Host Michel Martin marks the passing of two historic lives. Former Black Panther Geronimo Pratt died on Thursday in Tanzania. He served 27 years in prison for a murder he insisted he did not commit, before his conviction was overturned in 1997. Martin also marks the death of Albertina Sisulu, a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Sisulu spent months in jail for her work championing the rights of women and children. She was 92 years old.
British anti-terror activities took a decidedly sweet turn, last year. The Telegraph, The Guardian and the Associated Press, among others, are reporting that British intelligence agents hacked into one of al-Qaida's English language publications and swapped out a recipe for home-made bombs with recipes for American cupcakes.
After a call from Chile's Communist Party for a formal investigation into whether poet Pablo Neruda was assassinated under orders from Gen. Augusto Pinochet, a judge has ordered a probe of Neruda's 1973 death.
Indie-rock band Okkervil River is one of the most prominent acts in one of our country's most musical cities: Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998 by high school buddies, Okkervil River went through the typical garage-band phase when it self-released its first material. In 2000, the band, taking its intriguing name from a piece of Russian fiction, paired with producer/engineer Brian Beattie for the LP Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See.
We have it from no less an authority than David Axelrod, his political strategist, that President Obama knows better than most that it was the prevailing economic gloom in 2008 that helped put him in the White House.
Axelrod recalls once saying wistfully to the president during a White House meeting as crises abounded: "I wonder what it would be like to be here during good times?"
To which Obama said: " 'Don't kid yourself. If things were good, we wouldn't have gotten the job.' "
Federal inspectors issued 30 citations at an underground coal mine in Letcher County during a special inspection last month, according to a news release. Among other things, the citations allege that the operator of Vision Coal Inc.'s Mine No. 2 failed to follow the approved plans for supporting the mine roof and drilling test holes, exposing miners to potential injuries from roof falls and the danger of being inundated by water and harmful gases, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said.