The landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act has been the law of the land for nearly half a century, removing barriers for generations of black voters in the South. But one of its key provisions still sparks controversy.
It's nice to discover a new voice on your own, but it's just as nice when it comes recommended from someone you trust. That's how Y La Bamba came my way: Los Lobos sax man and producer Steve Berlin slipped one of the band's CDs into my hand and said, "Listen to this voice." I'm glad he did, because I instantly became captivated by the sound of singer Luzelena Mendoza.
Austin, TX neo-psychedelic band the Black Angels perform live on today's World Cafe.
Austin neo-psychedelic band The Black Angels took its name from the Velvet Underground classic "The Black Angels Death Song." While the group's sultry, reverb-laden grooves draw on the Velvets' pioneering experimental rock, it also pays homage to Austin's own rich history of psychedelic music, dating to the mid-'60s with Roky Erickson and his band the 13th Floor Elevators.
After a last-minute delay, it looks like the execution of Andrew Grant DeYoung will be videotaped tonight. Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court decided not to overturn a lower court's decision to allow the first videotaping of an execution since 1992.
But the state Department of Corrections delayed the execution for 24 hours. DeYoung, who was found guilty of killing his parents and his sister, is now scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET tonight.
The "Gang of Six" bipartisan plan has emerged as a possible framework for a deficit-reduction deal because it has "Republican senators acknowledging that revenues need to be part of a balanced package and you had Democratic senators acknowledge that we're going to have to make some difficult spending cuts," President Obama told NPR this afternoon.