The occasional Monkey See I Will If You Will Book Club has reconvened to read Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Dream Country. This week, we read "Calliope," the first of the four stories in the book.
Our main discussion will take place in the comments to this post, but I decided to start by exchanging a few thoughts with our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, who is massively more experienced in this medium than I am. Head to the comments to share your thoughts about "Calliope."
If there's a growing concentration of CO2 in our atmosphere, (and there is) why does that make the planet warmer?
In our cartoon and in the slideshow below, you see the CO2 molecule getting hit by the heat energy from bouncing light. And instead of breaking up, it just gets excited (the chemical equivalent of getting warmer). That's essentially the chemical explanation for global warming.
If he'd been using his feet instead of his hands, maybe this wouldn't have happened:
Sergio Ramos, one of the best players on one of Spain's best soccer teams, dropped the trophy from the top of an open-air bus Wednesday night as he and his Real Madrid teammates were celebrating their Copa del Rey (King's Cup) victory over arch-rival Barcelona.
The world's biggest burger chain reported Thursday that first-quarter sales grew to about $6 billion, nearly 10 percent higher than the first quarter of last year, and net income grew nearly 11 percent. McDonald's cited strong sales of new products like specialty coffees, smoothies and oatmeal, and modernization efforts like updating lighting and seating, and adding more 24-hour outlets.
An American woman begins a tense conversation with a man from the Middle East, whom she believes may be a terrorist, but then their conversation takes a surprising turn: both are travelers sitting in an airport waiting room.
"Terminal Connections" is a string of six short plays, set in airports around the world in transit lounges, departure and arrival halls.
The scripts were written at workshops held at the HB Playwrights Foundation in New York City.
This May, the short stories about airport encounters will be staged at Play2C Theater Studio in Kreuzberg.
Before they were signed to Jagjaguwar Records, the members of the Minnesota band Peter Wolf Crier stopped by The Current to play songs from their gritty folk-rock album Inter-Be. Peter Piasano, formerly the leader of a band called Wars of 1812, and Laarks drummer Brian Moen crafted a sound steeped in rootsy tradition, but with an indie-rock twist.
A feeling of urgency goes a long way for any band with its roots in punk. More than a decade into their career, the members of KEN Mode found themselves at a turning point: devote whatever time they could to touring and recording, or quit their day jobs and focus solely on their band. They chose the latter, and the result is KEN Mode's blistering fourth album, Venerable.
You can only will yourself to stay awake for so long. Eventually, the brain decides it has had enough and you'll conk out.
In the wake of the problems with air traffic controllers snoozing on the job, Morning Edition host Mary Louise Kelly talks with Harvard sleep specialist Dr. Charles Czeisler about the limits of human endurance — especially for people on the night shift.