Siri, Who Is Siri?

“When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest it was a little creepy.” That’s Susan C. Bennett, identified today by CNN as the voice of Siri, Apple’s talking virtual assistant. At least she was the voice of Siri in the United States before two different voices began to replace her as part of Apple’s new operating system. Apple won’t confirm the news, but CNN enlisted a vocal forensics expert, who is “100 percent” certain that Bennett is …

Things You Might Not Know About MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And, for many people, the day is intensely personal. Historic images and audio from Martin Luther King Jr.’s electrifying address I recently talked with some of those who were there that steamy day a half-century ago. (Here’s the story I wrote about them for the AARP Bulletin.) Among them: a woman who, as a young girl, was captured in a photograph that has …

At the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton Wades Into the Fray Over the $716 Billion in Medicare ‘Cuts’

Former President Bill Clinton always reveled in his position as explainer-in-chief, and he reprised the role at the Democratic National Convention last night with a plain-spoken account of the running battle over $716 billion of “cuts” to Medicare. In speeches at the GOP convention in Tampa last week, the top of the party’s ticket repeated claims that Democrats raided the Medicare program to fund President Obama’s health care law. At the podium in Charlotte, Clinton alternated between comedian and schoolteacher …

Living Up To Expectations

After President Obama’s inaugual address many Americans have high expecations. How have we lived up to past addresses?