Oh, what a beautiful archive: Oscar Hammerstein’s letters reveal his many sides

Oh, what a beautiful archive: Oscar Hammerstein’s letters reveal his many sides

When you’ve written the lyrics to 850 songs, including standards from such transformative Broadway classics as Show Boat, South Pacific and Oklahoma!, you might well be tempted to put down your pen on occasion. But the 1088-page volume The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II establishes that lyricist/librettist Hammerstein rarely did that. The book’s editor, Mark … Read more

Interview: Sacramento Pride Festival returns in-person this weekend

After two years, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center will again hold the Sacramento Pride festival in person this weekend. This year’s Pride celebration comes at a poignant time after a wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation has been either introduced or signed into law across the country. According to the Human Rights Campaign, more than 300 of … Read more

These are the movies NPR critics are looking forward to this summer

Just like there’s too much TV to keep track of, the summer movie slate is jam-packed after years of pandemic-induced disruption. As temperatures get hotter, burgers, bat mitzvahs and Baz Luhrmann are headed to the big screen. Here’s what NPR critics have their eyes on, in order of release date. The Bob’s Burgers Movie In … Read more

What to say to kids when the news is scary

These events can be incomprehensible for adults — so how do we talk about them with kids? We spoke with a handful of child development experts about what parents, teachers and other caregivers can say to help kids process all the scary news out there. Here’s what they had to say: “We can control the … Read more

Museums turn to immersive tech to preserve the stories of aging Holocaust survivors

Most Holocaust survivors are in their 80s or 90s. With every year, fewer remain to tell us their stories. So museums and archives are using advanced technologies to preserve their testimonies and introduce them to new generations. For example, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, you can slip on a virtual … Read more

Downtown Sacramento shooting: What we know and latest updates

Latest updates April 4, 2:52 pm: Homeless woman one of those killed in K Street shooting Melinda Davis, a 57-year-old homeless woman, was among the six people shot and killed in downtown Sacramento early Sunday morning. Davis had been a frequent guest at Loaves and Fishes, a nearby homeless services center. Shannon Dominguez-Stevens, who works … Read more

As California expands Medi-Cal, hundreds of thousands of immigrants will still be left behind

By Ana B. Ibarra, CalMatters Lucia Marroquin knows what it’s like to wait out pain in hopes that it will go away on its own. She is suffering from kidney stones and may need surgery. But because she lacks health coverage, her first question when she falls ill is always “how much will that cost … Read more