All Things Considered book critic Alan Cheuse has spent more than two decades reviewing other people's work. Now, he's putting himself under the critical microscope with a new novel, Song of Slaves in the Desert.
It's the story — two intertwined stories, really — of a slave-owning Jewish family in South Carolina before the Civil War and a slave girl growing up on their rice plantation.
Some jittery Memphis residents began abandoning low-lying homes as the dangerously surging Mississippi River threatened to crest in coming days just shy of a 48.7-foot record of a devastating 1937 flood.
Meteorologist Rich Okulski says the good news is there is no significant rain in the forecast.
"Right now, the weather is looking in our favor for throughout the next week," he said.
Betty White has been on television — in her words — "forever." Her new memoir, If You Ask Me, focuses on the past 15 years of her life and career.
Far from slowing down, that career has been skyrocketing as a new generation gets to know her style of humor. White tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen that her latest fans are probably a product of just being around for so darn long.
Oil prices have taken a dive and the demand for gasoline in the U.S. is down, but in the long-term, it sounds like higher prices are here to stay. What's the tipping point where we'll see a significant change in consumer behavior? Host Liane Hansen talks with Phil Flynn, an energy analyst with PFGBEST about the economic impact of high gas prices.