Rob Mariano — you may know him as "Boston Rob," if you know him at all — first showed up on reality television way back in 2002, on Survivor: Marquesas, the fourth season of Survivor. He was unceremoniously booted in tenth place, but his colorful trash-talking and greasy swagger were enough to land him a spot in the "All-Star" season two years later. There, he met up with Amber Brkich, with whom he formed both a game partnership and a romance — or, as they're usually called in this setting, a "showmance" — that took them to the finals.
It seems that the world is going to end. Again. The date, set by 89-year-old Harold Camping, a radio host and Christian fundamentalist, comes from convoluted computations based on the dating of Biblical events plus floods and other disasters. He had predicted the end of the world before, for 1994. This time, he says, he is right.
Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty of fraud and conspiracy, today, by a federal jury in Manhattan. Rajaratnam is the billionaire investor who founded Galleon Group, one of the biggest hedge funds in the United States. Prosecutors alleged the the Sri Lanka-born Rajaratnam was relying on corporate tipsters who were feeding him insider information that led to what looked at the time as savvy and extremely successful investments.
Neil Innes may play guitar and sing, but you come for his wit, not his guitar chops. You may know Innes as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, or from the psychedelic jazz and art rock crazies The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Or maybe you thought The Rutles had a keen place in British rock invasion history only to learn (spoiler alert) that they're only satirists dressed in Piccadilly parody.
Singer-songwriter Anna McGarrigle says it took her a long time before she was able to listen to recordings of her performing with her sister Kate, who died of cancer last year. She was 63.
"It took me a few months," McGarrigle tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And then I had to do a lot of listening to things and I thought, 'I'm just going to grit my teeth and do this.' But every now and then, I heard her sing something and sometimes it would be so unexpected ... I'd break out in tears."