All Things Considered for March 16, 2012
Mar 16, 2012 — The stock market hit some major milestones this week: The Standard & Poor's 500 index reached its highest level in more than three years and the Nasdaq rose to its highest level in 11 years. Still, the Federal Reserve has been warning not to get too excited about where the economy is headed next.
Mar 16, 2012 — In the golden age of flight, pilots reveled in the magic of lonely nights aloft and suffered the perils of stormy skies. Author Gregory Crouch recommends three books that describe these harrowing aero-adventures. Do you remember the first time you flew? Tell us your story in the comments.
Mar 16, 2012 — In a Nemo-inspired cartoon, a menacing fish lures unsuspecting little fish with a glowing picture of a Communist hero. A South Park-like animation skewers China's elites. These are among the works of a new generation of Chinese political cartoonists who are using social media to evade censors.
Mar 16, 2012 — Edith is a protective 12-year-old who carries around a giant stuffed frog — and a rifle. She and her 16-year-old brother are latchkey kids growing up in rural America in the play Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them by Filipino-American writer Rey Pamatmat.
Mar 16, 2012 — A new book called Why Nations Fail argues that a lot comes down to politics — not just laws, but also a country's norms.
Mar 16, 2012 — While religion is diminishing in Great Britain, it remains a powerful force in the U.S. British author Alain de Botton suggests that faith is intermittently too useful, effective and intelligent to be abandoned to the religious alone.
Mar 15, 2012 — The jazz pianist and composer imagines music as human movement: rhythms that pulse and shift, intricate patterns of notes, a wide range of references. There are plenty of examples on his new trio album Accelerando.