When it comes to Dutch painters, Rembrandt and Vermeer are the best known. But have you ever heard of Gabriel Metsu? Vermeer and Metsu were contemporaries, but Metsu was the star in the Golden Age of Dutch painting during the 17th century — and long afterward.
"Metsu was still the top boy in the 19th century," says David Jaffe of the National Gallery in London. "Vermeer is a very early 20th-century discovery."
The International Monetary Fund board is seeking to contact its managing director to hear his side of the story, but Dominique Strauss-Kahn sits in a solitary cell at Rikers Island, N.Y., isolated for his own protection, and under a routine suicide watch.
At the Umlazi cemetery on the outskirts of the South African city of Durban, Xolile Mahanjana wades through the knee-high grass. Rolling green hills extend around him and a set of power lines runs overhead. He leans forward and sweeps aside the grass with his hands, trying to locate his mother's grave.
"It was between this one and that cross over there," he says, "which means it's here."
One thing Republicans and Democrats have learned in recent years is how to use Medicare to attack the other party. Republicans say Democrats will ruin the program by letting it go bankrupt, while Democrats say the GOP wants to abolish the program altogether.
It's hard for voters to sort out who's telling the truth, and even harder to tell which party will have an advantage on the issue in 2012.
Part of a serieson young people and financial literacy
Personal finance websites such as Mint.com have gained fans for helping people sort out where their money goes. They can be a great way to track your savings, says Joan Goldwasser, a senior reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
Morning Edition asked me to do a story about how technology has shaped generational shifts in financial literacy. I didn't want to do it, for reasons that will become clear shortly. But first, let's take the case of Sarah Marczynski and her father, Robert. Sarah, 23, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga last week.
Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, checks in again with the recommended-reading feature Morning Editionlikes to call Word of Mouth.
This month, Brown selects a book and pair of articles that take us through life — from creating it and raising children, to growing up an only child, to a writer's reflections on his battle with cancer.
Job seekers across the nation might be begging for work, but in Aberdeen, S.D., the unemployment rate is about four percent — less than half the nation's jobless rate. And many employers just can't find the workers they need.
Aberdeen's current economic surge isn't the first for this city of 26,000 in northeast South Dakota. The town got its nickname — the Hub City — because eight railroad lines once radiated from Aberdeen to major markets, hauling homesteaders' harvests.
If the U.S. flag in this photo looks a little improvised, it's because it is. In Benghazi, Libya, anti-Gadhafi rebels are eager to fly the flags of countries friendly to their cause: Qatar, Italy, France and the United States. The trouble is, the American flag is not exactly an off-the-shelf consumer item in Libyan stores. So these are homemade. This one has only eleven stripes, but it still makes its point.
These flags are outside the Tibesty Hotel, which is the main crossroads for rebel officials, international envoys and aid groups (not to mention journalists).