It is 2007, and R.P. Salazar is living in Waco, Texas. His email username is rpsalazar. One day an email arrives addressed to another rpsalazar, meant for someone with the same initials and surname but a slightly different email address. He sends it along to the right person, an R.P. Salazar living in Bangkok. Before clicking Send he adds a p.s.: "How's the weather in Bangkok?"
Before the end of 2007, Ruben Salazar and Rachel Salazar are married. Storycorps and NPR report the whole story
. (The text is good, but the audio is even better. Click "Listen to the Story.")
posted by mark7570
on May 13, 2011 -
"Puff-Puff™ inhalers are available free to any family living within 200 miles of a coal plant, and each inhaler comes with a $10 coupon towards the cost of the asthma medication itself." [more inside]
posted by cmoj
on May 11, 2011 -
! For the past year, the Wait Wait... Don't Blog Me!
team at NPR has been blogging about a different sandwich every Monday. Some highlights include the most expensive burger in the world
, the Kevin Butler
(a "nonfictional sandwich from a fictional person"), , Paula Deen's favorite burger
(it is even more impressive than you expect), and quite possibly the first sandwich ever made
. And, from the Golden Arches, the
, the classic McRib
, and the Mc10:35
(possible only during the magical moment when breakfast and lunch menus are available at the same time).
posted by blahblahblah
on Mar 30, 2011 -
"Ron Schiller, NPR Foundation's senior vice president for fundraising, was recorded secretly
on Feb. 22 by Republican filmmaker James O'Keefe, who is well known for his undercover stunts targeting various agencies. Schiller is seen on a videotape during a luncheon with men who were posing as members of the fictitious Muslim Action Education Center."* [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Mar 8, 2011 -
American women at work,
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ratio of women's to men's earnings, for all occupations, was 81.2 percent in 2010. Of course, it was also at this level in 2005 and 2006. Give it another 40 years or so to women to get paid what men do for working the same jobs. Though the trend is stagnant at the moment (see Chart 1 on page 3 of this 2009 PDF
) some are optimistic
about the progress
women have made. [more inside]
posted by cashman
on Mar 7, 2011 -
A Nuclear Fireworks Show over Hawaii:
With the 4th of July approaching, what could be a more fitting tribute to the American spirit than this awesome pyrotechnical display seen over Hawaii in 1962, when America detonated a 1.45 megaton hydrogen bomb in outer space? Especially considering the circumstances. On the very same day that he announced the discovery of the massive radiation belt surrounding the Earth
that now bears his name, American scientist James Van Allen
joined the American military in planning a secret project (code named: "Starfish Prime"
) to see if they could destroy it. According to science historian James Fleming, this all-American project respresents "the first occasion I've ever discovered where someone discovered something and immediately decided to blow it up."
posted by saulgoodman
on Jul 2, 2010 -
Featuring Nellie McKay, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Steve Earle, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kate Pierson (of the B-52s) and many others, Here Lies Love
is the result of a recent collaboration
between David Byrne
and Fatboy Slim.
22-tracks long, it tells the story of the Iron Butterfly, aka Imelda Marcos, first lady of the Philippines,
and her relationship with her childhood servant Estrella Cumpas. Its official release is April 6th, but until then you can listen to the whole thing on NPR Music.
The double-disc set will also feature a 120 page booklet and a DVD of historical footage. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Mar 30, 2010 -
Listeners to NPR have probably heard the blurb: "Support for NPR comes from the estate of Richard Leroy Walters, whose life was enriched by NPR, and whose bequest seeks to encourage others to discover public radio." Nothing too out of the ordinary. Except Richard Leroy Walters
posted by kmz
on Oct 5, 2009 -
If you can't Ask MetaFilter, try asking What Would Rob Do?
In his podcast
, "NPR's Rob Sachs talks about life's sticky situations and how turn them into an opportunity for adventure, growth, or at the very least, laughter." Like how to propose
, or if that doesn't work, what to do when you run into your ex
(Mp3) (turns out being calm and collected beats out feigning not to have made eye contact), how to talk to strangers
(Mp3), sing a lullaby
(by interviewing Rob Springfield), or how to, you know, avoid, um, Verbal Ticks
. Each podcast episode is an interview with one kind of expert or another. Some posts also go on the Monkey See
blog as well as a facebook
posted by pithy comment
on Sep 11, 2009 -
"I said, 'This is a dilemma, because if that was your 81-year-old grandmother sitting out there, you would be fit to be tied,' " Cook says. "And I said, 'I'm sure the news channels would love this story if I gave them a phone call.' "
Being a chaplain at the Atlanta airport.
posted by wittgenstein
on Sep 9, 2009 -