Crime & Justice

The Many Rabbit Holes (Or Should We Say Labyrinths) Of 'Serial'

The thing about Serial and its endless rabbit holes is that no matter how you view the podcast, there's an endless supply of avenues you can explore and different conversations you can have.

New Era For Cuba? Voices From Miami And Havana

In Miami, home of the largest Cuban diaspora, two generations faced off on the streets. In Havana, demonstrators spoke of hope.

Morning Edition

With Sony Hack, Nation State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt

U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.

Morning Edition

At An Isolated Camp, Iraqi Police Prep For A Showdown With ISIS

Iraqi security forces are training with the goal of reclaiming territory lost to the Islamic State. Police at a camp near the front line say such a battle would be personal.

Morning Edition

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

Both Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson end their late night TV shows this week. Colbert is getting a boatload of attention as he moves to succeed David Letterman, but Ferguson deserves some too.

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers'

Arizona's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the state from having to issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.

S.C. Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr."

U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.

Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.

All Things Considered

Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has led to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Due In Court For 1st Time In 18 Months

December 18, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will appear for a pre-trial hearing this morning before his federal terrorism case begins January 5.

Boston Man Sentenced For Forcing Teen Into Prostitution

December 18, 2014

Mark Pinnock has been sentenced to eight years in prison for forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.

Massachusetts Uber Driver Accused Of Rape

December 18, 2014
Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions. (Getty Images)

Investigators say the driver picked up the woman in Boston on Dec. 6. She had summoned an Uber driver to take her to her Cambridge home.

14 Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014

Fourteen former employees or associates of the New England Compounding Center were arrested Wednesday on charges related to tainted steroids the Framingham pharmacy produced in 2012 that killed 64 people across the country and injured 751, some permanently.

New Hampshire Man Indicted On Sex, Kidnap Charges

December 17, 2014
Nathaniel Kibby stands during his arraignment Tuesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Nathaniel Kibby faces more than 200 counts charging him with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from high school last year, imprisoning her and sexually assaulting her over nine months.

Pharmaceutical Fraud: 14 Accused Of Causing Meningitis Deaths

December 17, 2014
Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey speaks at a news conference outside the New England Compounding Center in Framingham on Nov. 1, 2012 soon after the nationwide meningitis outbreak began. (AP / Elise Amendola)

An investigation on the 14 arrests of founders and NECC employees who knowingly compounded, mislabeled, and distributed contaminated medication that killed 64 people in 20 states.

Mass. Council Approves 3 Clemency Requests

December 17, 2014
Deanne Hamilton appears before the Governor's Council earlier this month in her bid for clemency. (Andy Metzger/State House News Service)

The Governor’s Council has commuted the sentence of a former Brockton woman and granted pardons to two other people, marking the first clemency votes in Massachusetts in more than a decade.

In The Media: Torture By Any Other Name

December 17, 2014
A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses how language choice in the media can frame the way we think about a subject.

The Man Behind The School Attack In Pakistan

December 17, 2014
This frame grab taken from 2008 video footage shows Maulana Fazlullah of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, speaking with local journalists in the Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley. The Pakistani Taliban on November 7, 2013, elected Maulana Fazlullah as their new chief. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban is a man named Maulana Fazlullah, but he’s better known as “Mullah Radio.”

Movie Theatres Drop Plans To Run ‘The Interview’

December 17, 2014
Seth Rogen, James Franco and Randall Park are pictured on the set of "The Interview." (Sony Pictures)

Security fears spurred Sony to let theater chains cancel showings of the movie, which is about a CIA plot to kill North Korea’s leader.

A Deadly Taliban Attack On A Pakistani School

December 17, 2014
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

14 Charged For Roles In Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014
In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo a Food and Drug Administration Agent stands at the doorway of New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. (Bill Sikes/AP)

Fourteen owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide.

Blackstone Mother Charged With Murder

December 16, 2014
Erika Murray is escorted into a courtroom for her arraignment at Uxbridge District Court in Uxbridge on Sept. 12. (Paul Kapteyn/AP/Pool)

Erika Murray was earlier charged with fetal death concealment after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home in September.

The Hunt For Afghan War Criminals

December 16, 2014
Documents collected by Dutch prosecutors pursuing Afghan war criminals. (BBC)

Dutch prosecutors are preparing cases against several Afghans believed to be living in Europe. Some of the crimes date back 30 years.

Appeals Court Overturns Sex-Change For Inmate

December 16, 2014

A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

Questions And Mourning After Sydney Cafe Siege

December 16, 2014
A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.(Steve Christo/AP)

Australians are mourning the two hostages killed in a 16-hour siege at a cafe, and asking how the attack happened.

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