Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 1:59 am
For the many reasons that the Republican presidential debates have been so popular, the main one is simply that they're live. Happening right before our eyes. When Rick Perry says "Oops," he's saying it just as we're hearing it. Live. Wow: "Oops."
This is why, whether you like sports or not — perhaps you'd desperately prefer NPR to have somebody else right now, talking about something really important, not sports — nonetheless, each month, you're charged about eight bucks on your cable bill for the privilege of not watching sports.
Ella Stroganova opens the door at the city museum in Yaroslavl, Russia, where she serves as curator. "Progress makes person absolutely weak," Stroganova said. "He loses his strength because he doesn't need to think how to survive."
Seven time zones and thousands of miles separate Russia's capital, Moscow, from the port city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean. NPR journalists traveled the full length of the Trans-Siberian railroad and report on how Russia's history has shaped its people, and where, 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians want their country to go.
First of three parts
Two decades after the collapse of communist rule, just where is Russia headed? Scholars, diplomats and poets are spending careers contemplating the question.
The 2012 Dodge Dart is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.
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In 2008, Dodge started taking orders for the Challenger again after a 25-year hiatus, and some dealers began offering classic striped paint jobs to echo the original cars' style.
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Ford's Thunderbird became an iconic American car. Production began in 1955 and evolved almost continuously over the years until 1997. At right is the first version; at left is a 1984 model.
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In a 2002 revival of the Thunderbird, Ford harkened back to the smoother, classic shape of its original hit car to capitalize on its nostalgia factor. The new model didn't sell as well as the company hoped, and the line was discontinued in 2005.
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But in 2010, the struggling car company revived the model for a fifth generation. Although the Chevy Camaro still hasn't caught up to the Mustang in overall sales, the fifth generation model outsold Ford's muscle car in 2011.
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Dodge unveiled its 2013 Dart at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. The original Dart was in production from 1960-76. This time around, it's being built on a modified platform of one of Fiat's Alfa Romeos. After a 2009 merger between the struggling Chrysler and Italy's fast-growing Fiat, the two are sharing technology and strategy.
Between 1960 and 1976, the Dodge Dart was one of the best-selling cars in America, with its affordable price and rugged styling. More than 3.5 million Darts were sold.
Though the car was never known for being especially stylish or pretty, Chrysler is now reviving the name as the company continues its own revitalization. On Monday, it unveiled the new Dart at the 2012 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Melissa Block talks about the New Hampshire primary to NPR's Mara Liasson. She also talks to our political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Matthew Continetti, opinion editor of The Weekly Standard, about the results of the New Hampshire primary.
Melissa Block speaks with Andy Kohut of the Pew Research Center and our political commentators E.J. Dionne, of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Matthew Continetti, opinion editor of The Weekly Standard, about the results of the New Hampshire primary.
Portland singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has been known to draw inspiration from her immediate family. Early on, memories of summertime camping trips powered her lyrics. More recently, the birth of her son, Tennessee, pushed her to record an album of classic folk songs for children, aptly titled Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs For Children.