A robotic submarine known as the Bluefin 21 is heading to the depths of the Indian Ocean today, where it will troll the ocean floor in search of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared 38 days ago.
The unmanned vehicle moves at walking pace and can create a three-dimensional sonar map of any debris detected. The launch of Bluefin 21 comes after crews picked up a series of underwater “pings” over the past two weeks that were consistent with sounds that could be emitted by the plane’s black boxes.
John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes Of Wrath” was published 75 years ago this month. The epic work tells the story of Oklahoma farmers migrating to California after the dust bowl of the 1930s.
It won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. To mark the anniversary, there’s a beautiful new special edition of the book, published with the original cover painting and the original notes on the book flap.
Bettye LaVette appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.
Based in Detroit, the R&B singer began her career with Atlantic Records in the early '60s and scored a Top 10 hit with her debut single, "My Man — He's a Lovin' Man." Through the years, LaVette continued to release albums on regional labels, and even joined the touring company of the Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar.
Fred Ho — composer, baritone saxophonist and activist — died at his Brooklyn home on Saturday at age 56. Throughout his career, Ho combined Asian melodies with big band jazz, though he never used the phrase "jazz." (He said the word originally denigrated the work of black musicians.)
He was inspired by the Black Power movement. At 14, two notable things happened: He read Malcolm X's autobiography, and he began playing the baritone saxophone.
There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically live in the gut.
Blaser is an expert on the human microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that live in and on the body. In fact, up to 90 percent of all the cells in the human body aren't human at all — they're micro-organisms.
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A telephone box near Britain's Government Communications Headquarters is now bracketed with a trio of snoops, after a mural was added to a nearby wall this weekend. The art is believed to be the work of Banksy, who often uses public spaces as his canvas.
The mural was painted around the telephone box to create the image of three trenchcoat-clad men wearing sunglasses, holding microphones and other surveillance gear. A dark streak of paint rises above them, linking their scene with a satellite dish that's anchored on the side of the house.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Let's take a visit to Appalachia now, the region that stretches from Southern New York all the way down to northern Mississippi. The stereotype of Appalachia is a mountainous area sparsely populated by poor whites. But there is a lot more to that region, including a growing Latino community with rich traditions in the arts.