for America's skyrocketing healthcare costs, from extravagantly paid administrators at nonprofit hospitals to bloated bills for hospital care. And Obamacare, he argues, won't do much to solve the problem.
- Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains? Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500
- In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install "positive train control" collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how "positive train control" might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.
- What Madiba Meant To The Barbershop Guys Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:49:00 -0500
- The Barbershop guys share their take on Nelson Mandela: what his life meant to them and how he will be remembered by the world. Writer Jimi Izrael, professor Sean Jacobs, and journalists Corey Dade and Michael Skolnik weigh in.