More than 450 business leaders sent a letter to President Obama and Congress this week urging them to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling. Robert Siegel speaks with Jay Washburn, the owner and CEO of a small business in Boise, Idaho — the Dixon Container Co. — about why he signed the letter.
It's hot across the Midwest, South and Southwest United States. Really hot. If temperatures aren't in the triple digits, the heat index is. From Florida to Arizona, people are sweating it out. Mose Buchele of member station KUT
Known by some as "America's Nile," the Colorado River stretches about 1,450 miles across seven states and two countries — and photographer Peter McBride has traveled the entire thing, shooting photos for his new book, The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict.
McBride explains the conflict in an interview with All Things Considered host Michele Norris. The delta, which was once a vast, lush ecosystem, has all but dried up. "It shows what happens when you ask too much of a limited resource: It disappears," he says.
The monsoonal flow has brought with it unwanted hail. Gardeners battle all sorts of conditions in an effort to get things to grow. And then a hailstorm can blow through reducing the whole garden to mush.
Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 12:48 pm
Austin's critically acclaimed band Okkervil River seem to outdo itself with each new release. The group's grand, emotionally gripping arrangements and witty, literate lyrics have earned comparisons to rock 'n' roll greats like Elvis Costello, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen.
In a reversal, Rupert Murdoch and his son James said they would testify before a British Parliamentary panel next week. The panel is looking into the phone hacking scandal that has the Murdoch media empire in disarray.