Comparing Notes: Kitt, Kander And Miranda
Broadway composer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in the Tony-winning musical In the Heights, sits down at the piano with John Kander, the legendary composer of Chicago, and Tom Kitt, composer and winner of this year's Tony for the musical Next to Normal.
Social Networks: They're Popular, But Will They Pay?
Since last August, Facebook has doubled its user base to more than 200 million active users. The hope is that all those users will translate into millions of dollars in ad revenue. But turning a profit can be tricky business on the Web.
Economic Crisis Stirs Free-Market Debate
The steps taken to prevent an economic collapse have challenged longstanding assumptions about the operation of modern free-market capitalism championed by Adam Smith, and the role of the government in the economy.
Iran's Top Electoral Body Says Election Valid
Iran's Guardian Council, the body that is dominated by clerics and oversees elections, has announced the disputed presidential election will not be annulled. At the same time, Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it will crush any street demonstrations called to protest the election. On Monday, a few hundred people tried to mount a protest but police quickly dispersed them.
Mass European Protests Back Iranian Reformers
Europeans are reacting with outrage over events unfolding in Iran. European leaders have called for an end to the violence in Iran, and a vote recount of the disputed presidential election. People in Europe's major capitals have taken to the streets in solidarity with Iranian protesters.
Supreme Court Rules On Special Education Case
In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that school districts could be required to reimburse students who choose special education programs at private schools even if they did not try the public school's special education offerings first.
Palestinian Rift In The West Bank Intensifies
Increasing tensions between rival Palestinian factions in the West Bank have turned violent. Fatah leaders say Hamas is plotting to take over the West Bank by force — similar to what happened in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas fighters overwhelmed Fatah forces. Recent gunfights have left nine dead.
In Memory Of An Indian Musical Genius
Ali Akbar Khan's fans included maharajahs, classical Western musicians, and rock stars. Khan was born in what is now Bangladesh. He played a Northern Indian instrument, the sarod. Violinist Yehudi Menuhin said he was "the greatest musician in the world," and the Indian government named him a national treasure. He died last week at age 87. Commentator Sandip Roy has this appreciation.
SEC Charges Madoff Advisers With Fraud
U.S. officials have filed civil charges against two of the so-called feeder funds that helped Bernard Madoff find investors. They say the firms knew — or should have known — that Madoff was operating a giant Ponzi scheme.
Google Executives On Trial In Absentia In Italy
Testimony begins Tuesday in the trial of four Google executives in Italy. The case involves a YouTube video of an autistic Italian youth being beaten and insulted. Google owns YouTube and Italian prosecutors are accusing the executives of privacy violations. They want Google to do more to filter content. Google says content is the responsibility of the user, not the company.