One of Charlotte's latest sounds is the funk/jazz/rock combo Funk Rush, who live their motto of "Jazz is the teacher, Funk is the preacher!" Scott Newell-guitar, Reggie Dennis-bass, Donte Forsythe-drums, Robert Beasley-percussion. They play Greenville Thursday night after their live radio debut on WNCW.
Mark Knopfler is featured prominently in our programming this week: We celebrate his birthday Monday night with Dire Straits' 1979 release, in which the band's strong influence of the late J.J. Cale's sound features prominently. Then this Wednesday it's his new release Privateering for New Tunes at 2, which will finally be released here in the U.S. on September 10th!
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Arguing that it is "well past time to address persistent needs and unwarranted disparities," Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday laid out more of the Obama administration's thinking on changes it wants to make to the way nonviolent offenders are prosecuted and how they are punished.
"Our system is in too many ways broken," Holder told the American Bar Association at its annual meeting in San Francisco. "The course we are on is far from sustainable."
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. It's a truism that people say what they really mean, talking politics with a cabby. This summer, some taxi riders in Oslo got a surprise when they discovered Norway's prime minister behind the wheel. It was part of his reelection campaign, recorded on a video just released. Besides politics, he got an earful on his not so great driving, prompting him to concede the country is better off with him in high office than driving a cab. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
You know that feeling of relief when someone let's you borrow their phone charger? Well, a couple artists think that sense of emotion could save us. They helped design a new satellite to look like a giant gadget charger. There's an inscription: Greetings Beleaguered Space Traveler. Welcome to the Universe's First Celestial Charging Station. One designer said he hopes this will make invaders stop and say: These guys are nice - we're not going to destroy their planet.
Though he is a singer/songwriter and a wonderful guitar luthier, Guy Clark might best be compared to a wood carver, the way he whittles the lyrics of his songs down to the bare essentials of what is needed to tell the story with the most detail and clarity possible. The West Texas artist is certainly one of WNCW's favorites, and his brand new release, in large part a moving tribute to his late wife, is getting terrific accolades from all corners of the Americana world. We'll feature it for you throughout this Thursday night.
Each month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities at member stations across the country to tell us about a song they can't get enough of. At member station WEXT, Ernesto Lechner is the co-host of the weekly music program, The Latin Alternative. His choice for August's installment of "Heavy Rotation" is "Lluvia Con Sol" by Orquesta el Macabeo.
Jason Dufner has won this year's PGA championship. The 36-year-old is known for, shall we say, his nonchalance, but he managed a double fist pump after clenching the victory. There are a few more tournaments left this year but this was the last major. And NPR's Mike Pesca is with us to talk about the year in golf. Hey, Mike.
MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.
GREENE: So let's start with this weekend's tournament. How did Jason Dufner pull this off?