All Things Considered for May 15, 2010
May 15, 2010 — With few exceptions, most of the violent deaths in the Los Angeles area simply become statistics. The Los Angeles Times set out to dig beneath those numbers, and, as the blog's founding editor sees it, discovered a disturbing truth about murder in America.
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 — Legal pot, under the guise of the California's medical marijuana laws, has spurred a rush of new competition. As a result, the wholesale price of pot grown in California is plunging, worrying growers and dealers. "There's a tremendous amount of concern, borderlining on fear," says a former underground grower who now cultivates medical marijuana.
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.