Think Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy, Freddie Prinze on Chico And The Man, Sofia Vergara on Modern Family. While Spanish has long had a recurring bit role on English-language television, it has slowly but surely become an integral part of the American soundtrack. Here's a look at a few highlights from the past six decades.
The Labor Department announced last week that the U.S. economy grew by just 103,000 jobs in September. A number like that isn't even enough to keep up with population growth. The fact that the report was widely greeted as positive news suggests just how low expectations have sunk this year.
Since January, the U.S. economy has been hit by a series of external shocks that brought a modest recovery nearly to a halt. But, the slowdown may have been under way even before the shocks took place.
University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 11, 1991. Hill, who had worked for Thomas at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said Thomas had sexually harassed her when he was her supervisor.
Then-Senate Judiciary Committee member Joseph Biden, D-Del., reflects on Hill's testimony. Thomas categorically denied Hill's allegations of sexual harassment and told the committee "no job is worth what I've been through."
NPR's Nina Totenberg meets with reporters on Capitol Hill on Feb. 25, 1992, after refusing to identify to Senate special counsel Peter E. Fleming Jr. the sources who told her about the sexual harassment allegations against Thomas. Totenberg refused to cooperate in part because of "personal honor."
Any industry looking for major growth in the U.S. market can't ignore Latinos, who make up 16 percent of the U.S. population. As the Latino population grows, beer marketers are trying more nuanced ways of influencing this key segment.
"They love beer," says Jim Sabia, chief marketing officer for Crown Imports, which distributes Mexican beers including Corona and Modelo. "Hispanics are 19 percent more likely to purchase beer than the rest of U.S. consumers." On top of that, Hispanics will make up a large portion of the legal drinking-age population in the future.
Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while her recipes are known for their bacon and butter, she and her family don't indulge in them every day.
Liberians go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new president and lawmakers in the second key elections since the end of the civil war in 2003. The incumbent leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa's first democratically elected female president — was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but her opponents say she deserves neither the award nor re-election.
So I don't know about you guys, but I'm super excited for Halloween :]
It's a great holiday for me, as it involves 2 of my favorite things: playing dress up, and candy. However, I seem to be the only one here at Lions After Dark who is prepared for the festivities, as Gaby and David do not even have a costume picked out yet. My friends and I will be going to Thrillvania as a group of Mario characters (I'll be Peach).
Maybe Gaby & David will get some ideas on the show tonight when we look at this year's most popular costumes.