Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
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More than 150 people gather to hear farmer Dan Brown speak in 2011. The Maine Department of Agriculture filed suit against Brown, alleging that he was illegally selling unpasteurized milk without a license. Brown, meanwhile, insisted that a local food ordinance adopted by Blue Hill residents protects the rights of farmers to sell directly to consumers without a license.
In Oliver Sacks' book The Mind's Eye, the neurologist included an interesting footnote in a chapter about losing vision in one eye because of cancer that said: "In the '60s, during a period of experimenting with large doses of amphetamines, I experienced a different sort of vivid mental imagery."
In Macedonia, people look at the horizon from a rocky crest filled with astronomical markers at the megalithic observatory Kokino, which NASA ranks as the fourth oldest observatory in the world.
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A musician with the Northumberland dance company Dansformation plays a vibraphone for visitors at Kielder Observatory on Friday in Kielder, England.
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A woman takes part in the festivities at Stonehenge, which drew thousands of people.
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In Macedonia, people watch the sunrise from a rocky crest filled with astronomical markers at the megalithic observatory <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5413/">Kokino</a> on Friday — the day of the summer solstice. NASA ranks Kokino as the fourth-oldest observatory in the world.
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Revelers arrive to attend the annual celebration of the summer solstice at Stonehenge, southwest of London.
Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 11:42 am
Whether you like it or not, the day will be bright. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today is the summer solstice, which marks the longest daylight period of the year and the official start of summer.
This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to cover the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous civil rights protests that happened there. It's all part of NPR's series commemorating the monumental summer of 1963.