If there was a recipe for the best-selling writer Rick Riordan, it would go something like this — start with a love of storytelling, fold in more than a decade of teaching middle school English, combine that with two sons of his own who don't quite share their dad's love of literature, and marinate all of that with a deep passion for mythology.
Riordan has sold tens of millions of kids' books. He hit pay dirt with the Percy Jackson series — it's about an everyday kid who has superhero powers because he's the secret son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.
The bare facts of Homeboy Sandman's back story don't sound very hip-hop: prep school in New Hampshire, Ivy League B.A., even some pieces for The Huffington Post. But, as is often the case with class and race in America, bare facts don't tell the whole story.
Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 3:28 pm
Joseph Simmons, or Rev. Run as many know him now, is the man who put the 'Run' in Run D.M.C., a pioneering rap group founded in the 80s.
However, when he stopped by NPR for an interview as part of Tell Me More's Wisdom Watch series, the reverend wasn't talking beats and records. Rev. Run spoke with Host Michel Martin instead about his diabetes awareness campaign Ask.Screen.Know., and his transition from his-hop artist to pastor.
Before leaving, Rev. Run took time to send some cool NPR love our way too.
Alex Brown Church began performing under the name Sea Wolf in 2003, after writing a handful of songs that didn't fit the rock band he played with at the time. Although Church has roped in a supporting cast of musicians to perform his songs, Sea Wolf is still very much his baby.
South Korea's Park Geun-hye claimed victory Wednesday in the country's presidential election. Park, the daughter of a former military dictator, will be the first female leader of the country. Here, she greets supporters at party headquarters.
The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate. Shirley MacLaine joins the much-loved cast, which includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton and many others. “No family is ever what it seems from the outside,” observes Smith’s shrewd character.
Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay makes her sixth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the historic Keith-Albee Theatre in Huntington, W.Va. Vivacious, multi-talented and completely impossible to categorize, McKay and her idiosyncratic style emerged all but fully formed on her 2004 debut double album Get Away From Me.