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Vera Farmiga as Corinne Walker in the film Higher Ground, which Farmiga also directed.
Vera Farmiga isn't one to shy away from a challenge. Her new film, Higher Ground, goes to risky territory. Farmiga stars as Corinne Walker, an evangelical woman struggling to deal with the faith that has let her down. And she takes on a second role, as a first-time director.
Imelda May is an Irish singer whose music straddles the line between rockabilly and blues. That's an intriguing mix, though not the most natural fit for mainstream radio. May says that when she began her recording career, the advice she received was less than encouraging.
Hurricane Irene has spent the day churning toward the United States. While the eye of the storm is far offshore, rain bands from the tropical system are already lashing the Carolinas. NPR's Greg Allen speaks with Melissa Block with the latest from Virginia.
Even though the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., has been postponed, King's fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha held its own special ceremonies Friday. The organization spent decades on the effort, partly because King was an Alpha himself.