A former longtime employee of the National Archives pleaded guilty this week to stealing almost a thousand audio recordings belonging to the federal government. The stolen goods range from radio episodes of Dragnet and Gunsmoke to a 1937 recording of Babe Ruth hunting. Host Audie Cornish has the story.
The song that made pianist Roger Williams famous was "Autumn Leaves." It was No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart for four weeks in 1955, the only piano instrumental in history to reach that spot. Host Audie Cornish has a remembrance of Williams, who died on Saturday.
The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.
George Clooney directs and stars in the movie, The Ides of March, as a Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination. His campaign, however, is really a backdrop for power plays and infighting among the campaign staff. Host Audie Cornish speaks to screenwriter Grant Heslov, who co-wrote the film with Clooney and says they took their inspiration from real-life political deals and personalities.
AUDIE CORNISH, host: In war, still photography can't always capture what people are seeing and hearing on the ground. That's something Danfung Dennis realized while working as a war photographer embedded with Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, he outfitted his camera with stereo sound equipment, and he made the documentary "Hell and Back Again." It took the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
The innovative way this photojournalist turned filmmaker uses sound, makes "Hell and Back Again" stand out, as Noah Nelson reports.