Poly Styrene stood out in British punk. Female in a male world, heavy in a skinny world, half-African in a white world, flaunting braces that looked like they could dent a lorry, she's linked in history to a song as iconic as "Anarchy in the U.K." itself.
One of roots music's slyest, sharpest singer-songwriters, Todd Snider makes his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage here, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Snider has built his reputation by touring mostly solo, accompanied only by his harmonica and guitar. This time, he enlists Great American Taxi, heard later this week, whose music also appears on Snider's latest double-live album, aptly named The Storyteller.
Saying that "medically, there is no reason she could not travel safely to Florida to participate in this incredible event with her husband," the director of the neuroscience institute at Houston's TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital confirmed today that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has been given the OK by her doctors to be at Friday's scheduled last launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.
Holding a title as one of the best guitarists in Nashville has to mean that you've achieved something akin to legendary status in the music world — and that's exactly what Buddy Miller has done. Born in '50s Ohio, the singer-songwriter took the stage for the first time in the '60s as an upright bassist in high-school combos.
In a story today, The New York Post went looking for patrons of public libraries who watch porn at computer terminals. They found one older gentleman watching a "threesome." He wouldn't talk to the paper, but they did find plenty of people who were put off by the behavior:
Gitmo Docs Reporting from over 700 classified military documents by the New York Times and NPR has provided detailed information about the men who have served and are serving time at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The documents include risk assessments of prisoners written between February 2002 and January 2009. Host Neal Conan is joined by NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston and New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane to talk about what they've learned from the documents.
The state U.S. housing market, summed up in one rhetorical question:
Why buy a brand new house when you can pick up a foreclosure on the cheap?
In other words:
1. Sales of newly built homes remained super-low in March, according to government figures released this morning. It would take more than seven months to sell all the new homes on the market; in a healthy market, it's typically less than six months.
Back on April 15, our colleagues at Michigan Radio posted about state Sen. Bruce Caswell's proposal that the $80-a-year clothing allowance Michigan provides for a child in foster care only be eligible for use at thrift stores.