You may remember the type: Laid-back in an easy chair, soaking in Rachmaninoff, Reinhardt or the Rolling Stones, enveloped by the very best, primo, top-of-the-line stereo equipment an aficionado could afford.
In robot-like, 1980s cadence, the audiophile could rattle off favorite components, which might include an all-tube Premier One power amp by conrad-johnson, a Sota Sapphire turntable, an Ortofon MC-2000 cartridge and a pair of Magneplanar speakers.
The protests in Wisconsin may be a big turning point for organized labor in America. It's not yet clear whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plan to end state workers' collective bargaining power will destroy the unions in his state or whether it will actually re-energize them — both in Wisconsin and nationally.
What is clear is that we're all spectators in a pretty significant chapter of history: the history of organized labor in America.
And recently, we went to a place that can probably be described as a kind of Bastille or Lexington and Concord of that history.
Every March, the beautiful people like Madonna and Diddy and Karl Lagerfeld head down to Miami to join the the gods of electronic dance music. There, they float in and out of dance clubs to hear some of the best DJs in the world practice their trade.
Revolutions in the Middle East have inspired many comparisons, but they may look more like the European revolutions of 1848. As University of Missouri professor Jonathan Sperber tells Guy Raz, 1848 — like the modern Middle East — saw a wave of working-class uprisings spurred by frustration with entrenched dictators, high food prices and a citizenry with new access to information.
There are reports of fresh fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi on Libya's Mediterranean coast. One of the latest battlefields is the oil port of Ras Lanuf. It was initially seized by rebels after the uprising in mid-February, but then recaptured by Gadhafi loyalists. Now the rebels are back and battling for control.