December 9, 2013 | NPR · With stern and often complex limits on accepting gifts, the House Ethics Committee sends out a guidance memo each holiday season. This year’s version has seven pages of Capitol Hill holiday gift rules — and one page of advice in the form of a poem.
December 9, 2013 | NPR · Andre Le Notre helped turn an old hunting lodge into the Versailles we know today, taking his profession way beyond a trade. Experts say Le Notre’swork was so groundbreaking, it continues to influence contemporary urban architecture. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Le Notre’s birth.
December 9, 2013 | NPR · Historian Maureen Ogle’s new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There’s a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.
December 9, 2013 | NPR · Recognized as two of roots music’s most respected singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, O’Brien and Scott took a break from their busy solo careers in 2000 to record their first album as a duo, titled Real Time. This year, the two joined up again for Memories and Moments. Hear them perform songs from both albums live on stage in Tennessee.
December 9, 2013 | WXPN · Wielding many instruments and a remarkable whistling ability, Bird has developed an offbeat marriage of classical and pop music over the course of his decade-long career. Hear the relentlessly inventive singer-songwriter perform songs from Noble Beast in this archived session from 2009.