A dance explores comfort, intimacy and justice A new dance premiering in Minneapolis this weekend explores what it means to hold, to be held, and the consequences of holding on too tightly to something, whether it's a person or an idea.4:44 p.m.
Jon Hassler, author of 'Staggerford,' dies Famed Minnesota novelist Jon Hassler has died. Hassler, 74, had suffered from Parkinson disease. He had a string of novels to his name, many of them examining the intricacies of life in small Minnesota towns. As word spreads of his passing Hassler is being remembered both for his writing and his teaching.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Web Sites Let Bibliophiles Share Books Virtually
Bookish people may not be known for their social skills, but a crop of social-networking Web sites aimed at bibliophiles are allowing readers to connect with the page — and with each other — in a brand new "virtual" environment.
Confessions of a Modern-Day Dandy
Sebastian Horsley has lived a life of decadence for over twenty years. He recently penned a memoir about his experiences called Dandy in the Underworld. Now he answers the question: What does it mean to be a modern dandy?
Politics Roundtable: Race, Documents, Mideast Gaffe
Sparking discussion this week: Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) speech on race; the release of Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) schedules as first lady; and Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) miscue on Iran's training of militants. The Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti and the Brookings Institution's E.J. Dionne Jr. talk with Robert Siegel.
Pa. Mayors' Primary Picks Transcend Race
Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). Lancaster's Mayor Rick Gray is backing Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). One month ahead of the contest, near-record numbers of voters are registering and a recent poll gives Clinton a 12-point lead.
China Shutters Town Bordering Tibet
Residents of Litang — which is 90 percent ethnically Tibetan — are living in fear of the government's tightening control as shops are closed and the use of cars is banned. Simon Elegant, Beijing Bureau Chief for Time magazine talks with Robert Siegel.
Study: Spending Money on Others Makes Us Happy
A new study, published in the journal Science, suggests that what matters most is not how much money we have but, rather, what we do with it. Spending money on others, it shows, can boost our own happiness.
Addressing Listeners' Economic Concerns
Keeping up with the fast pace of recent economic news and understanding the ramifications of this week's developments is no easy task. Laurence Meyer, vice chairman of Macroeconomic Advisers, talks with Michele Norris, Robert Siegel and Adam Davidson.
Little Sympathy for Bear Stearns
Even in the cutthroat world of high finance, Bear Stearns stood out. Did hubris at the powerhouse that helped create the market for risky mortgage-backed securities help bring it to ruin?
Small Businesses Squeezed by Credit Crunch
The credit crunch doesn't just affect Wall Street. Across the country, smaller businesses are also struggling to get loans. Some have put off expansion plans as a result; others are paying much more for the loans they need to do business.
Math Major Explains Method to March Madness
Neil Goodson and Colin Stevenson, two math majors at the College of Charleston, are using a class project to predict who will win this year's NCAA basketball tournament. Goodson talks with Robert Siegel about their work and how their computer models filled out the brackets.