Every four years, a group of the world’s finest young pianists takes the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Amid the drama, beauty, nerves and excitement, they know one thing is true — the outcome there can change their lives. Through the eyes and memories of 15 gold medalists, this program follows the 50-year history of one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions. The retrospective includes historic footage and interviews with Van Cliburn.
Why do some animals build structures and others don’t? And how do animals decide where to build? Animal homes need to be safe and secure, protected from predators and the weather. An eagle’s nest can weigh up to one ton, a termite mound can stand eight feet tall, and some falcon nest sites have been around for centuries. Going above ground and under, NATURE investigates just what goes into making a home when you’re wild and cost is not a factor.
Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:21 pm
Experimental musician Mica Levi, a.k.a. Micachu, doesn't exactly fit comfortably into her surroundings: She cuts a vaguely otherworldly, not-so-vaguely androgynous figure, and sings strangely pretty, jagged little songs with the aid of odd tunings and a tiny guitar, which dangles from crudely tied twine. She identifies herself as a pop singer, but while her songs are catchy enough, they're no one's idea of pop-radio fodder.
Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 11:21 am
It's not quite as iconic as falling leaves, crisp air, and football, but the McDonald's McRib is usually something folks look forward to enjoying in the autumn months. Not happening this year, according to a company memo obtained by Advertising Age.
What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future. At Houston’s Sharpstown High, once a notorious “dropout factory,” a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge.
This week on MARKET WARRIORS, our pickers (Miller, John, Bob and Kevin) return to one of the largest markets in the world, the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA. As off-screen host Mark L. Walberg describes, they scour the 16 fields of vendors in search of the best piece of art pottery. Some notable picks include a Rookwood vase and a painted blanket chest. In this week’s episode, one picker is drawn to an item that will bring them great rewards while another buys a forgery that will cause them to second-guess their knowledge.
An escapee from a psychiatric hospital sets fire to a flock of geese and then incinerates a passing hiker. And he’s far from finished. While investigating, Wallander is unexpectedly visited by Anna, an old friend of his estranged daughter, Linda (Jeany Spark, “Sherlock”). Then Anna disappears. As more arson attacks occur, it appears that Anna may be connected and that Wallander must reconcile with Linda and join forces to find Anna at all costs. Father-daughter concord is hardly helped by Linda’s memory that her dad once had an affair with Anna’s mother.
Following a tip from a friend one day, photographer Dmitri Kasterine drove 15 miles from his home in Garrison, N.Y., to nearby Newburgh. What he found there was unlike anything he had ever seen before.
Kasterine was immediately drawn to the crumbling Victorian houses, the neglected buildings, and, most strikingly, the unassuming grace of the people on the street. But when he tried to take his first photo, his subject told him to go away. Still, Kasterine returned, and kept coming back for the next 16 years.