All Things Considered

The Synod Could Be The Defining Moment Of Francis' Papacy

Sunday is the first day of a three-week meeting of Catholic bishops to tackle questions of marriage, divorce and homosexuality — issues that go to the heart of what it means to be a Catholic.

All Things Considered

Chaffetz Leaps Into Race To Succeed Boehner As Speaker

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced he will run for speaker of the House, challenging GOP majority leader Kevin McCarthy to become the successor to outgoing Speaker John Boehner.

Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz Airstrike Was 'War Crime'

A hospital was hit while U.S. forces were conducting an airstrike in the Afghan city; the aid group says 22 people were killed. NATO has said that it will conduct an investigation into the attack.

As Chaffetz Jumps In, Race For House Speaker Turns Competitive

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's a better choice for the job than Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Flotsam In Area Where Cargo Ship Went Missing, Coast Guard Says

Authorities lost contact with the El Faro, a 790-foot cargo vessel, after it sent an satellite distress message amid hurricane-force winds and waves in the Bahamas.

Weekend Edition Sunday

In Remote Colombia, Prospects For Peace Are Clouded By Corruption

The country's president and insurgents have pledged to sign a treaty, ending the Americas' longest-running conflict. But peace relies on small-town mayors, whose campaigns are often founded on favors.

South Carolina Gov.: Flooding At 1,000-Year Level

The major hurricane is likely to reach the Atlantic island of Bermuda by about midnight. Meanwhile, it is fueling heavy rain and "catastrophic flooding" in South Carolina.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Revisiting The Political Challenge Of Gun Control

The recent shooting in Oregon prompted the president to again call for action on gun control. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin on the uphill battle to pass new legislation.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Oregon Community Grapples With Aftermath Of College Shooting

The community of Roseburg, Ore., struggles to come to terms with the mass shooting that killed nine last week, and police continue to investigate what motivated the shooter.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

Cinderella pumpkins just don't cut it for fall decor anymore. Squash and gourds come in all sorts of colors and sizes — and as far as consumers are concerned, the stranger, the better.

Study: Chemo Unnecessary In Many Cases Of Early-Stage Breast Cancer

October 2, 2015
Cancer patient Terry Meyer reads a book while receiving chemotherapy treatment on June 21, 2006 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new study finds that many women with early stage breast cancer don’t benefit from chemotherapy.

Fishing For Gold After Viral Video Fame

October 2, 2015
Leanne Bergin (left) is helping her brother Michael Bergin (right) manage his viral video fame. (Courtesy of Leanne Bergin)

The video of a Boston-area man’s incredulous and expletive-laden discovery of a sunfish has gone viral. What happens now?

Oregon Mass Shooting, #ShoutYourAbortion Reverberate On Social Media

October 2, 2015

Mike Barry discusses how the shooting is reverberating on social media. He also discusses the “shout your abortion” campaign.

Cereal Cafe Sparks Protest

October 2, 2015
A member of staff of the Cereal Killer Cafe helps point out to a customer the range of cereals available, from U.S. favorites to European gluten free organics, at the cafe in Brick Lane, London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. The Cereal Killer Cafe has drawn both derision and big crowds since it opened nine months ago, offering a cornucopia of flakes, pops and puffs from about 3 pounds ($4.50) a bowl. Now it has attracted the ire of anti-gentrification protesters, who last week surrounded the business with flaming torches and scrawled "scum" on its windows as customers sheltered in the basement. (Alastair Grant/AP)

A cafe in East London that serves cereal for about 2.50 to 6 pounds ($4.50 to $9) a bowl has become a symbol of gentrification.

What’s It Like To Work On SNL

October 2, 2015
Cecily Strong (left) is a current member of Saturday night live, and Laraine Newman (right) was an original cast member. (Stephen Lovekin and Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

“Saturday Night Live” kicks off its 41st season this weekend. We revisit our conversations with Cecily Strong and Laraine Newman.

Treatment Is Good, Prevention Is Better: How Best To Keep Our Kids Off Drugs

October 2, 2015
A pediatrician who directs an adolescent substance abuse program and a state senator join forces in support of a bill to screen and counsel 7th and 10th graders about the dangers of drug use and abuse. (Ryan Tauss/Unsplash)

A pediatrician who directs an adolescent substance abuse program and a state senator join forces in support of a bill to screen and counsel 7th and 10th graders about the dangers of drug use and abuse.

The Problem Of Living In The Past

October 2, 2015
Sarah Chrisman would have us believe that life in Victorian times was better. Whose, life, exactly? Not women's. (Strohmeyer & Wyman/ Library of Congress, flickr)

Sarah Chrisman would have us believe that life in Victorian times was better. Whose, life, exactly? Not women’s.

What Does It Mean To Raise A Spiritual Child?

October 1, 2015
A father and son walk on the beach at sunset with a freighter in the distance. (bluecorvette/Flickr)

Psychologist Lisa Miller discusses the scientific link between spirituality and health, and how it relates to children.

Stand Up. Right Now.

October 1, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

Bard At The Bar: Shakespeare-Inspired Cocktail Recipes

September 30, 2015
Michelle Ephraim (left) and Caroline Bicks are the authors of "Shakespeare, Not Stirred." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Two English professors and longtime friends got the idea for “Shakespeare, Not Stirred” while having a drink together.

Healing The Body, Along With The Mind

September 30, 2015
Yoga in the mountains of New Zealand. (Tomas Sobek/Flickr)

A renowned trauma expert says yoga and mindfulness techniques can help people recover from PTSD.

How To Stay Sharp As You Age

September 30, 2015
Doing crossword puzzles is one of many things that can help keep the brain agile. (Pixabay)

A psychiatrist and a psychologist have come up with nine keys to keeping an agile mind, including curiosity.

New Trends In American Immigration

September 30, 2015
Ricky Checo, center, of the Dominican Republic, takes the oath of allegiance along with other immigrants during a citizenship ceremony at Liberty State Park, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J.  (AP)

Asians are now number one in immigration to the USA. We’ll look at who’s coming, where they’re going and their imprint on the country.

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope Francis Is ‘Taking Steps To Move Us In The Right Direction’ On Sex Abuse

September 29, 2015
In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis, right, talks with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, of Boston, as they arrive for a special consistory in the Synod Hall at the Vatican. (Andrew Medichini/AP/File)

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Pope Francis is committed to a “massive” process of educating bishops about how to deal with sexual abuse by priests, and removing them when necessary.

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Focuses On Immigrant Education

September 29, 2015
Juan Salgado, CEO of Instituto Del Progreso Latino, at his office in Chicago, Tuesday, September 15, 2015. (Photo by Peter Wynn Thompson for John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Juan Salgado is one of 24 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” who will each receive $625,000 over five years.

Recapturing The Magic With John Cleese

September 29, 2015
John Cleese attends the Monty Python Press Conference during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

The legendary British funnyman and Robin Young attempt to reenact their interview that wasn’t recorded.

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