Eric Whitacre on the Whitacre Extravaganza Eric Whitacre is a phenomenon. He couldn't read music when he started college, but within a few years he was composing music that was performed and recorded by professional choirs around the world.4:49 p.m.
Obama extends status of Liberians President Barack Obama has signed an executive
order allowing roughly 3,600 Liberians living in the United States
under temporary protected status to stay in the country for an
additional 12 months.5:20 p.m.
Obama Goes Public To Offset Bonus Outrage
Amid a storm of public scorn over the bonuses paid to executives of the AIG insurance company, the president makes a series of appearances designed to turn the rage over the bonuses and the bailout to his advantage.
The Week In Politics
Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Matthew Continetti of The Weekly Standard about the week in politics with Melissa Block.
At Purdue, Compliments Are Complimentary
Two sophomores at Purdue University stand outside on Wednesday afternoons and shout compliments at people to boost their day. They say it's fun and they consider it a public service.
At The U.N., 'Battlestar' Troops Talk Ethics Of War
The acclaimed sci-fi drama grappled often with issues that plague real-world leaders. As the show neared its end, cast and producers gathered to ask how fiction can offer wisdom on profoundly tough choices.
Joblessness Becomes A Way Of Life In Calif. Town
If the sagging economy has an epicenter, it may be El Centro, Calif., where unemployment tops 24 percent, the nation's highest. For decades, people have crossed the border from Mexico into this part of California looking for jobs, but these days jobs are hard to come by.
Western Tourist Reflects On Iraq Visit
A group of tourists from the U.S., England and Canada is heading home after a holiday in Iraq. It may be the first such group to visit since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Tina Townsend Greaves talks about where she traveled in Iraq and what she saw.
Drought Reveals Iraqi Archaeological Treasures
Iraq is suffering one of the worst droughts in decades. While that is bad news for farmers, it is good news for archaeologists in the country: The receding waters of the Euphrates River have revealed ancient archaeological sites, some of which were unknown until now.
Mark O'Connor's Symphonic America
Mark O'Connor's new Americana Symphony follows the spirit of America's historic westward expansion and the music it engendered. The fiddler says he's trying to identify something long overlooked in classical music — our native language.
Goldman Defends Taking Payments From AIG
Since last September, the federal government has committed more than $170 billion to bail out the insurance giant AIG. This week, AIG began to spell out what it has done with the money. More than half has gone to large banks, including Goldman Sachs.