Author Colin Cotterill believes in fate. Though he didn't know it at the time, fate seemed to determine early on that he would write the Dr. Siri books, a series of mysteries that follows a 70-something Laotian country coroner. (This piece initially aired August 15, 2008 on Morning Edition).
As athletes have sprinted and soared their way to bronze, silver and gold in London, Morning Edition has celebrated the Olympics with the Poetry Games: We invited poets from around the globe to compose original works about athletes and athletics and asked you to be the judges.
Henry Hall prays to the heavens in 1934's <em>Our Daily Bread</em>. King Vidor's film about a farmers collective living through a drought was made during one of the country's most catastrophic dry spells.
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In <em>Rango</em>, the town of Dirt goes through a drought caused by greedy corporations and politicians, not by nature.
The nationwide drought that has withered crops in more than 30 states shows no sign of letting up. But as Katharine Hepburn established in her film, The Rainmaker, that doesn't mean hope has to dry up.
"I dreamed we had a rain, a great big rain," she tells her brothers, only to be told that "a drought's a drought, and a dream's a dream."
Francisco Cortes started at Fox as an apprentice, then rose through the ranks to become Fox News Latino's first director.
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According to one analytics site, <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/index.html">Fox News Latino</a> drew a healthy 3.3 million unique visitors in June of this year, but it's no longer the only game in town.
This is the first in a three-part series about major American networks trying to appeal to a broader Latino audience.
In a glass-walled conference room at Fox News in New York, reporter Bryan Llenas and two of his colleagues discuss the nature and success of their news site, Fox News Latino, largely aimed at English-speaking Hispanics.
Maybe a dozen feet away, two pundits can be seen heatedly arguing in a Fox News TV studio.