We're visiting bookstores around the country this month to find out what people are picking for their summer reads. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Francoise Paheau, owner of Garcia Street Books, about what her customers are reading this summer.
Rick Beyer's The Greatest Stories Never Told, published a few years ago, included 100 stories about little-known historical events. What it lacked, though, was music. So Beyer is back with a new book, The Greatest Music Stories Never Told, which chronicles the sometimes odd histories and origins of musicians and traditional songs. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks to Beyer about his book.
A drought has led to widespread hunger in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and especially Somalia. The UN has said 10 million people face severe food shortages in the region. But politics have kept food aid from reaching the hungry. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks about the challenge with Mercy Corps Co-Director of Policy and Advocacy Jeremy Konyndyk.
The Syrian government is hoping to launch a national dialogue Sunday to chart a path of reforms and bring an end to some four months of anti-government protests. But the meeting's credibility is on the line. Opposition to the meeting comes from street protesters and from Syria's traditional opposition figures. They are boycotting the meeting. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets an update on the talks from NPR's Deborah Amos.
Fierce fighting in the western mountains of Libya has turned at least half a dozen villages into ghost towns. Some have been emptied by Moammar Gadhafi's forces, others have faced rebel retribution for being perceived as loyalists. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.