| Apr 5, 2013
Stephen Wade's affection for the Chicago in which he grew up and that he left long ago is passionate and palpable in the introduction to his astonishing book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”...
| Mar 24, 2013
| 10:20 AM
The Library of Congress has added two dozen important recordings to its national registry.
Most are musical selections, including songs by Chubby Checker, the Bee Gees and Simon and Garfunkel, but one is a news broadcast with a tie to western Virginia,...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 11:04 AM
I'd like to use my space this week to talk about "Lincoln." No, not the Steven Spielberg blockbuster that may be front-and-center at Sunday's Oscar ceremonies, and not Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln," now on our television screens.
This one is...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:52 PM
A photograph, Marisa Silver writes at the end of her new novel, "Mary Coin," is "an alchemy of fact and invention that produces something recognizable as the truth. But it is not the truth." It is as if Silver is writing about her own new novel here...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Talk about the best birthday present ever.
You've got to think that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be smiling down as we, on the same day, celebrate his birth and the second inauguration of Barack Obama, our first African-American president.
| Mar 17, 2013
A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 1:04 PM
It's one of the most iconic movies in American cinema history, despite its running time of less than one minute.
In the film, four animated concession items — a candy bar, some popcorn, a box of candy and a soft drink — march up a movie...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 12:28 PM
Today I launch my official campaign to get Bruce Springsteen on the $1 Trillion coin that President Obama will have to have the Treasury mint and deposit at the Fed.
Let me first say that while it is certainly a preposterous idea to mint a trillion...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 3:09 PM
One question I often get asked is....
Chad, How many days a week should I work out? I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that question, I'd have — a lot of dollars.
Let me first answer your question with a question. (Something...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 6:07 AM
Rare interviews conducted in the 80s by former record executive Joe Smith and recently donated to the Library of Congress are starting to be digitalized and uploaded on their website. In one, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler admits that during the height...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 1:10 PM
A South Bend rap music artist known as Million has created a tribute song honoring the amazing season the Notre Dame football program has experienced. The song, titled "The Champs," has been copyrighted with the United States Library of Congress and has...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 10:23 AM
The Library of Congress announced the names of 25 films Wednesday that are to be enshrined in its National Film Registry. Of those 25, 5-1/2 were based on books or stories. The half? Read on.
The 1983 film "A Christmas Story" -- with Ralphie, a frozen...