On Friday, Alex Blumberg, one of our buddies over at Planet Money, reported on the story of singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. Coulton's a former computer programmer who has managed to translate a love of office-based geek humor and an affinity for melodic folk pop into an Internet success story.
Louisiana deputies were warning residents Monday to head for higher ground to avoid water gushing from the Mississippi River after a floodgate was opened this weekend for the first time in nearly four decades.
The massive Morganza Spillway is reducing stress on levees protecting Baton Rouge and New Orleans, but it is diverting the water to other rivers, bayous and wetlands.
Fifty years ago, hundreds boarded buses in the South to challenge desegregation laws. They were met with violence and harassment. A group of forty students retraced the route of the historic freedom rides, and they end their journey today. Host Michel Martin discusses the trek with two of these students: Zilong Wang of Hampshire College and Lu-Anne Haukaas Lopez of the Uiversity of Alaska.
MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.
Coming up, today 40 students will end their journey to retrace the route of the Freedom Riders of 1961. We'll talk with two of the students helping to mark the 50th anniversary of that historic civil rights demonstration. That's in just a few minutes.
The International Criminal Court's prosecutor is seeking an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for crimes against humanity. And leaders from the Libyan opposition gathered in Washington to garner American support. Former Libyan Ambassador Ali Aujali hosted rebel leaders during their visit. He speaks with host Michel Martin about the rebels' expectations from the U.S., their plans to create a post-Gadhafi government, and the latest developments with the conflict in Libya.
Despite a drop in production and profits after the earthquake in Japan, Toyota Motor Company officials are optimistic about the automaker’s future. Toyota sales spokesperson Steve Curtis says the parts shortage that followed the earthquake has not been as long or severe as expected. Toyota profits dropped by 77 percent after the disaster, but Curtis says demand, at least in North America, remains high.
While media outlets are focused on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s latest gaffe, few noticed he was passed over for a coveted committee slot by fellow Kentucky Republican and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who selected a junior colleague instead.
A report in the Lexington Herald-Leader reveals Governor Steve Beshear used a state plane to take his family to the 2011 NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Houston. The Kentucky Democratic Party reimbursed the state $6,105 for the flight and has spent almost $85,000 to cover the cost of similar flights since the governor took office.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wants to change a family's life in Lexington. The ABC television show known for tearing down and completely rebuilding homes in a matter of days is seeking nominations in the central Kentucky area.