Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel has had a solid 9-year career and is expected to play a key role in Super Bowl 45. But, as host Scott Simon reports, Keisel will be best remembered for his beard.
As one of the finest classical actors of his generation, Brian Bedford has donned all manner of period costumes. These days he's wearing ladies' stockings — along with Victorian dresses and some outrageous hats — as the imperious Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest. The show is back on Broadway through July 3, in a production that Bedford directed as well.
In Hannah Pittard's first novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way, a 16-year-old girl named Nora Lindell inexplicably disappears one day. Left in her wake are the neighborhood kids, who become entranced by the possibilities of what happened to her. A group of teenage boys become the most fascinated with Nora, and their years spent wondering eventually crafts them into remarkable characters.
Only about 30 percent of all U.S. citizens have passports. Sixty percent of Canadians, and 75 percent of Britons, do.
The U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism said this week that U.S. citizens made 61.5 million trips outside the country in 2009. Bruce Bommarito, chief operating officer of the U.S. Travel Association, says that's low for a country where so many people have the means to travel, and concludes, "Americans are comfortable in their own environment."