Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole performs on today's World Cafe.
Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. With his band, The Commotions, he made an album now heralded as a classic of the U.K. post-punk era, 1984's Rattlesnakes.
Cole subsequently moved to the U.S., and has released a steady stream of records since the 1980s. To release his latest album, Broken Record, Cole reached out to his fans and funded the record entirely through pre-sales.
Americans are evidently responding to President Obama's request Monday evening that they contact their lawmakers.
Congress' phone lines and web sites were jammed Tuesday, becoming unavailable for many who tried to communicate with Capitol Hill.
Congress' call center sent the following email across Capitol Hill:
Due to the high volume of external calls, House telephone circuits serving 202-225-XXXX phone numbers are near capacity resulting in outside callers occasionally getting busy signals. Outbound calls are unaffected.
Lucy Magnum, 6, had the bad fortune of being attacked by a shark at North Carolina beach. Her story is a lot like what we've heard in the past: She was in shallow water when a shark came out of nowhere and took a bite out of her leg. She's fine, but she had 90 percent muscle and tendon tear and it'll take physical therapy before she's running around again.
What struck us about her story, though, is what her parents said the 6-year-old said about the shark that attacked her.
Many people pay to own a piece of history. Chunks of the Berlin Wall, for example, were sold in department stores. Soon you could buy a piece of non-history. In 2009, a couple claimed that a six-year-old boy had gone up with a weather balloon, prompting frantic rescue efforts. Turns out there was no boy onboard. It was a hoax. But a Colorado man paid $2,500 dollars for that balloon at auction. In a few months, he'll chop it up and sell off the pieces.