The self-declared Islamic State has released the second video in a promised "lecture series" delivered by kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.
"In this program, we will see how Western governments are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past," says Cantlie, who is seated at a desk and dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to the one he was seen wearing in the first of the videos last week.
This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage.
That's the reaction I usually offer these days whenever someone asks me about a race-based media firestorm – this time, in reference to the nuclear-sized backlash against New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley's bewildering commentary on Shonda Rhimes, one of the most successful showrunners in television history.
An Australian indie-pop band, The Jezabels performed "Time To Dance" live at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Mass., on June 17. The band's second full-length studio album, The Brink, was released earlier this year.
Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:42 am
Traffic in Nairobi is so mind-numbing it makes Los Angeles' Interstate 5 look like the Autobahn. Motorcycles squeeze between cars and trucks that practically park on major boulevards and highways. Street peddlers walk to and fro selling newspapers, flowers, air fresheners and children's toys to captive audiences. Roundabouts become cartoonishly clogged.
Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am
If you're a regular Shots reader or Morning Edition listener, you may remember a recent story about Justin McCowan, a man with Down syndrome who wanted to help researchers find a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. McCowan died in his sleep on September 18 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 40.
Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:09 am
Three times in one week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo returned to the emergency room of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Southern California, seeking relief from intense back pain. Each time, Granillo waited a little while and then left the ER without ever being seen by a doctor.
"I was in so much pain, I wanted to be taken care of 'now,' " says Granillo. "I didn't want to sit and wait."
Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 6:15 pm
A Frenchman was kidnapped by an armed group in Algeria on Sunday, the French government said.
NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the man was captured just hours after the Islamic State called on its followers to launch attacks against French citizens.
Eleanor filed this report for our Newscast Unit:
"A video released by a little known Islamist splinter group called the Caliphate Soldiers, shows the Frenchman sitting between two armed men with covered faces. He gives his name and age. He says he's a mountain guide who was taken hostage on Sunday.
There's little to say about Billy Joe Shaver that hasn't already been said. But it might be worth noting this, from Mountain Stage host Larry Groce: "Billy Joe Shaver has actually lived the life that many in modern country music only sing about."
Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 12:05 am
Anticipation is building in India over its rendezvous with Mars.
NASA erupted into cheers after confirmation Sunday night that its space probe MAVEN injected into the Martian orbit. NASA's success came two days ahead of a critical engine burn designed to place an Indian spacecraft around the Red Planet, in a project dubbed MOM, Mars Orbiter Mission.