Four lakes and the right winter climate makes Madison, Wisconsin a perfect place for one thing: ice boating. Light, sleek, and terrifyingly fast, the city’s fleet of ice yachts is one of the biggest - and most famous - in the world. Producer Aubrey Ralph went to find out what 70 miles an hour on ice is like.
“All you have to do is look at the rise of Jim Crow and the ability of Southern state governments to segregate, to discriminate, to imprison without trial, to beat to death, to lynch — without anyone ever being brought to justice. It was only possible because the Court had very slowly chipped away at [the Civil Rights Act of 1875 and the Fourteenth Amendment.]”—Lawrence Goldstone, explaining how the Supreme Court’s rulings between 1875 and 1903 suppressed the civil rights movement in the latter half of the 19th century and impacted the treatment of African-Americans in Southern states for decades,
Harry Potter creator’s rags-to-riches journey to be dramatised in forthcoming TV biopic Strange Magic. The life story is to be made into a TV film in the US, with an Australian actor in the lead role and Canada doubling as Scotland for the setting.
Music for your Afternoon: To arrive at our final playlist, Texas Public Radio asked — on air and via Facebook and Twitter — for listeners to tell us their favorite movie music and let us know why they love it. From the outset, it became clear that the Oscar winners each year were not always the most beloved songs and scores. Where would we be without Ennio Morricone’s beautiful melody for The Mission, John Williams’ rousing “Raiders March” or Kermit the Frog singing “The Rainbow Connection”?
“Liam Neeson has his share of triumphs as a serious actor, but after the 2008 thriller Taken was a worldwide smash, every studio wanted to see him with a gun or knife or any available lethal shard taking out hordes of scummy thugs. You know — Schindler’s List, now meet Schindler’s Fist.”—David Edelstein, on Liam Neeson’s latest thriller Unknown