This is another in our series of favorite stories, and it comes from our partnership with Salon.com. When Michael Humphrey was growing up, he would sometimes hear his father telling strangers a story about how the Beatles stole the composition for “Lady Madonna” from him. Eventually, he looked into his father’s story himself.
Mary D. Williams is afraid that traditional black gospel music is disappearing. She grew up loving her father's singing and the performances he gave with his gospel group "The Dependable Quintet." But Mary didn't know she had the same gift until she was 13. She's now teaching students how to feel the power of traditional gospel music through the hymns she knew as a child.
Alicia Partnoy, who was held in a secret prison in Argentina, speaks to Sean Cole about the place called the Little School. The naming of the Buenos Aires cardinal as pope has brought up memories of the country’s Dirty War, during which thousands of citizens were kidnapped and killed.