Tell Me More editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin comb through listener feedback from a recent conversation about teen sex, social media and the law. They give updates on new guidelines for crack sentencing and real-life superhero Phoenix Jones. They also pay tribute to Motown music director George Rountree, who died Sunday.
MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barber Shop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.
Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are author, Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and author, Arsalan Iftikhar, TV and media critic, Eric Deggans, and syndicated columnist, Ruben Navarrette.
Take it away, Jimi.
JIMI IZRAEL: Thanks, Michel. Hey, fellows, welcome to the shop. How we doing?
Julius Hemphill's "Dogon A.D." — the 15-minute piece, and the album that's named for it — was one of the startling jazz recordings of the 1970s, a rethinking of possibilities open to the avant-garde. In the 1960s, free jazz was mostly loud and bashing, until some Chicagoans began playing a more open, quieter improvised music. That inspired St. Louis players like Hemphill, who also had ties to heartland rhythm-and-blues scenes. Hemphill's genius was to combine the Chicagoans' dramatically spare sound with a heavy backbeat. His new urban music smacked of old country blues.
<em>Hoodia gordonii</em> plants like this one have been used by generations of bushmen in Southern Africa's Kalahari desert as an appetite suppressant. But the Federal Trade Commission isn't sold on that idea.
Hoodia may not help you lose weight. But the supplement, derived from an African plant, may help you lose your vacation house, if you're marketing the stuff with claims that go too far in the eyes of regulators.
The Federal Trade Commission said it has reached a settlement with David J. Romeo and two companies he controlled that bans them from "making any weight-loss claims while marketing foods, drugs, and dietary supplements."