SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p-PToD2URA SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday morning. But the hard part came next: trying to catch the rocket's falling nose cone with a big net on a ship in the ocean. Wait, what? Part of the SpaceX ethos is " rocket reusability ." By reusing as much of the rocket as possible, the company hopes to lower the cost of sending objects and people into space — and make it possible for people to live on other planets. So one goal of Thursday...

Read More
Montgomery County Emergency Management / Facebook

Ice Jams Cause Flooding Again

NRA Leader Warns Conservatives Of 'Socialist Wave' In Wake Of Shooting

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET Just over a week after 17 people were killed at Parkland, Fla., high school, National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery, defiant speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday at the National Harbor in Maryland. LaPierre defended Second Amendment rights and warned of a "socialist agenda" intended to strip firearms away from law-abiding citizens. "As usual, the opportunists wasted not one...

Read More

New York Congressman Paul Tonko and members of the New York chapter of the U.S. Small Business Association gathered in Schenectady this week to announce an initiative to boost small business growth. 

Montgomery County Emergency Management / Facebook

Following unseasonably warm temperatures this week, several communities across the region have been dealing with flooding caused by ice jams.

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Just over a week after 17 people were killed at Parkland, Fla., high school, National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery, defiant speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday at the National Harbor in Maryland. LaPierre defended Second Amendment rights and warned of a "socialist agenda" intended to strip firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

The blind have descended in droves on the Bisidimo Hospital in Eastern Ethiopia.

The Himalayan Cataract Project is hosting a mass cataract surgery campaign at the medical compound that used to be a leper colony. For one week a team from the nonprofit has set up seven operating tables in four operating rooms and they're offering free cataract surgery to anyone who needs it.

On the first day of the campaign it's clear that the need is great.

  Jonathan Starr, once a cutthroat hedge fund manager, is not your traditional do-gooder, and in 2009, when he decided to found Abaarso, a secondary school in Somaliland, the choice seemed crazy to even his closest friends. “Why,” they wondered, “would he turn down a life of relative luxury to relocate to an armed compound in a breakaway region of the world’s #1 failed state?” To achieve his mission, Starr would have to overcome profound cultural differences, broken promises, and threats to his safety and that of his staff.

It Takes a School is the story of how an abstract vision became a transformative reality, as Starr set out to build a school in a place forgotten by the world. It is the story of a skeptical and clan-based society learning to give way to trust. And it’s the story of the students themselves, including a boy from a family of nomads who took off on his own in search of an education and a girl who waged a hunger strike in order to convince her strict parents to send her to Abaarso.

Today’s students face a challenging paradox: the digital tools they need to complete their work are often the source of their biggest distractions. Students can quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life. Written by author and educator Ana Homayoun, "Social Media Wellness" is the first book to successfully decode the new language of social media for parents and educators and provide pragmatic solutions to help students focus and manage distractions. 

Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, school consultant, speaker and educator. Her newest book is "Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World."

It wasn't the Miracle on Ice, exactly — but when the U.S. men's curling team squared up with their Canadian counterparts in the Olympic semifinal, few could have expected what happened next. Canadian men have won gold at each of the past three Winter Games, after all, and Americans had never — ever! — won an Olympic semifinal.

That all changed Thursday.

The U.S., led by captain John Shuster, shocked the traditional powerhouse in the close contest, riding a late surge of momentum to win 5-3.

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway cover
Scribner

Ernest Hemingway is rightly celebrated for his indelible novels, but the 20th century titan was writing short stories from his high school days until almost the end. Many are well known to readers, like the Nick Adams stories and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Others not as much. Like with his most famous novels, Hemingway was an inveterate editor of his short stories, often returning to revise the text after years. Now, you can see that rigorous process play out in the Hemingway Library edition of The Short Stories, published by Scribner. The book features a foreword by Seán Hemingway, the author’s grandson and a curator at The Met.

Fig and pomegranate trees, grapes, carrots, and narcissus flowers are some of the plants that Aveen Ismail like to grow in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq where they live. That's because these plants remind her of Syria and home.

At first, Ismail did not find the dry land welcoming. But she values greenery and gardening, so she cultivated a small patch of land next to the house her family built in the camp.

This is a picture of a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus
wikipedia commons

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has avoided a strike, as union representatives and their employers struck a tentative contract agreement Wednesday. 

Pages

Join us for a LIVE broadcast of The Roundtable, plus get a carbon certificate!

Friday, 4/20 at 9 a.m. at The Linda, WAMC's The Roundtable Live with Judith Enck, Jeff Goodell, Elizabeth Kolbert, Terry Tempest Williams.

Get The App

Take WAMC wherever you go.

Listen to all of our programs, get the news, and more!

Airwaves

Don't miss out on important news!

Sign up for Airwaves. We'll send you a news recap each week.

Donate Your Car

A sign that it's time to donate your car to your WAMC: The last time you got it serviced, Ned Stark was the Lord of Winterfell. #timetodonate #carsintoprograms

WAMC Podcasts

Check out our new podcasts

Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and more.

Events Schedule

What are you doing this week?

Find an event near you.

Follow WAMC