Fifty-five boys — all poor and almost all African-American — were a part of a bold educational experiment in the early 1960s. They were placed in an intensive summer school program. If they finished, the headmasters of 16 prep schools agreed to accept them. Tuition paid.
Planning for that experiment started in 1963 at the height of the civil rights movement, one year before President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his "War on Poverty." Today, what began with 55 students and 16 schools has become an institution celebrating its 50th anniversary. It's called "A Better Chance."
Sen. Frank Lautenberg was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. There was a steady rain. Soldiers fired rifle volleys, a bugler played taps and mourners paid their final respects.
The New Jersey Democrat was 89 when he died this week — and his death marked a somber milestone.
For the first time since the end of World War II, there are no veterans of that war in the U.S. Senate. Lautenberg had been the only one remaining.
Cambodian lawmakers on Friday approved a bill making it a crime to deny that atrocities were committed by the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s, echoing laws against Holocaust denial in Germany and more than a dozen other European countries.
The bill passed the assembly in Phnom Penh by a unanimous vote, but only because of the absence of opposition parliamentarians, who were expelled after forming a new party.
All this week on Code Switch and on air we've been digging into the findings of a survey of African-American views of their communities, finances and social lives. We conducted the poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
It's the soundtrack to a flatpicker's heaven on Monday night, when we spin this 1987 gem that features 14 tunes from two of the best. Norman's traditional stylings mesh with Tony's explosive rhythm and runs on this collection of traditional tunes, Blake originals, and covers of the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and Gordon Lightfoot (who'll be performing in Asheville 6/16!) Celebrate Tony's 6/8 birthday and Norman's wife Nancy's 6/11 birthday with us this week!
Jason Isbell, formerly with his band The 400 Unit and the Drive-By Truckers before that, has a new solo release that is more intimate and emotionally revealing than his previous works. Released on Tuesday the 11th, it captures the 34-year-old's head and heart during a time of significant transitions, including his recent marriage to fiddler/singer Amanda Shires. Says Isbell, "If you’re honest enough with your audience over the years, you’ll see that the audience feels very similar to you.
The fear of something like a major oil spill in environmentally sensitive waters comes as the number of vessels plying the world's oceans has risen 20 percent in the past 15 years, from 85,000 to 105,000, the report, released on World Oceans Day, says.