Rania Omar Burke and Lara Omar Swan have long been fans of StoryCorps. So when Burke heard that the national non-profit that records stories across the country was going to be in Lexington, she thought it would be the perfect birthday present for her sister. The two Chicago transplants spent their 40-minute StoryCorps session on Sunday, Father's Day, talking about a very timely subject: Their father. More than 300 people have climbed into the recording booth of the StoryCorps mobile trailer since the project came to Lexington on May 21. Among them was Fr. Ralph Beiting, founder of the Christian Appalachian Project.
Eleanor Roosevelt and President John F. Kennedy at the opening of an International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union co-op in 1962.
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Manhattan real estate goes for crazy prices: Condos and co-ops can cost millions. But the city also has a long history of affordable housing in the form of limited equity co-ops.
Today, many of these resident-owned buildings have become privatized by businesses that raise prices to open market rates. But a few of these co-ops are fighting to preserve a very different vision of living in New York City.
Neil Patrick Harris stands among the cast of <em>Company</em>, which played in select movie theaters this weekend.
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This was the weekend that the production of Stephen Sondheim's Company filmed during a brief run with the New York Philharmonic in April enjoyed a limited run in movie theaters across the country. (If you missed it, there are rumblings of a one-shot encore date in July, but they're not yet listed on the official site, so stay tuned.)
In voting today to dramatically expand what can be used as suffixes in Internet domain names, have the regulators of that world made the Web a whole lot more democratic or kicked off what are sure to be some expensive and extended battles over trademarks?
"I was sort of always under the impression that these things were done while everybody was just trying to work," The Decemberists' Colin Meloy says a little ways into this Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices. "I kind of like the romance of that."
Clarence Clemons during a performance on Aug. 7, 2002, in New Jersey.
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The sad news from the weekend that E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons died at the age of 69, a week after suffering a stroke at his home in Florida, has inspired quite a few "best Big Man solos" blogposts.
In summer, people like to get away. Some visit the beach, others the mountains. But many of us like to go a little further: to Arrakis perhaps, or Earthsea — or maybe a new dimension entirely. Which is to say, we escape into a fat science fiction or fantasy novel.
Fatherhood had been a hot topic in the news. President Barack Obama recently launched his <em>Strong Fathers, Strong Families</em> campaign
Mason Jamal is a contributor to The Root.
Before President Barack Obama was penning essays and delivering social sermons on fatherhood, there was Ed O.G. & Da Bullldogs. It was the early '90s and the hip-hop quartet from Boston had a hit single on their hands, "Be a Father to Your Child."
Syrian President Bashar Assad, as we reported earlier, today blamed "saboteurs" for the violence in his country — even though human rights groups and protesters say it is government forces who have been responsible for most of the deaths in recent weeks.