What's on This Week

08.23.2015
Wallace Stegner put it this way. “National Parks are the best idea we ever had.”  This weekend, the National Park Service celebrates its birthday by making the parks free for a...
11.30.2014
(was 08.23.2015)
How do we mark death and celebrate lost lives around the globe? In this hour, we hear stories from inside the funeral industry, wonder why dead bodies can compel or repel us, and...

On Our Minds

Earlier this week, more than 10,000 cat fanciers -- many dressed as felines -- packed into St. Paul's CHS Field for the fourth annual Internet Cat Video Festival. We here at...
"The Kingston Springs Suite" album cover
On our minds this week is the story of a long-lost country music album that's just been released 40 years after it was recorded.  Country musicians Vince Matthews and Jim...
E.L. Doctorow, celebrated author of inventive, historical fiction, passed away yesterday in Manhattan from complications from lung cancer. He was 84. Throughout his career,...
“The Unraveling of Mercy Louis" tells the fascinating story of a community that’s nearly torn apart following a fatal discovery. Set in a small Texas refinery town where the...
Some 58 years after it was initially submitted to her literary agent, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was released today. It has been a circuitous route to publication, to say...

Facing His Future [Slideshow]

Phil Toledano was worried about the future. So he decided to look it in the face. He took a DNA test and hired a special effects makeup artist to help him become different versions of his future self. Then he staged photos. Here's what he saw.