Stories for February 8, 2013
Jeremy Irons (who stars as Henry IV in the upcoming new GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation) uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s “history plays,” from the facts of English history to the father-son drama that Shakespeare created. He discloses what Shakespeare’s sources were — and how he distorted them. He invites the viewer behind the scenes at the filming of some of the most important sequences in the new GREAT PERFORMANCES adaptations of both plays, starring Irons, with Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal.
This groundbreaking special reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of Earth. Produced in consultation with NASA scientists, “Earth From Space” takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustain life on earth. See the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.
For thousands of years, wolves hunted buffalo across the vast North American plains, until the westward settlement of the continent saw the virtual extinction of these vast herds and their eternal predators. However, this ancient relationship was not lost altogether and continues uninterrupted in only one location — the northern edge of Canada’s central plains in a place named Wood Buffalo National Park. Today, the descendants of those ancient buffalo and wolves still engage in the epic life-and-death dramas across this northern land. Their story is captured in thrilling cinematic glory by a lone filmmaker who has followed them for more than 20 years.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Padres will hold their annual FanFest today at Petco Park, giving fans the opportunity to meet players, manager Bud Black and the team's new owners; run the bases, participate in clinics, tour clubhouses and purchase tickets.
Lack of water supply isn't just an issue in hot spots like Texas, Colorado and the Mississippi; it has also become a problem in the Northeast, where rivers are drying out in the summers and infrastructure developments are competing more for resources.
Some observers are wondering why American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-inspired superPAC, would bother to run a political attack ad against Hollywood star Ashley Judd, an outspoken supporter of President Obama who has said she's mulling a 2014 run against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Yeast can be pretty demanding little buggers, despite being unicellular microscopic organisms. Brewers know they must appease them to get the beer they want.
Can you really be afraid of a storm with the same name as a cartoon fish with a bum fin?
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The replacement "kiss'' statue, the sculptured replica of an iconic photograph of a sailor and nurse smooching at the end of World War II, is scheduled to arrive at the San Diego waterfront Monday, three days earlier than first expected, according to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.
Fiona Bruce and the team continue their tour in search of treasures. This week they disembark at the Steam Museum in Swindon where objects attracting the expert eye include one of the rarest pieces of silver even seen on the show, a valuable painting once destined for a skip, and a small ring holds a big surprise for one owner.
The Obama administration faces tricky political and legal questions on the subject of gay marriage. By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file not just one but two briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who has been the driving force behind the creation of a state-based exchange, got his answer from the feds: Sure can't.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought deep snow to San Diego County mountains early today and a light dusting to the upper deserts and inland valleys.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Strong winds were expected to buffet the valleys and mountains of San Diego County today.
Congress likes to say it no longer does earmarks, the provisions that direct federal dollars to serve local interests or campaign supporters. And though that may be true, it's also a fact that targeted provisions are still useful in moving legislation -- even critical legislation like the bill that pulled Washington back from the fiscal cliff last month.
More than 200 houses of worship damaged in Superstorm Sandy have applied for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But given the separation of church and state, it's unclear whether federal funds are available to them.
When the Morning Edition team arrived in Puerto Rico to report our series on the island's difficult situation, one of the first things we noticed was, strangely enough, the sound of the coquis -- tiny frogs whose mating chant goes on throughout the night.
Fifty years ago this Saturday, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy went for a walk -- a 50-mile walk, to be exact -- trudging through snow and slush from just outside Washington, D.C., all the way to Harper's Ferry, W.Va.