Protests continue in Bahrain, where the government is allowing protests near, but not in, the main square in the capital of Manama. The opposition protesters are demanding entrance to the square to continue their call for the toppling of the U.S.-backed monarchy. NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Bahrain and speaks with host Scott Simon to give the latest updates on the protest.
When Pierre Bensusan sat down to write and record his latest album, Vividly, the project needed to come to him organically. Taking his time, Bensusan says, he'd spent five years fighting the music in his head before making his 10th studio album.
"It was not a project I was aware of beforehand," he tells Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon. "All the tunes were saying, 'Play me! Play me! No, me first! Me first!' And I said, 'Wait a minute. I hear you, but I'm going to take my time.' "
A few months ago, Nathan Schram, a 23-year-old viola player, was teaching violin to elementary school kids in inner-city Brooklyn. He's a member of the Academy, a training program for young musicians, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. Now he's preparing for another facet of what the Academy has to offer.