To the Middle East now where 2013 has been a dark year. The promise of the Arab Spring has been reality checked by events in Syria, Egypt and across the region.
Marc Lynch is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. As the end of the year approached, he sat down and made what he calls a dark list, people in the Middle East who have contributed to the chaos. He says much of the violence stems from a failure of leadership.
This year was lauded by many news outlets as an incredible year for black films. CNN heralded "Hollywood's African-American Renaissance;" The New York Times called 2013 a "a breakout year for black films." Shani Hilton, deputy editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about why she think those assertions are overstated.
Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 6:16 am
Just how far does a dollar go? We'll try to answer that question as part of an occasional series on what things cost around the world. In this installment, NPR's Emily Harris looks at the price of headwear in Jerusalem.
In Israel and the Palestinian territories, headgear is big business. How much does it cost to cover up for different religions, traditions and fashions?
Marcus Roberts was a very young, very gifted pianist back in 1985, when Wynton Marsalis tapped him to join his band.
Six years later, Roberts went off to lead his own combo â€” and to write both jazz and classical music. And he taught. And he toured. And he recorded.
In fact, Marcus Roberts just released three new albums. One of them is a 12-part jazz suite. The other two take him back to the beginning: They're his first collaborations with Wynton Marsalis in 20 years.
In a rebroadcast from Nov. 17, 2012, Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about how to protect our trees, shrubs, and potted plants from cold weather, as well as which plants don't need protection.Â They also talk about ways to protect our gardening equipment from a possible freeze.Â
Â Â Â Charles talks with actress Margaret O'Brien, who was only 7 years old when she starred in the 1944 classic, "Meet Me in St. Louis." Â Margaret explains why her little dog is responsible for her discovery by Hollywood, and why she chose the name "Margaret" instead of her given name for her acting career. She also talks about working with director Vincent Minnelli and her co-star Judy Garland. Â Margaret became one of Hollywood's youngest and highest paid actresses as a result of her acting in "Meet Me in St.Louis." Â Part 1 of a 2-part interview.
Antarctica is one of the best places on Earth to spot these fallen stars.
Each winter â€” which is summer in down south â€” a team of geologists camps out on an Antarctic glacier in the middle of nowhere, often where no human has ever tread. It's kind of like a space voyage, but a lot cheaper.
And it's the meteorite that's done most of the traveling.
Three hundred sixty-five. That's the number of days the Minnesota Orchestra will have gone without playing in its concert hall in 2013. The orchestra became the unwitting poster child for labor strife in the classical music world â€” and, to some extent, an emblem of the problems facing non-profit arts institutions across the country.