Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has called House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare plan "radical" and "right wing social-engineering." Steve Inskeep talks with Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of the National Review, about Gingrich's comments. What Gingrich said didn't win him any favors with the GOP establishment in Washington, and could have already derailed his presidential bid.
Berliner Florian Frerichs is the producer of Bridges, an animated short film that revolves around Saul Bridges, an American bomber pilot in World War II who is shot down over Berlin and saved by a little German boy and his older sister.
Frerichs, 27, says he thinks it's important for his generation to be reminded of what actually occurred during the war.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the embattled managing director of International Monetary Fund, resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to devote "all his energy" to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York.
The IMF's executive board released a letter from the French executive Wednesday in which he denied the allegations lodged against him but said that with "sadness" he felt he must resign. He said that he was thinking of his family and that he wanted to protect the IMF.
Best known for his role as the harmonica-toting frontman of Blues Traveler, John Popper also sports serious skills as a guitarist and singer, as well as an impressive career dating back to the 1980s.
His new project's eponymous release, John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours, features 12 original tracks. It's described by Popper himself as the "liberating, scrappy, roots-rock alter ego of Blues Traveler," and he's pretty much on the money.
Six-time Grammy-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama was first formed at Alabama's Talladega Insitute for the Blind in 1939. It was there that the original five members came together under the moniker "The Happyland," which was changed to The Blind Boys of Alabama in 1948.
Long before Paul Simon teamed up with South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, there was Johnny Clegg.
As a teenager in Johannesburg, Clegg sought out Zulu migrant workers and learned their traditional songs and dances. In the 1970s, he started a band, Juluka, which brought black and white musicians together on stage. That was illegal under Apartheid, and so the group was harassed and banned from the radio.
A new videogame offers up another way to experience life on the Los Angeles Police Department circa 1947.
The much-anticipated "L.A. Noire" is out this week. Players are put into the shoes of Cole Phelps, a returning World War II vet who solves crimes and works his way up, from beat cop to detective. He's surrounded by a host of suspects: from a sketchy Hollywood movie producer to crooked cops.
Part of aserieson young people and financial literacy
About 14 million Americans are unemployed and looking for work, and millions more are facing foreclosure. Some have kids in college, and those struggling families must make tough choices about whether to borrow money to pay for school.
In this era of home foreclosures and high unemployment, it's hard to sympathize with the professional athlete laid low by the high life. It seems almost impossible that an athlete making $5 million, $10 million, or, in the case of Derrick Coleman, $90 million over a career could lose all his money. Of course, many a now-bankrupt athlete also thought it impossible.
As an oil exporter, Saudi Arabia is one of the richest countries in the world. And with an economy that is continuing to grow, its reputation among many people in the Arab world is that of a nation of extravagance and, sometimes, excess.
But when you look beyond the luxury SUVs, upscale malls and glittery high rises in the desert kingdom, a far different view of Saudi life emerges — one laced with poverty and unemployment, affecting millions of people. It's a problem many Saudis are reluctant to acknowledge.