Artist Christo finances his projects by selling design drawings like this one, a preparatory sketch for the <em>Over the River</em> project on Colorado's Arkansas River. <em></em>
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Christo traveled thousands of miles to find a canyon that suits his <em>Over the River </em>project, but he faces opposition from some locals near his preferred site along the Arkansas River in Colorado.
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Christo stands next to one of his works at a 2010 exhibition in Paris about the <em>Over the River</em> project. If approved, the installation could begin in the fall.
Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Colorado holds a chuckling ribbon of water, with a highway running alongside. Artist Christo wants to drape sections of it — almost 6 miles' worth — with long, billowing panels of silvery fabric.
"The silver-color fabric panel will absorb the color," he says. "In the morning, it will become rosy, in the middle of the day, platinum, and [during] the sunset, the fabric will become golden."
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
The Arizona Congressional delegation was divided over legislation to extend a payroll tax holiday for millions of average workers.
The payroll bill wasn’t released publicly until last night and many members studied it until late in the evening. The bill puts around one thousand dollars into the pockets of average workers. Arizona’s two Democratic congressmen voted for it as did Republican David Schweikert. But other Republicans, such as Arizona’s Jeff Flake, don’t like that the tax cut isn’t paid for and comes from money that’s intended for the Social Security Trust Fund.
Country Music Award winner Gretchen Peters had an eventful 2010: The BP oil spill washed up on her doorstep, a good friend committed suicide, and her son announced that he's transgender. The last of those in particular, she says, got her thinking about personal conflict.
No celebrity can be truly world renown unless they have their own theme park. Mickey Mouse and Disney have theirs. Now, Napoleon might get his chance too.
Christian Mantei the head of Atout France, the tourism group supporting the endeavor, once told the The Economist that "bosses at Disneyland Paris once said that only Napoleon had the stature to take on Mickey Mouse".
Roberta Flack has been singing in a way that plucks at the heartstrings since 1969, when she recorded the breakthrough song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." She followed that hit with many, many more, including, "Killing Me Softly with His Song," "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You."
As he had promised, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill that would have allowed gay marriage in his state.
The governor issued his veto just a day after the state's legislature passed the bill. According to The Star-Ledger, Christie said that he was, however, appointing an "ombudsman to address complaints of same-sex couples and strengthen New Jersey's civil union's law."
Charles G. Dawes served under Calvin Coolidge from 1925 to 1929. Dawes is the only vice president to have both a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in World War I and a <em>Billboard</em> Top 10 hit, and neither had anything to do with his tenure as vice president.
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Before serving under Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey was known as a "happy warrior" for liberal causes. Once in office, his silence on such matters earned him criticism from the left. Here he poses with actress Carol Channing in 1964.
Vice President Dan Quayle visits his hometown of Huntington, Ind., in 1992. Quayle served under George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993.
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Charles G. Dawes was Calvin Coolidge's second in command from 1925 to 1929. Dawes is the only vice president to have both a <i>Billboard</i> Top 10 hit and a Nobel Peace Prize.
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Aaron Burr served as vice president under Thomas Jefferson from 1801 to 1805. In 1804, Burr killed political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel over his reputation.