Dominique Pruitt makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Pruitt grew up in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles, surrounded by professional musicians, including her parents. When she saw the John Waters film Cry-Baby as a child, she immediately became fascinated with all things '50s, though she grew to love the '40s and '60s, as well.
Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 1:47 pm
When you're making eight bucks an hour, which is pretty typical in the fast-food industry, it's tough to make ends meet.
And increasingly, the working poor are asking this question: Why am I living in poverty, even when I'm working full time?
That's the message that thousands of fast-food workers rallying Thursday in about 100 U.S. cities — from Oakland to Memphis to Washington, D.C. — want heard. A living wage in big cities is closer to $14 an hour, and it jumps to about $20 an hour for an adult supporting a child.
Steve Lacy used to say that the right partner can help you make music you couldn't get to by yourself. Take the quartet William Parker founded in 2000, for example. Parker's bass tone was always sturdy as a tree trunk, but power drummer Hamid Drake gives him lift. The upshot is that free jazz can swing, too. The quartet's front line is another firm partnership: quicksilver alto saxophonist Rob Brown and flinty trumpeter Lewis Barnes.
Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 1:39 pm
The African-American religious folk songs known as spirituals grew out of the slavery experience and the introduction of Christianity into slaves' lives. Though rooted in African musical tradition, they reflected life in a strange and terribly oppressive new world. Often improvisations upon older hymns, they became entirely new songs — songs like "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," "Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho" and "Steal Away." In some ways, they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.
Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 1:19 pm
Ronnie Smith, an American chemistry teacher who spent more than a year teaching at an international school in Libya, was killed in Benghazi on Thursday, The school's principal, Peter Hodge, tells NBC News that Smith, 33, was "very much loved" at the school.
"He was the most amazing person, more like a best friend or a family member," a student, 18, says.
The New York City Fire Department's newest class graduates today, and it will be the most diverse in history: 62 percent are racial minorities in a department that's overwhelmingly white. For more, host Michel Martin is joined by the New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.
If you're going to a holiday party, there's a good chance you'll be sipping on an adult beverage of some sort. And you can do that without looking over your shoulder for authorities because exactly 80 years ago today, Prohibition came to an end. Americans were able to legally pick up their drinks again. But some people think that Prohibition still has a mark on American life.