From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways. In this installment of NPR's "Parallel Lives" series, a look at one of those similarities: They both signed health care overhaul laws based on an individual mandate.
It's probably fair to say¬†there would be no WNCW¬†if not for the¬†creativity,¬†virtuosity, and¬†success¬†of this humble¬†gentleman from nearby Deep Gap, NC.¬†¬†The seamless blend of¬†folk, blues,¬†bluegrass,¬†and mountain music¬†that¬†is Doc Watson's trademark is¬†captured¬†on this 1991 album, in good company with Jack Lawrence, Jerry¬†Douglas, Sam Bush,¬†T. Michael Coleman, & others.¬†¬†
Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 5:11 pm
Becoming a rock star has major implications ‚ÄĒ just ask John Mayer. The singer-songwriter's personal history and relationships are all public knowledge, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. The attention in turn attracts trouble, but Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, tries to take it all in stride.
We've really enjoyed¬†following Asheville's Jonathan Scales since¬†he formed his¬†Fourchestra in '07.¬†¬†This ain't your¬†cruise ship's¬†steel pan sound:¬†picture Bela Fleck, Thelonious Monk,¬†or maybe even Mozart on¬†the Caribbean instruments,¬†with a great 3-piece band following his lead.¬† They play¬†Bristol,¬†Asheville, Charlotte, & Brevard this month.¬†¬†
Whether¬†jamming with Zero,¬†Bruce Hornsby, The Other Ones, Rhythm Devils, Ratdog, Phil¬†& Friends, or with his own band, guitarist Steve¬†Kimock¬†dials it in whenever he's on stage.¬†¬†His latest tour includes¬†giants Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess, and¬†Wally Ingram among others backing him¬†up.¬†¬†They¬†play Asheville's Grey Eagle Wednesday¬†night, and Kimock joins us in¬†Studio B¬†that afternoon with,¬†at the very least, his guitar.¬†¬†
In its periodic report on Iran's nuclear program, the United Nation's nuclear watchdog said it found traces of uranium enriched to a level higher than it had previously reported.
NPR's Mike Shuster filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"When International Atomic Energy Agency monitors carry out routine inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, they take environmental samples to help them determine the nature of uranium enrichment underway.
You know all those lawsuits now pending around the country charging that the Obama administration's rule requiring most health insurance plans to offer no-cost contraception is a violation of religious freedom?
Well, a whole bunch of supporters of the rule are chiming in now to say that argument has no legal merit.