Pop singer Donna Summer, whose long career began in the 1960s and reached its apex in the disco era of the '70s, died of cancer on Thursday at her home in Naples, Florida. Summer was 63 years old. According to Billboard magazine, the singer born LaDonna Gaines had 32 singles that charted in the Hot 100. Fourteen of them made it into the top 10. To hear Sami Yenigun's appreciation of Donna Summer's life and career, as heard on All Things Considered, click the audio link.
Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.
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Impassioned, theatrical, exhausting. Four hours of closing arguments today in the trial of John Edwards in a federal courtroom in Greensboro, North Carolina. The former presidential candidate and vice presidential nominee is accused of accepting about a million dollars of secret payments to cover up an affair with a campaign worker.
North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii was in the courtroom. He joins us now.
When the speaker of the New York City Council gets married it is generally not a big deal. But Christine Quinn happens to be the first openly gay council speaker in New York's history. And she is considered the frontrunner to be the city's next mayor.
So Quinn's wedding this weekend is attracting lots of attention, as we hear from NPR's Joel Rose.
The key witness in the perjury trial of baseball star Roger Clemens is on the stand this week testifying that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. Nina Totenberg talks to Melissa Block.
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A new technology makes it possible for a quadriplegic to use only thought to move a robotic arm. According to a report out yesterday, a Massachusetts woman was one of two patients to use the arm. She picked up a bottle with coffee in it and drank it, using a straw. This is the first time in 15 years that she was able to feed herself.
Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, will address students at Georgetown University tomorrow.
As NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports, that has created one of several controversies this season over commencement speakers.
BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY, BYLINE: Sebelius is Catholic. She's also liberal and pro-choice. And the fact that she's speaking to Georgetown's Public Policy Institute makes conservative Catholics, like Patrick Reilly, see red.
When you hear Cecil Taylor perform, you never forget it. He's a force of nature at the piano, with a furious attack and a sound all his own.
"His piano is an orchestra," says Ben Ratliff, music critic for The New York Times. "Cecil has been with us for so long. And every once in a while he does these amazing, galvanizing solo piano performances. And you go see them, and you think, like, 'Wow. What was that? That was amazing.' And I can't get that anywhere else in the world. And that's unique."