Tom Keithdied last week, and was the sound effects man for A Prairie Home Companion. His fellow sound man, Fred Newman, says Tom kept a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and could make the perfect footsteps, faltering or robust.
The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky almost caused a riot when it was first seen 100 years ago. Today it has become a classic and is being celebrated on its centenary- yet eyebrows can still be raised when a puppeteer stages his version. That production premieres today.
David Lowery is more comfortable on a stage than in a combat zone. But the lead singer of the rock band Cracker left comfort behind recently to play for the troops serving in Iraq. The singer is personally against the war. But one of his songs, Yalla Yalla, became a hit with soldiers.
If you were at the airport this week, chances are you had a suitcase with little wheels on it. Dick’s guest, Bernard Sadow, is the man who began a revolution. He was the first to put wheels on luggage.
Vimala Rajendran is emerging from this recession just fine. She's just opened her own business, a restaurant called Vimala’s Curryblossom Café. And she did it without having to borrow from one of the big banks. Instead, she accepted dozens of tiny loans from people in her North Carolina home who believed in her. Also in this show: two sides of California's water fight.
We put out the call to listeners to hear stories of what's working in the economy, and one listener wrote to tell us about an innovative urban beekeeping operation. Brenda Palms Barber and Kelvin Greenwood share their story.
In the late 1980s, Dave Iannarone had a sweet job at Citibank, but when the Savings and Loan crisis hit, he left that job to join the Resolution Trust Corporation - the government agency formed to deal with the failed banks.
Anna Bliss and Linda Lehmann both lost their jobs last year. They went to unemployment support groups but found the groups to be all about networking, not helping one another get through the anxiety and sadness of being jobless.
So started the Dung Sisters—a small group of unemployed women who meet weekly to share their highs and lows as they try to lift themselves out of unemployment.