If you walked into New York's Morgen's Restaurant in the 1950s, you'd be greeted at the door by a perfectly dressed and powdered blonde who'd smilingly show you to your table and hand over a menu. That hostess, Audrey Elaine Morgen Volk, is at the center of her daughter Patricia Volk's new memoir, Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, And Me. In it, Volk describes how two vivid women helped her move into adulthood: One was the iconoclastic Italian fashion designer Elsa Luisa Maria Schiaparelli; the other was her mother, a loving, difficult and icy stunner.
Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Kathy Stevens, founder & director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and author of "Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals." Kathy talks about the victims of animal hording that end up on her sanctuary, and why animal hording is so difficult to categorize as "animal cruelty." She also shares some of her favorite stories from "Animal Camp," and about the various ways the animals at the sanctuary touch human lives. http://casanctuary.org
In a rebroadcast from September 20, 2009, Keith talks with Anne Sheehan, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Sheehan talks about using the principles of physics to "see" beneath the crust of the earth. She also explains how earthquakes can teach us about the structure of the earth. Sheehan also explains how the Rocky Mountains were created, and why the plates that created the Nepalese mountains are moving at the speed of a growing fingernail. Aired June 9, 2013.
"I'm a carpenter/cabinet-maker/woodworker, and I think I'll be retiring the day I die."
Michael Powers, 47, is not alone in his retirement insecurity. According to a Pew study published in May, members of Generation X — aged 38 to 47 — are on track to be the first generation to do worse in retirement than their parents. Assuming they retire at all.
The search is over for the winner of Round 11 of Three-Minute Fiction, the contest where listeners submit original short stories that can be read in about three minutes.
We received help this round from graduate students at 16 different writing programs across the country. They poured through thousands of submissions and passed the best of the best along to our judge this round, novelist Karen Russell.
Here was your challenge for this round: A character finds something he or she has no intention of returning.
At the Reborn Convention at the Creektown Holiday Inn, the women mill and mingle, fawn over mohair follicles, blue-blotched underpainting, voice-boxes uploaded with found sound. Distant crying. Summer afternoon nap meltdowns.
I'm the only man, and I sense their suspicion. I feel lost. I eat a tasteless finger sandwich. I touch a doll with the back of my hand. A pamphlet explains: Real Baby Heater Systems.
Morales, a native of Peru, is in the U.S. on a student visa — she is pursing her master's degree in nursing. Unlike heterosexual spouses, Costello cannot sponsor her foreign-born wife due to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman.
Morales says she makes a special "green smoothie" for Kelly every day to give enough vitamins and nutrients for her and the twins. The couple's future is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, which will decide whether Morales can legally stay in the county.
The two want to raise their children in the U.S., but if DOMA isn't struck down they will have to consider moving to Peru. "It's a very conservative country," Morales says of Peru. "They don't have any gay laws."
Morales pulls out Dr. Seuss-inspired matching outfits for the twins while the couple arrange the nursery's closet. Costello says they "don't' feel secure in our lives here...it's the instability, something we think about all the time."
Fabiola Morales jokes with her father-in-law, Robert F. Costello III, a retired financial adviser, while preparing lunch in the family's kitchen. Kelly Costello's dream is to be able to sponsor Morales and feel "secure and stable."
The Sunday morning party in suburban Washington, D.C., had all the trappings of anticipation.
A lace-trimmed bassinet, a jumble of gifts tied with pink and blue ribbons, a "diaper cake" on the table. And chatter about babies, diets, new spring outfits and the coming end of the school year.
But for Sue Costello, the grandmother-in-waiting, the happy cacophony of the baby shower masked an abiding anxiety about the future of her daughter's family and the twins — a boy and a girl — who are due before June's end.
A self-described conservative Republican who oversees IRS screeners dealing with non-profit groups has told lawmakers that he doesn't think the White House played a role in stonewalling "Tea Party" and "patriot" groups, according to the ranking Democrat on the committee investigating the matter.
Major League Baseball is preparing to hand down suspensions to some of its marquee players according to a recent ESPN report. It's the result of information the league obtained through a man named Tony Bosch, who reportedly supplied banned substances to athletes through his company Biogenesis of America.
Dave Zirin is sports editor for The Nation, and he joins us. Hello.
DAVE ZIRIN: Hey. Great to be here. Thanks for having me.