For the past five weeks we've been reading the jokes embedded in nearly 4,000 original stories that were submitted to this round of our short-story contest, Three-Minute Fiction, here on Weekends on All Things Considered.
The challenge for Round 6 of the contest was to have one character tell a joke and one character cry. That challenge came from our judge for this round, novelist and short-story writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continues to cling to power in Tripoli, but outside the capital the people have moved on. More than a week after protestors took control of the city of Tobruk, they're continuing to assemble in the main square and are calling for him to go. His forces appear to have no control.
The scene in Tripoli on Saturday featured mass evacuations at the airport and pro-Gadhafi demonstrations at the city's Green Square. As parts of the country fall to the opposition, Libya's capital is now seen as Moammar Gadhafi's last stand. Host Guy Raz speaks with Martin Fletcher of The Times of London, who is one of the few western reporters to make it into Tripoli.
Sometimes, news flashes by so quickly that we don't recognize real history.
Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday. Any name that isn't Daley in that office ranks as history, though with Bill Daley becoming White House chief of staff just as his brother, Richard M. Daley, leaves City Hall, the Daley name will stay at least as prominent in the news as Charlie Sheen's.
The Academy Award show is Sunday night, and excitement is growing over what celebrities will wear, what they will say, and who will be the big winners. In addition, we can expect to hear some musical performances by Mandy Moore, Randy Newman and Gwyneth Paltrow (yes, she's singing).
But there is one group performing you probably don't know: The PS22 Chorus, a fifth grade glee club from Staten Island.