Life is hard for albinos throughout Africa, but especially in the East African nation of Tanzania. At best, they face raw prejudice; at worst, they are hunted for their flesh, the results of superstitious beliefs.
Albino killings have been reported in a dozen African countries from South Africa to Kenya, but they are worse in Tanzania than anywhere else.
Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 7:36 am
Back in 1958, when Mark Rothko was commissioned to do a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in New York — a place he believed was "where the richest bastards in New York will come to feed and show off" — his acceptance of the assignment was subversive at best. He hoped his art would "ruin the appetite of every son of a [beep] who ever eats in that room," according to a Harper's magazine article, "Mark Rothko: Portrait Of The Artist As An Angry Man."
Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 9:54 am
There's a developing story this morning from Paulsboro, N.J., south and across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, where several railroad tank cars have derailed and fallen into a creek after a bridge collapse.
It's being reported that the cars were transporting vinyl chloride, which could ignite and would be highly irritating if breathed in. There are local reports of about 18 people being treated for breathing problems.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:05 pm
Actress Sally Field brings to life First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln on screen with the role she plays opposite Daniel Day Lewis in the biopic film Lincoln.
From NPR's New York bureau last week, Field spoke with guest host Jennifer Ludden on Talk of the Nation about her extensive preparation for the role as the 16th president's wife. Some of Field's homework included visiting Mary's home, gaining 25 pounds and using language of the era in text message exchanges with Lewis.