Iranian Protesters 'Stand Up For Their Rights'
The Iranian government has responded to the violent street clashes by making hundreds of arrests. Those in detention include former Foreign Minister Ebrahim Yazdi. His son — Youseph Yazdi, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University — tells Steve Inskeep that it is a positive sign that the Iranian people are expressing their anger and standing up for their rights.
Palestinians Practice Non-Violent Resistance In Bilin
The West Bank village of Bilin has become an international symbol of Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation. For the past five years, Palestinian activists and their international supporters have gathered there every Friday. Palestinians say the protests are an example of non-violent resistance, a model they are trying to expand. Israel calls them riots and police have been arresting the movement's leaders.
Pugilistic Tycoon: Vanderbilt Jabs His Way To The Top
Shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt has been described as combative. Author T.J. Stiles found court records that showed Vanderbilt engaged in fist-fights and won into his 50s. In his book, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Stiles tells Steve Inskeep that Vanderbilt was as ruthless as he was principled — and, while amassing an unrivaled fortune in American history, he pioneered many of the foundations of the economy we know today.
Dynamite Brings Down Lake Champlain Bridge
Engineers dynamited the massive Crown Point Bridge that links Vermont and New York across Lake Champlain on Monday. The 80-year-old bridge was closed without warning last fall because of safety concerns. Its destruction punctuates a major transportation crisis that has worsened as the lake begins to ice up, forcing motorists to make 100-mile detours. A new bridge is expected to open in 2011.
Will 'Get What You Want' Leave A Cultural Gap?
"Get what you want, when you want it." That phrase has increasingly defined consumers' relationship to the entertainment industry as the past decade has unfolded. But are choice and convenience costing us a sense of common culture? Put another way: Would Seinfeld's "puffy shirt" make it into the Smithsonian today?
2006 And The Death Of Tower Records
Once, Tower Records was the place to go if you were searching for obscure music in any genre. The chain's exhaustive inventory and knowledgeable staff earned it adoring fans. But it wasn't the Internet that killed the retailing star.
2009 Ends With Fewer Banks In Business
Some 140 banks have failed so far this year. That's more than in any year since 1992. The FDIC, which insures bank deposits, is planning for more failures next year. Georgia had more bank failures than any other state — 25 in all.
Passengers Cite Inconvenience As Main Concern
At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, travelers expressed some concerns after last week's foiled attempt to bomb a plane but said flying is a necessity. An airline industry consultant added that fear isn't the main issue for most travelers: They're more concerned with the inconvenience added security brings.
Survey: Employers Expect Hiring Uptick
The online jobs site CareerBuilder.com surveyed 2,700 human resource professionals and hiring managers to find out whether they plan to employ more people in the coming year. Twenty percent said they plan to bring on more full-time staff in 2010. Salaries and benefits are likely to stay tight, the research found.
Foiled Bombing Is Similar To Past Al-Qaida Attempts
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a jetliner over Detroit. The group says it gave powerful explosives to the suspect in FBI custody, and the patterns in the case mirror past al-Qaida-linked incidents involving an assassination plot in Saudi Arabia and the 2001 shoe bomber.