Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. She also has received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. The kind of music she makes doesn't attract much commercial attention — and that seems to suit her just fine.
At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor Natalie Phillips stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.
On her 22nd birthday this summer, Sarah Wagner of suburban Wheaton, Ill., who describes herself as a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, opened an email to find an incredible surprise — a recorded message from her favorite Cubs player:
"Hey, Sarah! Kerry Wood here! Thanks for your message and I hope you're having a great summer!"
"When I heard for the first time, I instantly smiled," says Wagner. "I think my hands probably went over like my mouth, like, 'Oh my gosh, Kerry Wood is talking to me, even though he has no idea who I am!' "
Mon. Oct 8, 7:30p: Raíces features Panamanian pianist and composer, Danilo Pérez. His distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz, covering both the folkloric and world music of the Americas, has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. As a member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet since early 2000, he won a Grammy. Pérez and his TRIO will perform later this week at the Outpost in Albuquerque.
Each week, All Things Considered and Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free Range Kids, bring you "Another Thing," an on-air puzzle to test your cleverness skills. We take a trend in the news and challenge you to help us satirize it with a song title, a movie name or something else wacky.
This week's challenge: A study out of Norway found that couples who split the chores equally are 50 percent more likely to divorce.
Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 3:38 pm
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
Time now for your comments about our program. And today, comments inspired by this memorable movie line.
(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE PRINCESS BRIDE")
MANDY PATINKIN: (as Inigo Montoya) Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.
SIEGEL: Spanish swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the 1987 film, "The Princess Bride." As the movie celebrates its 25th anniversary, the actor who delivered that line, Mandy Patinkin, talked with my co-host Melissa Block about how often he's asked to repeat it.