The latest installment in World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series features singer-songwriter Liz Longley. Now based in Nashville, she got her start in the Philly suburbs.
Longley played in local clubs before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Her musical travels led her to Nashville, where she used a Kickstarter campaign to make the album she always wanted.
José González has kept himself busy over the past few years; between his work with Junip and his Secret Life Of Walter Mitty soundtrack, he's cranked out quite a bit of new material. But González took quite a while to release a new solo album, and the Swedish-Argentine singer doesn't disappoint with Vestiges And Claws. The stunning beauty of "Let It Carry You" really comes through in this live performance for KCRW.
On a sunny day in the remote Chienge district of Zambia, hundreds gathered for a celebration that was the first of its kind. There was singing, laughing and no shortage of dancing. The village chiefs and government officials came dressed in their finest clothes, while volunteers sported bright green T-shirts that read, "We use a toilet ... do you?"
Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985 and never left, even when the talk-show host moved from NBC to CBS. During the course of his 29-year tenure, Burnett evolved from intern to head writer to executive producer of the Late Show with David Letterman, a position he held through last night's final show.
Prosecutors in Pakistan's Punjab province have charged 106 people in connection with the gruesome mob killing of a Christian couple who were incinerated in a brick kiln for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Quran.
In November, Sajjad Mesih and his wife, Shama — who was pregnant when the couple in their 20s was killed — were beaten and thrown into the kiln they tended as laborers.
A new batch of 6,500 words are now available to Scrabble players, after publishing house Collins updated its widely used Official Scrabble Words list Thursday. The list includes tech jargon and slang, such as pwn, twerk and shizzle.
Also added: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. (See a longer list at the bottom of this post.)
The southern Afghan city of Kandahar was the birthplace of the Taliban and has long been considered one the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.
But the city has grown peaceful in recent years, and much of the credit has been given to an American ally: Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq, the provincial police chief.
On a recent day, the most feared man in Kandahar is slumped in a cheap blue plastic chair on a wide patio. He's slight and wiry, with a shy smile. He could be mistaken for a security guard at this palatial home of marble and chandeliers.
The mother of a University of Massachusetts, Amherst, student who died of a heroin overdose is frustrated that no charges have been filed against the dealer, 19 months after she found her son Eric Sinacori dead in his off-campus apartment.
Francesca Sinacori hadn’t known her son had recently been arrested by university police, and was enlisted as a police informant in exchange for dropping charges. The university has since suspended its drug informant program.
Rickie Lee Jones needs no introduction. Seriously. The singer-songwriter is so elementally articulate, so gifted at grasping both the rawest and the most complicatedly cooked emotions in her compositions, that critical framing best comes after the experience of listening to her.
Militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early today, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town.
Palmyra is a Unesco World Heritage site and there are concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins, as they have done in neighboring Iraq.
The Islamic State’s capture of the town of Palmyra late yesterday was a stunning triumph for the militant group, only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq’s largest Sunni province.
The study “Suicide Trends Among Elementary School Aged Children in the United States,” published in this week’s JAMA Pediatrics, shows that the suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades.
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, This American Life and many others were among the media organizations that covered the results of a recent study about gay marriage opinions that turned out to be fabricated.
The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children in the same age group. The disturbing finding marks the first time ever that suicide rates among blacks of any age have exceeded those of their white counterparts.
The data on suicides among kids between the ages of 5 and 11 were gathered between 2003 and 2012. The results were shocking enough that researchers decided to hold off for a whole year to gather more data before releasing their findings, to be sure that they weren’t misinterpreting anything.