The Tsugaru shamisen is a traditonal Japanese stringed instrument that looks like a remote cousin of the banjo, with a very long neck. Two Japanese brothers are investing their talent into keeping the Tsugaru shamisen alive and well.
China has a middle class of some 300 million people. And more and more of them are traveling internationally. As the World's Jason Margolis found out in Massachusetts, American states are increasingly trying to market themselves to Chinese tourists.
South Africa's Ernst van Dyk, nine time winner of the wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon, describes the events as he experienced them leading up to and after the bombings near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon.