The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office won't approve a trademark for the band's name on the grounds that it's a disparaging term for people of Asian descent. So the band is taking the fight to federal court.
Not only are Chicago's schools troubled, the city's homicide rate spiked last year to its highest point in 10 years. Unemployment is 9 percent. And the city's deficit is looming near the $1 billion mark. That's just the short list of urgent problems facing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
In this curious base ball league, the umpire wears a top hat and the players drink water out of pewter mugs. The rules and equipment follow 19th-century protocol. A history-lover's dream, the games take place on a farm, evoking the sport's pastoral early years.
Maybe it's their love of ink. Whatever the reason, there seem to be quite a few librarians who have tattoos. And there's a bit of a trend: Sell calendars of librarians who are baring their body art to raise money for their institutions.
For the Affordable Care Act to work, young, healthy people have to sign up for the new insurance exchanges. But these so-call Young Invincibles have a number of reasons for forgoing coverage. Host Scott Simon talks with Lisa Dubay of the Urban Institute about these 18- to 35-year-olds.
Part-time bartender Jacob Kreider, 33, tells host Scott Simon that he's chosen not to take the medical plan for which he qualifies under the Affordable Care Act. He says he'd rather use the money to pursue his career goals.
The Cardinals beat the Dodgers Friday night, and Detroit and Boston are back at Fenway on Saturday. Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN about the games and what's ahead for the World Series.
The name of Washington's football team has been hotly debated: criticized for being a racial slur but defended but the team's owner as actually being a kind of tribute to Native Americans. Host Scott Simon talks to Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen about the economics of the Washington Redskins brand.
San Antonio's newest library doesn't look very bookish. In fact, the BiblioTech is completely digital. Host Scott Simon speaks with Judge Nelson Wolff of Bexar County, who spearheaded the initiative, about the modern take on the traditional library.
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