The high-school prom is a costly American rite of passage. Most kids consider it a must, but prom is out of reach for many students from poor families. Recently, the Assistance League of Los Angeles held its annual prom dress giveaway, a reward to girls from poor or homeless families for their high academic achievement despite the odds. It's not the apex of their lives; it's a payoff for their hard work and a gentle encouragement to stick to their goals. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates attended the giveaway.
He's listed officially at 6 feet, but hardly anyone believes it. What's undisputable is that J.J. Barea, the diminutive point guard of the Dallas Mavericks, is tearing up the NBA playoffs. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.
The revelation this week by the president and CEO of the Phoenix Suns that he is gay comes in the midst of what seems to be a movement in pro sports to confront homophobia head-on. Remarks that were often dismissed as the kind of trash talk that's acceptable in sports are being challenged by a few of the stars on the court. Host Scott Simon talks with Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns, who has joined a campaign to fight homophobia in sports.
A rich, new production of Follies has opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with the original orchestrations. Bernadette Peters is playing the lead, and when she sings 'Broadway Baby,' it could be a kind of anthem. Host Scott Simon speaks with Peters about her new role in Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical.
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.