-- Scott Carrier on Salt Lake City:

I've tried to leave, many times, but I always come back. Now, after living here for nearly 50 years, I'm starting to realize I need to see these mountains, the central Wasatch. Lone Peak, Twin Peaks, Mt. Olympus. I need to watch how they change shape with the light in order for my mind to stay calm. On a clear morning after a snow storm they rise up like a wave about to crash down on the city, in the summer haze they are so small and far away. Up there with tundra grass and mountain goats, limber pines on the ridge lines, walls of white granite 800 feet tall that turn the sky beyond dark blue. I need to be up there, looking back down on the city, with skis attached to my feet, in order to feel at home.

-- This American Life on Chicago's first black mayor.

-- "Can one of the nation's best violinists break through the fog of a DC rush hour?"

-- The invention that transformed cities as much as any other.

-- Images from Kansas City, MO.

-- 24 hours at a Chicago diner.