Gustavo Perez Firmat is a Cuban-American who writes novels, memoirs, poetry, and academic works in both Spanish and English. "But I have the feeling that I'm not fluent in either one," he says. "Words fail me in both languages."
Perez Firmat, who is also a professor at Columbia University, says that being bilingual can be both a blessing and a burden.
"I don't have one true language," Perez Firmat tells Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne.
Today's smartphones have applications that can help you track your latest jogging route — and find a place to eat afterward. And if you snap a nice picture along the way, they'll even let you use that to make a postcard.
Talking about the latest roundup of amazing apps, Slate's tech columnist Farhad Manjoo tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that as a new father, he's been trying out new apps as he sits awake with his young son in the middle of the night.
Three years ago, the real estate market was simple — simply terrible, that is. In virtually every part of the country, foreclosures were shooting up and prices were plunging. Today, the real estate picture is more nuanced. Foreclosures are still rising, but prices are stabilizing in some markets, making home-buying look more attractive.
If you had talked to some good economists just before the housing bubble burst, they would have told you it didn't make sense to buy a house.
It's October and one color dominates the landscape: pink, the color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer fundraising events dominate the month, from the massive Avon walks that take place in nine U.S. cities to the international Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure. Even the White House gets bathed in pink floodlights in recognition of the campaign.
But what if your breast cancer diagnosis doesn't make you want to wear pink socks, walk for the cure or be a "warrior in pink?"
Nearly 50 people gathered on the Old Capitol lawn Saturday to rally for job creation and against Washington, possibly rehearsing for future protests. Sponsored by the local chapter of MoveOn.org, a public policy group for “democracy in action,” the hour-long rally featured several speakers, including Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, who expressed their concerns with the government and the nation’s lackluster economy. Members of MoveOn.org organized the rally after being inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests, which denounce economic inequality, particularly focusing on the 1 percent of people who control about a third of the nation’s wealth.
Despite defense counsel’s request to start a new Article 32 hearing in the murder case against Brent Burke, the investigating officer at Friday’s hearing in Fort Campbell decided to “reopen” the investigation and will consider testimony from July’s hearing. Burke is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, four years ago at Comer’s Rineyville home. After two mistrials and two hung juries in Hardin Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw filed a motion to dismiss charges without prejudice. Burke was released into Fort Campbell custody and two weeks later the Army began its own investigation into the case.
Danville has never had a shortage of transplants from other places, but several online and print publications recently have taken notice of what the town offers those who want enjoy a full and active lifestyle. The most attention has come from an article in this month's edition of Money magazine, which named Danville one of the top five places to retire in its print edition and included it among a list of 25 retirement destinations in an online list. The town also will be featured in Where to Retire magazine in November.
Payroll-tax receipts of Northern Kentucky's three upper counties indicate the region's pay is recovering toward 2008 levels, even as many remain unemployed. Payroll tax receipts received from July through September hit an all-time high for a year's third quarter in Boone and Campbell counties. When combined with Kenton County's receipts the total payroll-tax revenues for the three counties also set a record, a Kentucky Enquirer analysis found.
After criticizing President Barack Obama’s jobs bill that was presented in September, Kentucky’s two U.S. senators were among a Republican group last week to introduce an alternative plan. Both Rand Paul of Bowling Green and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were on hand Thursday in Washington for the introduction of the “Jobs Through Growth Plan.” U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also helped introduce the plan.