Japanese officials suspended helicopter water dumps after the effort failed to cool overheated reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex disabled by last week’s earthquake and tsunami. We get some perspective from an expert who has worked at nuclear power plants similar to Fukushima-Dai-ichi.
Journalists Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks, and Lynsey Addario went missing on Tuesday while reporting on the events in Libya, a country that the Committee to Protect Journalists is calling the most dangerous in the world for journalists right now.
House Republicans plan to float a measure today to permanently end federal funding for NPR and prohibit member stations from using federal funds to pay for NPR programs. This is the latest move to cut off funding to public radio, after a bill to cut funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting failed in the Senate earlier this year.
Named the best folk group at the Irish Music Awards for three years in a row, the High Kings are taking up the mantle from groups like the Clancy Brothers and introducing new renditions of traditional Irish folk songs to listeners. We speak with band member Brian Dunphy.
We first spoke with Donzell Mintz when he was a teenager, before he was sentenced to three years behind bars. Fresh out of prison, he’s working at a cafe that trains young ex-offenders.17 Comments | more »
Joan Parker, longtime philanthropist and the widow of mystery writer Robert B. Parker, died last Tuesday. Joan was the inspiration for the character loved by Robert’s protagonist, detective Spenser.4 Comments | more »
The sequester budget cuts mean lower reimbursements for chemotherapy drugs for Medicare patients — a change that’s forcing some cancer clinics to turn away patients, in order to make ends meet.4 Comments | more »