Back in 2002, Iron and Wine made delicate, tender home recordings that brought legions of fans to the band. But in those days, it wasn't much of a band at all: Iron and Wine was a man named Sam Beam, alone with his guitar.
Now, nearly a decade after its debut, the band has undergone a series of transformations. The latest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, showcases a whole new Iron and Wine.
Last year was momentous for the Metropolitan Opera's radio broadcasts. On Dec. 18, the broadcasts launched their 80th season, making them part of the longest-running classical-music program in the U.S. And 2010 also marked the centennial of the first time an opera was broadcast from the Met's stage.
The marriage of opera and broadcasting began on Jan. 13, 1910, at the Metropolitan Opera. It was an experimental broadcast, a decade before the appearance of the first radio stations in the U.S. Mark Shubin is the Met's unofficial media historian.
With the return of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to Haiti this week, and the political chaos stemming from disputed elections, President Rene Preval is under increasing pressure.
Marred by allegations of widespread fraud and voter intimidation, the second round of presidential elections has been indefinitely postponed. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. told Preval to sponsor a credible election or risk losing international support.
This week's episode focuses on President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address, new RNC chair Reince Priebus, three Senate retirements (Kay Bailey Hutchison, of Texas, Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut) and the passing of Sargent Shriver.