Stories for July 4, 2013
Some famous writers, painters and musicians have done some of their best work in their later years -- impressionist Claude Monet, for one. But at the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony, older people are proving that you don't have to be famous -- or even a professional artist -- to live a creatively fulfilling life in old age.
Dr. Linda Smith walks into a room at Providence Alaska Medical Center, ready with a stethoscope and a huge grin. She teases her patient, Dawn Dillard, saying that her spiky hair recently resembled a "faux hawk."
The good news from the National Weather Service:
It's an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.
It's an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.
The Fourth of July show will go on as usual tonight in Boston. For the 40th year in a row, the Boston Pops will perform along the banks of the Charles River as fireworks burst overhead.
After a day's worth of heavy news from Egypt, let's take a quick break with something completely different.
We often celebrate Independence Day with backyard barbecues and fireworks, forgetting the document that started this whole country: the Declaration of Independence.
All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic shifts that could shake up Texas politics in the coming years -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.