Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
The definitive biography of Clarence Darrow, the brilliant, idiosyncratic lawyer who defended John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial” and gave voice to the populist masses at the turn of the twentieth century, thus changing American law forever.
Everyone counts down the days to vacation, right? Well not in America...it seems we’d rather keep working.
Yes, despite all the data that time off makes you happier, healthier and MORE productive, a majority of americans - some 57percent had unused vacation time at the end of 2011, and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table.
Meanwhile, profits per-employee are at a 10 year high. What if we just cut into those corporate profits by taking a day we’ve earned here and there?
As the nation sheds the idea of “clean coal” for plentiful and even cleaner natural gas, environmental activists are hoping that they can push Connecticut to abandon coal as a power source. But that’s easier said than done.
The Bridgeport Harbor Station has been a fixture in this city for decades. Now primarily a coal-burning plant, it’s one of the city’s biggest taxpayers, and it's capable of powering about half a million customers. For Tamara Wood, who lives down the street from the plant, it’s this sound.
There's a broken down dam on the Farmington River, where anglers and paddlers like to have fun. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it won't be there long.
It's called the Spoonville Dam, about a dozen miles up the Farmington from where it meets the Connecticut River. Its original purpose was to create hydro power over a century ago. But then, in 1955, overpowering floods washed out about a quarter of the dam -- leaving huge fragments down river. And for the past half century, the entire river has funneled through a very narrow, very fast moving breach.