The grisly discovery of a dead body stuffed in a 35-gallon drum full of asphalt and dumped at a landfill next to North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway kicks off Kathy Reichs' new novel, Flash and Bones.
Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, is the author of the books that inspired the Fox TV series Bones. Her latest sends her heroine, medical examiner Temperance Brennan, on a journey through the underbelly of Charlotte's NASCAR racing scene.
Hurricane Irene touched down in North Carolina on Saturday morning and has been making its way up the coast. Host Laura Sullivan speaks with NPR's Greg Allen from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and NPR's Nate Rott from Maryland's Eastern Shore.
This week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke slammed political gamesmanship and one Republican on the congressional supercommittee suggested that tax breaks on everyday Americans could be allowed to lapse. Host Laura Sullivan speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about these stories and others.
"I can't make you ... I'm not going to arrest you."
But please, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) just told 600 senior citizens who live in Atlantic City: Let the state evacuate you before Hurricane Irene slams into the high-rise buildings where you live.
The residents have so far refused to leave.
Christie said the state is going to send buses to the seniors' buildings in the hopes they can be convinced to go to inland shelters.
"Let us walk you downstairs and put you on those buses," he added.