Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 5:00 am
Various versions of the traditional ballad "Midnight Special" track a train that ran on the Illinois Central line from Mississippi to Chicago — an apt allegory for much of 20th-century American folk music, traced in the long path of "Midnight Special" from Deep South musical pre-history to the singularly personal rendition by late country crooner Merle Travis.
Two policemen guard outside the US Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The 26 states challenging the law argue that the Act must be completely repealed.
Twenty-six attorney generals, who are the plaintiffs of the lawsuit against the healthcare reform, leave the U.S. Supreme Court March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The high court heard three days of argument on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:33 am
Singer-songwriter Kenny White kicks off this edition of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A gifted pianist and soulful singer, White spent years in New York City recording studios, where he wrote and produced countless television and radio commercials.
A volunteer feeds one of the dogs rescued from slaughter last December in a stand-off between animal rights activists and dog-meat sellers in central China. Such rescues have been taking place with some regularity in China.
Credit Pingan Afu Animal Shelter
Animal activists surround a truck taking dogs to slaughter last December in Central China's Jiangsu Province. The activists ultimately paid about $8,000 to rescue the dogs.
Credit Frank Langfitt / NPR
The Pingan Afu animal shelter, in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, is home to about 1,800 stray and rescued dogs.