Eddie Simmons was relieved to hear that the Mississippi River crested slightly lower than expected north of him in Vicksburg, Miss., confident his house would survive the flooding that is plaguing many states.
Simmons, a retired logger, is recovering from hip-replacement surgery and can barely leave his bed. Despite water swamping his front yard and creeping beneath his house in Port Gibson, he has decided to ride it out.
Filmmaker Mike Mills' parents met in junior high school. For 45 years, they lived together, raising Mills and his older sisters, until Mills' mother died in 1999. Six months later, Mills' father — a 75-year-old retired museum director — announced that he's gay.
Mills' second movie, Beginners, is loosely based on his own relationship with his father, Paul. The movie stars Ewan McGregor as a graphic designer whose 75-year-old father, played by Christopher Plummer, has just come out and wants to experience the gay life he denied himself when he was married.
Abbey Lincoln died at age 80 last year, and she is remembered as a legendary jazz icon, composer, lyricist and performer of the 20th century. Some of America's most influential contemporary jazz divas are gathering in Washington D.C to honor her at the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Host Michel Martin reflects upon Lincoln's music and legacy with two of the Festival's attendees: Grammy winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Diane Reeves.
The Barbershop guys discuss President Obama's speech on the Middle East, Arnold Schwarzenegger's shelved acting career and Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts' announcement that he is gay. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, screenwriter John Ridley and The Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin.
In 1994, Christian talk radio host Harold Camping first predicted that the beginning of the end comes on Friday, May 21st, 2011. Host Michel Martin talks about apocalypse predictions and movements they inspire with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of the National Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership, and Harvard Divinity School professor Harvey Cox.
President Obama suggested Thursday that Israel revert to the territory it held prior to its gains in the Six Day War of 1967, while allowing for swaps of land between Israel and a future Palestinian state. A look at how the borders have changed over time.