History books tend to suggest that the world was black-and-white before 1950. Photos by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans paint a stark picture of the Depression. Famed war photographer Robert Capa almost single-handedly forged the monochrome mental imagery of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
But, although it was expensive and somewhat rare, color photography did exist at the time.
KSMU's Seldom Heard Music, one of the station's longest-running programs, first aired in 1982, with host Mike Smith offering a complex mix of bluegrass, old-time and traditional Ozark music, the likes of which hadn't been heard on the Ozarks' airwaves since the 1950s. It was undeniably music that was "seldom heard" outside the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Harry Moore, another collector in the genre, joined the show in 2004.
Today, Bahrain arraigned 47 nurses and doctors in a security court. The doctors are accused of participating in the attempt to overthrow the country's monarchy, but human rights groups say they are being tried simply for treating protesters.
The AP reports that the prosecution is a sign that Bahrain's Sunni leadership is intent on quashing the Shiite-led opposition, even after ending its emergency rule last week:
Sugar Ray Leonard is considered to be one of the best boxers of all time. The first boxer to win more than $100 million in purses, Leonard won world titles in five weight divisions, received a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics and went on to become a successful motivational speaker, actor and commercial endorser.
The members of Chicago's Smith Westerns were barely out of high school when they released this year's Dye It Blonde, which has already staked its place as one of 2011's best records. It almost goes without saying that a young, sensitive indie-rock band is going to exude charming naivete, and "All Die Young" is awash in it. In fact, the first two-thirds of the song read like the diary of a lovelorn teenager: "Definitely maybe I will live to love," Cullen Omori sings, adding, "Heart and soul / Never know."
For the first time, a new report uses U.S. Census data to show links between specific college majors and long term wages. For example, it says that over a lifetime, Engineering majors can earn over $1,000,000 while Education majors earn over $240,000. The report also addresses racial breakdowns and gender divides in wages. To learn what people can draw from the data, host Michel Martin speaks with Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which released the report.
Life after graduation is frightening for many individuals, so how does one offer sincere and credible advice? Host Michel Martin speaks with someone who has done the job: Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College, a historically-black college for women.
In her weekly "Can I Just Tell You Commentary?," host Michel Martin notes that the big reality TV shows are aimed at women, and they feature women who have luxurious lives. And yet, in real life, the luxuries are earned through working �" something not often seen on those shows. Martin explains that the problem is these shows are teaching people how not to behave in life and relationships.
Teens Run DC is an after-school program in the nation's capital that pairs economically disadvantaged teens with adult long-distance runners. The program aims to motivate youth to run great distances, and to give them a new way of looking at themselves. This week's Washington Post Magazine profiles the program's founder Benson Forman. To learn more about the program, host Michel Martin speaks with Forman and Washington Post staff writer DeNeen Brown.
Several states have passed a new law requiring individuals to show government-issued photo IDs to vote. The law's supporters say it will help deter voter fraud, while opponents argue it will make it difficult for minorities, students and the elderly to cast their ballots. Host Michel Martin discusses both arguments with long-time civil rights activist and former Presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as Republican political strategist Ron Christie.