Composer/lyricist Robert Sherman (left) and his brother Richard stand next to the car used in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The brothers wrote the songs for the movie, as well as a musical version that began running in 2002.
Robert Sherman — one half of the songwriting team behind Disney movies and major hit musicals — has died. He was 86. The Oscar-winning Sherman Brothers, Robert and Richard, wrote some of the most enduring Disney songs of all time. Their output was astounding: Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Aristocats.
John Lasseter, of Pixar and Disney, once said, "You cannot forget a Sherman brothers song for your life."
Compared to the casualness with which Lindsey Buckingham attended to the first 25 years of his solo career, the past six years have seen a flurry of activity. That goes not just for the speed with which he's churned out his last three albums, but also for the bulk of material they contain.
Pakistani tribesmen shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest in Islamabad on Feb. 25, 2012, against U.S. drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region. Obama confirmed that drones target Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants on Pakistani soil, but American officials do not discuss details of the covert program.
Pir Zubair Shah is a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
"We don't even sit together to chat anymore," the Taliban fighter told me, his voice hoarse as he combed his beard with his fingers. We were talking in a safe house in Peshawar as the fighter and one of his comrades sketched a picture of life on the run in the borderlands of Waziristan. The deadly American drones buzzing overhead, the two men said, had changed everything for al Qaeda and its local allies.