August 6, 2010 The singer, as widely known for her eccentric outfits and behavior as she is for her voice, is easily the most famous Icelander in the world. Inspired by childhood adventures walking among lava fields, Bjork's music is full of stories about pitch-dark forests and tiny sparks that live within them. Her music may prove challenging to listen to, but there are always moments of beauty and transcendence.
July 3, 2010 Rapper Amir Elkhalifa, better known as Oddisee, grew up in Prince George's County, Md., the wealthiest majority black county in the U.S. Not long ago, his suburban roots might have been considered a strike against his legitimacy in hip-hop. But Oddisee says it's not an issue now thanks to rapper-producers like Kanye West and Pharrell.
March 6, 2010 When great movies are ignored by the Motion Picture Academy, the reasons are often institutional. Check Back Sunday: Our live coverage includes Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! goes Hollywood, plus play-by-play coverage from Linda Holmes & friends.
October 21, 2009 Rather than create a live album spanning its greatest hits, the legendary Athens, Ga., band picked out an unlikely assortment of 39 songs known mostly to R.E.M. diehards. Hear Live at the Olympia in its entirety for the week leading up to the collection's Oct. 27 release.
October 17, 2009 On a single day in Feb. 1991, an American Army squadron defeated an elite Iraqi brigade almost twice as large in what is now regarded as the largest U.S. Army tank battle since World War II. To history buffs, the "Battle of 73 Easting" is legendary. To the man who led the squadron, the battle was a omen of things to come.
October 4, 2009 Islands are often the playgrounds of imaginary scientists, from Dr. Moreau to the researchers on the TV show Lost. But this place is real: an island where every single plant species has had its DNA analyzed and cataloged.
October 4, 2009 Just steps away from the Obama family's home is what locals are calling the White House Farmers Market. It's both an experiment and an undisguised statement. The market and a handful of others around the country are part of a pilot project that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hopes will help people understand where their food comes from, so they can make informed choices.