Sat July 20, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Whither The American Farmer?

Bob Hawthorn, 84, farms in western Iowa and represents a larger demographic shift. He and his fellow farmers are aging out of the industry, with fewer young people to fill the ranks.
Credit Ray Meints / NET News

The American farmer is getting older. Census data shows the average age is 57, a number likely to climb even higher when a new census comes out in 2014.

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Sat July 20, 2013
marc on the blues

Elmore James Was The Prototype Electric Slide Guitarist

Tomato Records

Once you’ve heard Elmore James sing and play you’ll know that sound every time you hear it. His voice and guitar style are as instantly recognizable as B. B. King, Muddy Waters or Howlin’ Wolf.

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Fri July 19, 2013
Code Switch

Two Tales Of Profiling, From The Highest Offices In The Land

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:45 pm

President Obama, left, and Attorney General Eric Holder are silhouetted as they atend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill on May 15. In recent days, both Holder and now Obama have talked openly about their experiences as black men in America.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP


Fri July 19, 2013
The Two-Way

UPDATE: 'Grandma Drummer' Revealed

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:41 am

"Grandma Drummer" in action.
Coalition Drum Shop video

The staff at Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse, Wis., knows her as "Mary."

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Fri July 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago'

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:15 pm

President Obama at the White House on Friday, as he spoke about the death of Trayvon Martin and the national discussion that the case has generated.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son," President Obama told reporters Friday afternoon. "Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

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