Most of the men in Roddy Doyle's new collection of short stories are lads. They're Irish guys who lift a pint, tell jokes, and watch football in packs, as they did when they were in their late teens. And yet, they're men confronting all the issues of middle-age - hair where they don't want it, children who leave home, wives who've heard all of their jokes, and the mounting realization that some things they'll just never get around to.
The newly founded Egyptian news channel 25TV broadcasts on their website, 25online.tv. In this image from a show called Hashtag, the host discusses the Twitter hashtag #FreeTarekShalaby, which began after Shalaby, an Egyptian activist, was arrested during protests outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. He was later released.
The revolution in Egypt can be seen now on the country's satellite television network in the form of a 24-hour news and entertainment channel. 25TV's programming is not always polished, but it is honest and uncensored — at least most of the time.
Its approach to coverage is unique in a country where the government has strictly controlled the news for decades. In fact, staffers joke that their goal is to do all the stories that Egyptian state television won't touch.
And while Egyptian television hosts are usually quite suave, 25TV's Seif Khirfan is not.
A recent view of Earth from the International Space Station.
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Endeavor shuttle commander Mark Kelly and Expedition 27 flight engineer Cady Coleman speak with Weekend Edition host Scott Simon (not pictured) from aboard the International Space Station.
The space shuttle Endeavour launched its final mission this week, a 16-day mission at the International Space Station. It's the second-to-last mission scheduled for the space shuttle program before it comes to an end later this year.
This trip has added significance for shuttle commander Mark Kelly. His wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is continuing her recovery from a gunshot wound received in an attack in January. She traveled to Florida to watch the launch before returning to Houston for more surgery.
Brooke Gladstone has served as senior editor for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and All Things Considered. She is currently host and managing editor of NPR and WNYC's On The Media.
Once a week, journalist Brooke Gladstone can be heard reporting on the state of journalism on her radio show, On The Media. Now, the former Weekend Edition editor has a book out that asks difficult questions about the future of journalism, and then literally draws the answers out for you.
The finish line and grandstand at Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness. The track has had trouble competing with rival tracks that offer other gambling options, such as slot machines.
Races between thoroughbred horses have been held in the United States since the 1600s. With the second jewel in the Triple Crown series – The Preakness – set to run Saturday, its host racetrack is struggling to balance its books.
A 2005 study says that racing directly impacts the U.S. economy to the tune of $10.6 billion a year. And yet, there's been hand-wringing in Maryland, which hosts the Preakness, over whether an industry that's been losing millions of dollars a year can survive.