Children run after a truck loaded with presents for Eid Al-Adha in a refugee camp near Atma, Idlib province, Syria. A powerful car bomb exploded in Damascus on Friday and scattered fighting broke out in several areas across Syria, quickly dashing any hopes that a holiday cease-fire would hold.
Eid al-Adha is one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar. The day marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. It's the feast of the sacrifice, when any Muslim who is able should sacrifice an animal and donate the meat to the poor.
There is little to celebrate in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, however. A cease-fire called for the holiday is already crumbling, and in some areas it never took hold.
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe's books include <em>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</em>, <em>The Bonfire of the Vanities</em> and <em>I Am Charlotte Simmons</em>, among others. His latest novel is <em>Back to Blood.</em>
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 8:24 am
The music of 23-year-old singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas expresses a thoughtful curiosity that brims with hope and wonder about the world. She recently stopped by WFUV to talk about her debut album — titled Is Your Love Big Enough? — and perform the title track in studio.
Thornton Wilder works in a Berlin hotel in 1931. His titles include the plays <em>Our Town</em> (1938) and <em>The Skin of Our Teeth</em> (1942), as well as the novels <em>Heaven's My Destination</em> (1935) and <em>The Bridge of San Luis Rey</em> (1927).
Penelope Niven has also authored biographies of poet Carl Sandburg and photographer Edward Steichen.
Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 11:55 am
It's almost certain that during this NFL season, you'll see a player from a place that's called Muck City.
There are five graduates from Belle Glade, Fla., in the NFL right now. Belle Glade, on the shore of Lake Okeechobee, is surrounded by black soil, also known as the "muck" that's renowned for growing sweet corn, vegetables and sugar cane.
Over the past generation, Belle Glade Central High School has sent 30 players onto the NFL. The school is proud of that record, but it may have come at a cost.