In The Twilight War, government historian David Crist outlines the secret history of America's 30-year conflict with Iran. The book, based on interviews with hundreds of officials as well as classified military archives, details how the covert war has spanned five American presidential terms and repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare.
Crist tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that there have been several incidents that have almost resulted in battle over the past 30 years.
I'm usually a fan of "between" albums — the ones that break away from an artist's established sound, either tentatively or extravagantly, exploring the extremes of inspiration. These records are often misunderstood upon immediate release, but offer clues to an artist's discography over time.
With the London 2012 Opening Ceremony just days away, armies of costumed performers are rehearsing in Olympic Park.
In the bowels of the stadium, dancers, acrobats and actors wait patiently for their turn on the field. Gentlemen in top hats use cellphones to take pictures of each other. Chimney sweeps step outside to have a smoke. In the stands are thousands of people lucky enough to have scored tickets to watch dress rehearsals.
Ever since New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he plans to ban big sodas from the streets of New York City to address the city's obesity problem, drink companies, soda fans, and libertarians have been wanting to treat him like a Glee kid and give him a big Slushee in the face.
Dignified Man, 2006. This "viejo" (old one) walks on this street every evening. 6th and El Paso St. This is the first street in the U.S. after crossing from Juarez into downtown El Paso. In essence, this is the first block of America (or the last, depending on which direction you're going).
Candyman in El Panteon. The Panteon of Juarez (the municipal cemetery) on the Day of the Dead, 1994. The celebration is still honored, but there have been so many funerals in Juarez during the cartel war years that people are closer to death than is comfortable.
Segundo Barrio, El Paso, Texas, 2005. Many stores have come and gone in this building through the years. The residents of the Segundo Barrio community have maintained it on their own initiative, for decades, as far back as anyone can remember.
Sisters at the Border, 2007. Nuns meet at the border of Anapra, N.M. (left), and Barrio Anapra, Juarez. The nuns in Mexico cannot cross for various reasons — except on the day of a Mass for immigrants, held every November in the U.S.
Wedding Day in El Segundo Barrio, 1984. This is the oldest neighborhood of El Paso, sitting right on the border with Mexico, traditionally a first step for immigrants to the U.S. In effect, it has acted for Mexican residents as New York City's Lower East Side did for generations of migrants who had landed at Ellis Island.
Editor's note: This is another one of those stories that came to me fortuitously by email. Bruce Berman teaches photography in Las Cruces, N.M., and, like many photography instructors, he has a huge archive of his own. This is just a small selection of his color photographs documenting life in the border town of El Paso, Texas.
One child strangled to death and another nearly strangled when their heads were caught between the tray and the seat bottom of their Peg Perego strollers. The Italian company is now issuing a recall for 223,000 strollers that were sold in the United States from Jan. of 2004 and Sept. 2007 and
Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, says its peers should reject the $6 billion settlement reached over fees charged on credit card purchases.
As we reported, Visa and MasterCard agreed to pay more than $6 billion to settle complaints from retailers that it prohibited them from imposing surcharges on customers using those cards. Those complaints have existed for years.
With the sesquicentennial of Claude Debussy's birth coming up fast on Aug. 22, you'd think there would be a small blizzard of new Debussy releases. This year, not so much; maybe it's a sign of the economic times and industry reality that there's no great rush to add the zillionth recording of such incredibly loved repertoire to the catalog. But every so often, a project comes along that demands a revisiting of music you think you know inside and out. This two-disc set of Debussy headed by Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov is just such a release.