Stories for May 3, 2013
The Kentucky Derby's 139th running is this weekend, and it will feature a sight that's been a rarity in the race for much of the past decade -- an African-American jockey.
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Fiona Bruce and the team visit the National History Museum of Wales at St. Fagans, just outside Cardiff. Amongst the objects catching the eye of the specialists are a collection of early dog collars, and a doll gifted by Queen Mary as a thank you after she took tea in a miners cottage. Plus, veteran ceramics specialist, Henry Sandon, reveals which one antique object he'd most wish to find.
A return visit to Saltaire, near Shipley in Yorkshire for Fiona Bruce and the team where one of the longest queues awaits the experts. Cameras focus in on a series of objects with famous connections including a lace fragment believed to have been part of a dress worn by Mary, Queen of Scots, Charles Dickens' inkwell, and a battered school book of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with handwritten notes by a young Diana Spencer. Meanwhile Fiona tries out a local curiosity as she climbs in to a "Wife Taming Cradle" from Victorian days.
The nation's unemployment rate hit a four-year low of 7.5 percent and the job market improved last month. Friday's news helped push the Dow Jones industrial average above 15,000 for the first time.
Actress Reese Witherspoon on Friday "pleaded no contest and paid a $100 fine [for] berating a state trooper in Atlanta while her husband was given a sobriety test," The Associated Press writes.
The jobs report for April showed some improvement -- but not much -- in the unemployment rate and the total number of unemployed workers.
Are you a teenager with a story to tell? NPR and Radio Diaries want to hear it. Write it down, photograph it (and record it if you want) and then submit it to the storytelling site Cowbird.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg explores 19th-century Sioux weapons with appraiser John Buxton at beautiful Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. Notable finds include a 1760s Chester County Pennsylvania spice chest; two sets of Frank Lloyd Wright blueprints; and a Favrile Fabrique Tiffany desk lamp valued at $4,000-$6,000.
Iowa's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state's health department must include the names of both same-sex spouses as parents on a child's birth certificate.
Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episodeUnstoppable Learning.