Words and music perform an elegant dance of meaning and dreaming in the work of San Francisco's Mark David Ashworth, who explores themes of the natural world, ancient colonization and personal insight. Like most singer-songwriters, Ashworth writes his own lyrics. But he also likes to set pre-existing poems to music.
Virginia midwife Karen Carr was recently convicted of two felonies following the death of a baby she tried delivering. Carr's story has rekindled debate over whether it's better for a woman to use a doctor or midwife when giving birth. In this weekly parenting segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Tell Me More contributors and moms Jolene Ivey and Leslie Morgan Steiner. Also joining the conversation are Dr. Manuel Alvarez, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Dr.
"Welcome to Shelbyville" premieres tonight on PBS' series "Independent Lens." The documentary shows how Shelbyville, Tenn. residents adjust to a growing Latino population and the integration of Muslim Somali refugees. Host Michel Martin speaks with "Welcome to Shelbyville" director Kim Snyder and Miguel Gonzalez, one of the people profiled in the film.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to Congress today. Since President Obama's policy speech on the Middle East, controversy has brewed over America's relationship with Israel and the U.S. stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Host Michel Martin speaks with Israeli Danny Shaket and Palestinian Ahmad Omeir, two youth leaders working with One Voice, a grassroots organization aiming to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
As The Oprah Winfrey show ends its final season this week, host Michel Martin speaks with Suze Orman, a contributor to that show and O Magazine. Orman talks about her relationship with Oprah and her book Women and Money.
Before he was accused of sexual assault in New York earlier this month, Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been expected to run for president of France as the Socialist Party candidate. And his abrupt exit from the scene has thrown the French political world into chaos.
It seemed almost everyone had expected Strauss-Kahn to beat the currently unpopular president, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is also expected to run in the 2012 election. Now things have changed, says Dominique Moisi of the French Institute for International Relations.
Some Berea College students are taking their concerns about the health risks of mercury to federal officials. They’re headed to Atlanta to take part in an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Thursday. Cassy Hobert of Frenchburg is going because she’s worried about her unborn baby.
“And so when I started doing the research for this, for mercury contamination, for mercury pollution as preparation to go to Atlanta, I found some really disturbing statistics, like as many as 1 in 6 women in the United States have mercury levels in their blood high enough to put an unborn child at risk,” said Hobert.
On this edition of All Songs Considered we look at what's hot in the clubs of London and ask why electronica and club music have had trouble taking hold in the U.S. while becoming more mainstream in the U.K.