About to hit theaters, X-Men: First Class is a prequel to previous X-Men blockbusters, based on characters from Marvel Comics born with an X-factor gene mutation that gives them special powers. Host Scott Simon speaks to actor Michael Fassbender, who plays Magneto in the new movie.
Songwriter, performer, novelist and poet Gil Scott-Heron died Friday at age 62. He was best known for a work he first recorded in 1970, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Host Scott Simon has a remembrance.
High above the ground in the branches of a cottonwood tree near the town of Pearblossom, there once lived a mother crow and a father crow — or at least the pair aspired to be parents. But a crafty snake, who lived at the bottom of the tree, showed up like clockwork every day with other plans for their eggs.
Thus goes the story of The Crows of Pearblossom, a children's book by Aldous Huxley, the novelist known to generations of high school English students as the author of Brave New World.
It's been more than four years since Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed while serving in Iraq. When he died, he had been collaborating with his father on a book about the war.
Standing next to his son's grave, Darrell Griffin Sr. translates the abbreviated carvings of the headstone. Etched in the white marble, they remind you of an ancient language. First are the letters B-S-M-V.
"What that stands for is bronze star metal with valor," he says. "And PH is Purple Heart, KIA is killed in action."
On this week's podcast we chat about results from a national survey that found more than two-thirds of U.S. doctors say they've seen other physicians' behavior disrupt patient care or collegial relationships at least once a month. More than 1 in 10 say they see it every day.
Under laws in more than two dozen states and new Medicare rules that went into effect earlier this year, hospitals are required to report infections — risking their reputations as sterile sanctuaries — or pay a penalty. That's left hospital administrators weighing the cost of 'fessing up against the cost of fines.
From California to Arizona, Colorado to Maine, states across the country are legalizing the sale of medical marijuana. Recent warnings from U.S. attorneys, however, are making local governments rethink their plans.
Seth Bock stands in what's supposed to be one of Rhode Island's first medical marijuana stores. His group was going to install grow lights and a ventilation system this week, but not anymore.
"We can't really invest any money into the carpentry and the building process until we know that this will go on," he says.
The Indianapolis 500, billed as the "greatest spectacle in racing," celebrates its 100th birthday on Sunday.
It's also a big day for Robert Joss. The 82-year-old has attended every Indy 500 since 1947.
Joss, who lives in Indianapolis, got his first ticket from his Uncle Floyd back when Harry Truman was president. Fresh out of Howe Military School, Joss says, he wasn't particularly fresh that first race day.
It felt "like being bashed across the cheek with a lead pipe."
That's how Carmen Gentile, a freelance journalist who has done a lot of reporting from Afghanistan for USA TODAY, describes what it was like last September when a rocket-propelled grenade fired at U.S. troops in Kunar province caught the side of his head.
Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."