Maximina Hernandez says she begged her 23-year old son, Dionicio, to give up his job as a police officer in a suburb of Monterrey. Rival drug cartels have been battling in the northern Mexican city for years.
But he told her being a police officer was in his blood, a family tradition. He was detailed to guard the town's mayor.
Tina Brown, editor of the Daily Beast and Newsweek, joins NPR's Steve Inskeep again for an occasional feature Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth. She tells us what she's been reading and gives us recommendations.
This month, Brown sent three recommendations that all deal with the post-Sept. 11 world — stories of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the military and political issues that shape the Middle East and the world at large.
Picture Rick's smoky cafe in Casablanca, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.
Airs Wednesday, February 20 at 9 p.m. Jason Moran, the new Artistic Advisor for Jazz, ushers in his era at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, with his suite “Live:Time On the Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” offered by JazzSet for Black History Month. “Live:Time” was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of quilts made by a remarkable group of African-American women in a small rural community in Alabama.
The quilting tradition in Gee’s Bend dates back to pre-Civil War days, when slaves in the remote Alabama town began sewing strips of cloth together with whatever fabric they could find including burlap sacks and old work clothes, to make bedcovers to keep their families warm. It’s a unique style with bold geometric designs and colors, handed down from one generation to the next, from the hard years of tenant farming after the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. In the 1960s the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made a memorable visit in support of the isolated community, which sits on a peninsula in a deep bend of the Alabama River. It was that very isolation that made the quilt designs unique.
Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:34 am
An ear, unsurprisingly, is difficult to make from scratch. Ear cartilage is uniquely flexible and strong and has been impossible for scientists to reproduce with synthetic prostheses.
If a child is born without one, doctors typically carve a replacement ear out of rib cartilage, but it lacks the wonderfully firm yet springy qualities of the original ear. And it often doesn't look so good.
Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 1:05 pm
A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that tomatoes grown on organic farms were about 40 percent smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes. The upside? They pack more of a nutritional punch. The researchers found the organic tomatoes had significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene.