The Fourth of July
All over the world, people have been grilling since they discovered fire, and immigrants to the United States brought their signature flavors with them. Hot dogs and burgers are joined by chorizo, kalbi, yakitori, kebab and more as we fire up the grill for Independence Day.
July 1, 2011 Many new laws will be enacted on July 1, when most states begin a new fiscal year. And they'll change how people live in ways big and small. Connecticut, for one, will start to tax yoga sessions. Other laws target immigration policy and the use of cellphones while driving.
July 1, 2011 Tired of the same old burgers and hot dogs for July 4? Barbecue master Steven Raichlen joins Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to explore some other options. The menu includes cinnamon-speared peaches, Mexican grilled corn, and pulled pork sliders.
June 30, 2011 For the Fourth of July we ponder the possibilities of a distinctly American sound in classical music.
June 30, 2011 Americans began using fireworks to celebrate our independence on July 4, even before we won it from the British. Jim Day doesn't think much of firecracker and other explosive fireworks bans, while Rick Parker sees some sense in temporarily laying off this year. What's it like where you live?
July 4, 2010 As he drafted the Declaration of Independence, the founding father replaced the word "subjects" with "citizens." We all owe him our gratitude.
June 29, 2010 From representative democracy and free speech to the ingenuity that gave the world deep-fried cheese and Slankets, America has proven itself worthy of a continuous music mix extolling her virtues. It's the finest time of the year to sit at your computer streaming a whole bunch of music that sings the praises of our great land.