In the nation's capital, park planners have drawn up an ambitious plan to transform an old bridge into an active recreation space. If realized, the park would offer a physical and symbolic link between two very different communities.
In his new book, The Parties Versus the People, the former Republican congressman says party leaders have too much control over who runs for office, what bills make it to the floor and how lawmakers vote.
Thor Hanson's new book looks at the evolutionary significance of feathers in birds. Hanson tells Fresh Air that he's amazed by birds' magnitude of feathers, how feathers grow and how they're the "most efficient insulation known."
Author Paul Tough says parents should focus less on SAT and IQ scores, and more on fostering grit, curiosity and character in their kids. He argues that attachment is important in the first few years, but parents need to know when to step back and let their kids learn through trial and error.
A typically slow Labor Day weekend ended a summer that failed to live up to Hollywood's expectations. The number of movie tickets sold this summer was about 533 million, down 4 percent from 2011 and the lowest since an industry analyst began compiling summer figures 20 years ago.
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54, according to his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault. Known for his large size and deep, resonant voice, Duncan received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Green Mile. The actor's death is "a tragic loss," says his manager.
Alexandria's Old Town Theater, which was set to be repurposed for retail shops, will actually revisit its Vaudeville roots after a renovation that will reveal some of the building's original early 20th-century features.
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