For some, writing is best tackled in solitude. For others, linguistic discoveries are best made with a little ambient noise in the background. Today, Amtrak named 24 writers who will get free access to the sounds of human chatter and the whir of landscapes rushing past as the background to a short-term residency. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak employee hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades to obtain confidential information it could have gotten for free, according to internal investigators at the railroad.
There’s something romantic about train travel. The stillness aboard as the landscape swiftly changes outside your window, passengers and places coming and going along the way. For many, those cramped train cars come with extra room for creativity. When writer Alexander Chee said in a recent interview that trains are his favorite place for his craft, he mused that Amtrak should offer up residencies for writers in need of a creative space. Continue reading
The polar vortex held its grip over the U.S., bringing frigid winds to places accustomed to cold winters and even sending ice and snow into the Deep South. The record negative temperatures caused some towns in Indiana to lose power and stranded train passengers near Chicago. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading