My freshman year in college, someone asked me my major. My immediate response was "Glee Club." At Yale, Glee Club is an extracurricular activity, but I continued to "major" in it all through college. The group celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and next weekend, decades' worth of Glee Club alumni will head to New Haven, Conn., for a reunion.
Abigail Washburn's second album, City of Refuge, almost never came to be. She'd never much seen herself as a musician, and after she finished her schooling in Colorado, she all but committed herself to a life practicing law in China.
Washburn says that, after a transformative six-month stay there, she returned home and packed her bags for a new life in Beijing.
The early 1960s brought an amazing array of young singers to New York City's Greenwich Village. Among the emerging stars of the folk revival were Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Ian & Sylvia. Small coffee houses such as Gerde's Folk City provided a forum for these young singers to try out their new material.
Bonny Wolf is author of Talking with My Mouth Full and editor of NPR's Kitchen Window.
Millions of pounds of chicken wings will be eaten at Super Bowl parties across the country Sunday. A lot of them probably will be made with a spicy sauce that threatens to push ketchup off the shelf: Sriracha.
The fictional forensic investigators in shows like CSI put old-time sleuths like Sherlock Holmes to shame. They can read a crime scene like it's a glossy magazine.
But Post Mortem, an investigation by NPR, PBS Frontline and ProPublica, has exposed how death investigation in America is nothing like what you see on TV. Many prosecutors complain that shows like CSI make their job harder, as jurors demand ultra-high-tech tests to convict suspects.