"We've seen the future, and it's Texas," writes New York Times columnist Gail Collins in her latest book, "As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda." Collins looks at the political influence the state has had on American politics. Television Icon Andy Griffith passed away this morning at the age of 86. We remember his life and impact on entertainment. And, getting contact lenses is pretty simple, but what if you are more than 10 feet tall and weigh around 12,000 pounds? An elephant in the North Carolina Zoo is getting his eyes checked. And NPR music critic Ann Powers is back for New Music Tuesday.