Summer, when I was a kid, meant weekend road-trips in our family Rambler to sites of historical interest. We'd pack up deviled-ham sandwiches and Cokes and make pilgrimages from our apartment in Queens to Teddy Roosevelt's house on Long Island or Washington Irving's house in Westchester. Sometimes there were longer expeditions to Valley Forge and, once, Williamsburg. I'm not sure how much history I absorbed; I mostly remember a lot of candle-making demonstrations.
Natasha Darrington served nearly 11 years for crack cocaine involvement. On Wednesday, Darrington testified at the U.S. Sentencing Commission that is hearing testimonies as to whether a 2010 federal law that lowered prison sentences for crack cocaine offenses should be applied to inmates already in prison. Darrington, a mother of four, talks about her sentence, her life in prison and how her life has changed for the better after her early release.
Renewed efforts to start negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians have created a great deal of buzz, but whether these efforts result in real change is still unclear. To discuss the potential for reconciliation are two people who are living everyday, with the consequences of perpetual conflict. Kamel Husseini is a Palestinian from Jerusalem and Yitzhak Frankenthal is an Israeli, whose son was killed by the Palestinian political party and militant group Hamas.
A new season of TV shows revolving around women began this week. Music Television Network VH-1 brought back its hit reality show Basketball Wives and also launched a scripted series called Single Ladies . Stacie Turner, a former cast member of Bravo's reality TV show The Real Housewives of DC , Galina Espinoza, editorial director of Latina Magazine and Editor-In-Chief of Jezebel.com Jessica Coen, talk about how these shows portray women.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently said that a 2010 federal law that lowers prison sentences for crack cocaine offenses should be applied to inmates already in prison. That means nearly 12,000 prisoners could be released early, a vast majority of which are black. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is hearing testimony now. Host Michel Martin discusses these new developments with two people who have testified before the commission — Michael Nachmanoff is a public defender in Virginia and Christopher Chiles is the Chairman of the board for the National District Attorneys Association.
Wednesday's post about the brouhaha this week aboard a Ghana-bound flight that began when one passenger reclined his seat and the person behind responded with a smack (and not the kissing kind), generated many comments with tips about how to handle that sort of situation.
The piano is an inviting instrument. That's why drummers, bassists and blues guitarists all record as pianists, and even non-musicians will tickle a few keys when no one's around. The piano's easy to get a sound out of, and on the keyboard, you can see all the tonal patterns laid out in black and white. You can approach playing it as a visual puzzle, connecting the dots. You don't have to be a virtuoso to get a rhythm going, or to set the wooden box of wires humming. And every piano has its personality to discover, pliant or not so much.
"Jill Abramson, a former investigative reporter and Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, will become the paper's executive editor, succeeding Bill Keller, who is stepping down to become a full-time writer for the paper," the Times announced this morning.
Richard C. Holbrooke speaking at the American Academy in Berlin in May 2009
Credit Hornische / American Academy
On April 15, 2011, distinguished guests, including US Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy, joined US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a memorial service for Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke (1941-2010).
Holbrooke, a founder of the American Academy in Berlin, held many diplomatic positions during his career, including US Ambassador to the UN.
This Saturday evening at 19:00, and Monday morning at 08:00, NPR FM Berlin, 104,1, presents Hillary Clinton's remarks at the American Academy memorial service for her friend Richard Holbrooke.