Homer Bell was 54 years old when he killed himself in April in a very public way — he laid down his head in front of a stopped bus in his hometown of Hartford, Conn. It was the last act in a life filled with struggle, as Bell and his family endured his schizophrenia.
At a time when there are calls to strengthen the mental health system, Bell's story shows how hard coping with mental illness can be.
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After a long wait, the Senate has finally passed student loan legislation. It would restore lower interest rates for undergraduates. Many of them saw their rates double on July 1st when the Senate missed its deadline.
As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the new measure closely resembles both what the president wanted and what the House has already passed.
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In Chicago, there's a two-and-a-half-mile roadway that the mayor calls the Bat Cave. It's been around for more than a decade, but it's not well known. The mini-highway was designed to ferry conventioneers to Chicago's convention hall.
But as NPR's Cheryl Corley reports, some local politicians are arguing that the Bat Cave is being reserved for politicians with special clout.
James Maddock makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. In the late '90s, Maddock had a shot at worldwide fame with his band Wood, whose debut album was showcased on several popular TV dramas.
Music from western places in Ireland and Scotland is the music of lonely, rugged mountainsides and sea-ravaged coastlines. It is wild fiddle music and singing in the ancient languages of the Gael. At its heart is tradition, at its soul innovation. The Ni Dhomhnaill sisters, Altan, Capercaillie, Martin Hayes, and The Peatbog Fairies take us westward.
If you asked me to name my favorite movie scene, I'd choose the one in Citizen Kane when newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane steals his rivals' best reporters, then throws a party in his own honor. As musicians literally sing his praises, we watch Kane dance with chorus girls wearing a look of radiant delight. It's a moment bursting with promise and cockiness and joie de vivre, made all the more exuberant because Kane's pleasure is so obviously shared by Welles himself.
By historical standards, this is an expedited naming. In the past, royals have waited weeks to announce a name. Prince Charles' name wasn't known for a month; Prince William's name wasn't made public for seven days.