First Lady Michelle Obama Visits the Fisher House


 

As part of her Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Fisher House located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and participate in a pre-Easter celebration with military families and children. The Fisher House program supports military families by welcoming them to stay at the House while their loved one is receiving specialized medical care.

NMAAHC public programs in March and May 2013


NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

NMAAHC public programs in March and May 2013 Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery, A Conversation between Deborah Willis and Lonnie Bunch

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Monday, March 25, 2013, 7:00 pm

National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC First floor, enter through Constitution Ave doors Metro: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle

Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will moderate a discussion with Deborah Willis, chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, about her latest work Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. The publication is a collaboration with Barbara Krauthamer, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Through rare photographs and documents, the book focuses on black enslavement, emancipation and life from 1850 to1930. Recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher and MacArthur fellowships, Willis is a founding member of the museum’s Scholarly Advisory Committee.

Books will be available for sale and signing following the program. For more information, visit http://nmaahc.si.edu/Events/calendar or call (202) 633-0070. Admission is free and on a first come, first serve basis.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland w/ Dr. King Joan Trumpauer Mulholland walking beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Mulholland, film screening and discussion

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

The Artisphere 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in the segregated South and emerged as an activist who fought fervently for the rights of others. Attacked and beaten during the courageous Freedom Rides of 1961, Joan was imprisoned and hunted but never wavered in her beliefs. An Ordinary Hero is a moving chronicle of Mulholland’s life, containing rare images and footage from the Civil Rights Movement. Following the film will be a panel discussion featuring Mulholland, her son, Loki Mulholland, who is the writer and director of the film, and William Pretzer, Senior Curator of History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Co-sponsors of the event are NMAAHC and the Arlington Public Library.

For more information, visit http://nmaahc.si.edu/Events/calendar or call (202) 633-0070. Admission is free and on a first come, first serve basis.

On Art and History: Natasha Trethewey Reads and Discusses Native Guard

Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:00 pm

National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC First floor, enter through Constitution Ave doors Metro: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle
Natasha Trethewey, appointed the U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2012, will read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems titled Native Guard. Trethewey gives an impressive interpretation of the Native Guard, one of the first mostly black regiments to fight in the Union Army. The Native Guard was composed mostly of former slaves who enlisted and were assigned to guard Confederate prisoners of war. According to Trethewey’s poem “Elegy for the Native Guards,” the presence of the African American soldiers has gone unrecognized. She also explores her life from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s, a time of tremendous upheaval in Mississippi. Native Guard provides a thoughtful, long view of a tumultuous century in American History. The Rising Star Fife and Drum Band led by Sharde Thomas of Sardis, Miss., will open and close the program.

Books will be available for sale and signing following the program. For more information, visit http://nmaahc.si.edu/Events/calendar. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested, call (202) 633-0070.

National Geographic


March 2013

PHOTO OF THE MONTH by Paul Nicklen, from the April 2013 feature story “When Push Comes to Shove.”

Picture of a manatee

Manatee, Florida

Manatees and tourists are both thriving in Kings Bay. Go underwater with these endangered giants and find out why increasing interactions with humans are presenting a problem.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)


03/21/2013 03:58 PM EDT
Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

Radio stations offering progressive talk in Seattle


Update on Progressive Radio now available in Seattle

KLAY 1180 AM: http://www.klay1180.com/

Station Manager, Bruce Bond says his station can be heard “from Seattle to Olympia,” and adds that “We have terrestrial listeners that tune in regularly and report good reception in Burien, Silverdale, Kent, Factoria and Georgetown.” The station also streams at klay1180.com.

Stephanie Miller is on KLAY 1180 AM from 9 AM – noon and Thom Hartmann is on 4 PM -7PM weekdays.

KBCS 91.3 FM http://kbcs.fm/site/PageServer/index.html

Bruce Worth the Program Manager for KBCS reports that, following five years of patience and persistence, KBCS is now broadcasting from its new location atop Cougar Mountain.   At 1400 feet above sea level, the signal coverage has increased over 40% and reaches more than 2.5 million potential listeners across the Puget Sound. Their signal can now be heard as far east as Fall City, as far south as Tacoma, west to Poulsbo and the Kitsap Peninsula, and north up to Everett.

Thom Hartmann is heard weekdays from noon to 3 PM; Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now is on three times at 6 AM, 8AM and 5 PM.