Artist Brendan O'Connell's paintings find beauty in a cathedral of American consumerism. His thoughtful, unironic paintings of life inside Wal-Mart stores reflect on our relationship to brands and the search for "transcendence" in a shopping cart.
The Boston Marathon bombings. The fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The defeat of gun control legislation. We absorbed these past six days in an instantaneous, nonstop, firsthand-but-once-removed way that now defines our communal experiences.
John Ashcroft, who helped create the legal framework during the most recent Bush administration for prosecuting those accused of terrorism. He says U.S. officials are correct to invoke a public safety exception and not read Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights.
As investigators wait to interview wounded Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the site of the twin attacks is still being processed for evidence. Nearby, mourners and well-wishers have left a pile of flowers, notes and mementoes in the days since the attack.
The Boston bombings rocked the nation, making it hard to remember that the country has been largely terror-free at home for more than a decade. In comparison, Israel endured the equivalent of a Boston Marathon bombing every week in 2002.
Last week began with President Obama hopeful about prospects for gun control and immigration legislation to advance, but the President's focus quickly turned to terrorism and consoling a shaken nation, as gun control legislation floundered in the Senate. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
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