Yrsa Sigurdardottir's latest crime fiction novel "Ashes to Dust" features one of the more unusual murder investigations you'll find. A volcanic eruption in the 1970's covered a community beneath volcanic ash. Forty years later the houses are finally being unearthed. The skeletal remains of some unknown individuals are discovered in the basement of one of the houses.
For the past eight seasons, actor Hugh Laurie has played Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical series House. House is brash, narcissistic, unsympathetic, addicted to painkillers, confrontational — and 100 percent American.
Laurie is none of those things.
"I am not playing House today, so I am dressed as an Englishman and speaking as an Englishman," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'm wearing a bowler hat and carrying a furled umbrella. It's nice to have a day every now and then off from the vocal exercises."
I, Claudius came to American television, imported from the BBC, in 1977 — the same year as another ambitious long-form production, ABC's Roots, which proved to everyone that miniseries were an exciting and extremely popular new form of television. I, Claudius, shown on the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre, didn't get anything close to the audience that Roots did — but it sure got a lot of attention.
This week, Whole Foods, the upscale grocer, said it is eliminating 12 wild fish species from its seafood section as part of its commitment to ocean conservation. The fish, rated "red" by conservation groups that evaluate overfishing and other problems, include popular choices like Atlantic halibut, octopus, and some tuna.
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The two African countries have been clashing over a contested border region and oil, among other issues. Sudan has reportedly launched a series of aerial bombardments, in what South Sudan's president is calling an act of war. Host Michel Martin discusses the intensifying situation with Hannah McNeish, who's been covering the story for the AFP.
There are big questions about Mitt Romney's ability to appeal to Latinos. Hispanic voters favor President Obama over Romney by more than two to one, according to a recent Pew poll. But not everyone is sure the president's lead will translate to votes. Host Michel Martin speaks with columnist Ruben Navarrette and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.
This week the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University issued a report that said Ohio's tax lures for movie-makers have led to work for thousands of people, and millions of dollars in economic impact.
Today (Wednesday and Thursday) film industry advocates are at the Ohio Statehouse to talk to lawmakers about increasing the amount of tax-credits available to film-makers. Executive Director of Film Dayton, Megan Cooper is making the trip. Today she’ll testify before the House Ways and Means Committee about the benefits brought by the tax incentives.
Tonight the City of Dayton is holding a public meeting to show new design concepts for the proposed Webster Street replacement bridge over the Mad River. Bridge designer EMH&T will be on hand to hear suggestions and answer questions.
Assistant Director of Public Works, Steve Finke says the bridge is still structurally sound but the replacement is needed.
Last week the Dayton City Commission approved anew three-year contract with the International Association of Firefighters, Local 136 (IAFF). The agreement includes a combination of wage freezes, modest raises, changes in sick leave, and increases in health care contributions by employees.