Ann Powers will be in Austin, Texas, all this week for the South by Southwest music conference. Beginning Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET, click above to hear Ann's conversation with Morning Edition host Linda Wertheimer about the artists she's most excited to see. And head to NPR Music's SXSW page for our live webcast schedule, photos and Twitter updates.
America has apparently gone crazy for cooking. Reality shows from Cake Boss to the new America's Next Great Restaurant have helped convince many Americans that they, too, can open up their own bakery or restaurant.
They are streaming into culinary schools in growing numbers, many paying for their education with federal loans. Now those schools are under pressure to prove that students graduate with more than just a ton of debt.
Starting At The Bottom — And Staying There For A While
An evacuee is screened for radiation exposure at a testing center on Tuesday in Koriyama, Japan, after a nuclear power plant on the coast of the Fukushima prefecture was damaged by Friday's earthquake.
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Rescue workers carry a body from the rubble in Rikuzentakata, Iwata prefecture in northeastern Japan on Tuesday.
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Civil defense teams search for survivors in Otsuchi, Japan on Tuesday.
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Evacuees rest at a shelter in Yamada, Iwate prefecture, in northern Japan on Tuesday.
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A young girl looks out from a bus window as people rush to get out of the city in Yamagata northern Japan on Tuesday.
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Japanese military march during a search and rescue mission scouring the rubble of a village in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
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A boat lies in a street in Hishonomaki, Miyagi prefecture, washed inland by the recent tsunami.
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Evacuees exercise at a makeshift shelter in Minamisanriku, northern Japan.
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An evacuee is screened for radiation exposure at a testing center in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture.
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told people living up to 12 miles outside an exclusion zone around a quake-hit nuclear plant to stay indoors, as a fire sent radiation to dangerous levels.
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Rescue workers search for missing people at Minamisanriku town in Miyagi prefecture.
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A woman carrying a heat blanket leaves a radiation emergency scanning center in Koriyama in Japan.
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A stock price board in Tokyo reflects the market's plunge.
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The shelves of a convenience store are empty in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, northern Japan.
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Cars drive through the ruins of the leveled city of Minamisanriku, northeastern Japan on Tuesday.
After another explosion and fire was reported at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan's prime minister announced in a televised address that those living within about a 20-mile radius of the nuclear complex should stay inside their homes.
But many people did the exact opposite. Some packed their cars, others got into buses — and residents simply headed west.
At Curry House, just off a main road in Koriyama, most of the items on the menu had been crossed off with a blue marker — showing what you couldn't get. Only two dishes were available because of food shortages.
With Republicans on Capitol Hill still trying every legislative manuever they can think of to undo last year's health law, it was probably only a matter of time before Democrats tried a gambit of their own.
Now a House bill being pushed by Democrats would require Republicans to publicly state whether or not they are accepting taxpayer-subsidized health benefits under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.