As readers of this blog have likely figured out by now,host Linda Holmes is currently in London, where we can only presume that she's taking tea with the Queen Mum while sporting a comically oversized hat. This means, among other things, that she's turned the writing of this particular post over to someone who's spent recent hours 1) sleeping through the royal wedding; 2) memorizing round one of last night's NFL Draft on ESPN; and 3) drinking an entire two-liter bottle of Diet Coke without so much as bothering to pour it into a glass.
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More and more, genre constraints are falling by the wayside. But sometimes there are too many places to pull inspiration — almost like several different stereos playing at once, fighting for attention. Somewhere out there, John Cage is running a victory lap.
The fighting in Libya has triggered one of the largest refugee crises seen in the past 20 years.
More than 630,000 people have fled Libya into neighboring countries, according to the International Organization for Migration, which has been coordinating the international response along with the United Nations.
Most are not Libyans but migrant workers and their families, primarily from sub-Saharan Africa, who had been living in Libya but are now fleeing the violence there.
The Italian duo Dumbo Gets Mad specializes in psychedelics for the sober, bringing experimentation together with detailed pop songwriting. Keeping track of every subtle texture that flows through "Marmelade Kids" is harder than it sounds: The instrumentation comes on easily enough, but it's not long before the music develops into a series of different phaser effects, distortions and reverberations.
Tornadoes and storms ripped through the South this week, killing hundreds of residents. In this "Faith Matters" segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Rev. Schmitt Moore, the pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., about the devastation his parish is facing and how faith is involved in the recovery effort.
A transgender woman identifies with the brutal beating at a Baltimore McDonald's. Listeners also weigh in on the continuing feud between filmmakers Tyler Perry and Spike Lee. Finally, host Michel Martin speaks with Tell Me More's outgoing "digital media guy" Lee Hill about his new job in Denver.
The White House released President Obama's birth certificate but it still did not silence his critics. Now some are questioning his academic records. Also, a judge's ruling may have ended the NFL lockout, though details of the collective bargaining agreement have yet to be finalized. Host Michel Martin speaks with Tell Me More's Barbershop guys: author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and Sports Illustrated reporter Pablo Torre.
People around the world tuned in Friday morning to watch the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the new duke and duchess of Cambridge. Host Michel Martin discusses how the event influences pop culture with Robin Givhan, special correspondent for style and culture for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.