Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:05 am
When Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, he left a trove of documents at his estate; many were thrown into a large reservoir. Journalists called divers and spent the weekend going over soggy papers in a house they had long been forbidden from entering. With the help of volunteers, more than 20,000 pages are now online.
From Scratch Host Jessica Harris speaks with Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods. The company has become a vehicle for more than one million artisans who sell their products, ranging from knit-wear to musical instruments to clocks, through the site. Harris also speaks with Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, co-founders of SoulCycle, a type of workout that fuses indoor cycling with upper body workouts.
Police are investigating the stabbing of Kevin Lau Chun-to and have recovered a stolen motorcycle they suspect was used by one of the attackers. The newspaper Ming Pao, where Lau worked, has offered a $128,000 reward for information leading to the attack.
When it comes to "callings" we usually think of people who feel drawn to religious career paths. But if you ask Neil deGrasse Tyson how he became an astrophysicist he says: "I think the universe called me. I feel like I had no say in the matter."
Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith recently led his trio through a soulful set before a sold-out house at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington, D.C. The good doctor turns 70 this year, and he's still a leader and innovator on his instrument. He's also gaining a whole new audience, as young musicians and producers sample his deep, relentless grooves.
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:27 pm
"Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the U.S. National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of Internet users not suspected of wrongdoing," The Guardian writes today in its latest report based on material leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:53 pm
Was screenwriter John Ridley a bit nervous the night before this year's Academy Award nominations were announced? Absolutely.
How could he not be, when everywhere he went people approached him to say that he deserved an Oscar nod for his work on the film 12 Years a Slave. But those nerves were not evident when he sat down before a live audience at NPR Headquarters just hours before he did indeed get that Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:34 pm
Update at 2:04 p.m. ET. Released From Hospital:
Attorney General Eric Holder was released from a Washington, D.C. hospital Thursday afternoon.
Holder was taken to Washington Hospital Center after complaining of shortness of breath and faintness. Holder was released shortly thereafter and is now resting at home, a spokeswoman tells NPR's Carrie Johnson.
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:27 am
An independent review of 67 cases in which Border Patrol agents used deadly force found that in some of them "agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars apparently to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border."
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:10 pm
Almost two decades after publishing his last Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, elusive cartoonist Bill Watterson is back — with a film poster. The documentary, Stripped, is a self-described "love letter to comic strips" that includes interviews with, among others, Jeff Keane of Family Circus, Richard Thompson of Cul de Sac and Watterson himself.