All Things Considered for May 15, 2010
May 15, 2010 — The winner of the latest round of our three-minute fiction contest will be announced Sunday. Listeners sent in nearly 4,000 short stories this round. Each story had to include these four words: plant, button, trick and fly.
May 15, 2010 — Blues fans have long looked to the Mississippi Delta or Chicago for a taste of authentic Americana, but a new compilation draws attention to another region: Appalachia. Classic Appalachian Blues, from Smithsonian Folkways, features acoustic fingerstyle blues assembled by music professor Barry Lee Pearson and archivist Jeff Place.
May 15, 2010 — George Washington was a military veteran with a checkered past. John Adams was a farmer turned lawyer. And according to historian Jack Rakove, the men we know as America's Founding Fathers were, in general, disinclined to revolt. Rakove's new book is Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America.