Life

Arab Airstrikes Against Yemen Reportedly Could Continue For Months

At a summit in Egypt, the embattled Yemeni President Abdel Raboo Mansour Hadi also described Houthi rebels as "puppet of Iran."

Amid Violence, Nigerians Go To The Polls To Choose A President

Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari in what is being described as the closest contest in the history of the West African country.

Pilot Who Downed Airliner Vowed 'To Do Something' To Be Remembered

Andreas Lubitz is believed to have locked the pilot of the Germanwings Flight 4U 9524 out of the cockpit before deliberately putting the aircraft into a fatal descent.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

A potential nuclear deal with Iran would have big implications for national politics in both the U.S. and Iran. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Najmeh Bozorgmehr of the Financial Times about the talks.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum

A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on Yemen for the third night in a row. NPR's Scott Simon talks about the crisis in Yemen and what led up to it with the former U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Germanwings Pilot Had Extensive Medical History

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Matthias Gebauer of Der Spiegel about the co-pilot who investigators say deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps this week.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

German authorities now say the co-pilot who brought down the Germanwings aircraft hid an illness from his employers. These reports have raised concerns about the mental health screening of pilots.

Weekend Edition Saturday

In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord

In Argentina these days no one talks politics. It's not because no one cares but rather because one stray word can lose you a friend or a family member.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.

Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

March 27, 2015
Alissa Quart is an author, a journalist and most recently, a poet. (alissaquart.com)

Alissa Quart’s first book of poetry is both personal and universal – inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

Writing To Heal From Trauma: Women Pen Memoirs With Help From Michael Patrick MacDonald

March 27, 2015
Four of the women who took part in the "Close to Home" memoirs project, including Jennifer McCall, left. (Courtesy Crittenton Women's Union/Richard Howard Photography)

A program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing.

Birkenstock Design Has Staying Power

March 27, 2015
Birkenstock is updating its designs with trendy colors, leather insoles and, of course, faux fur. Have you heard of "Furkenstocks"? (urbanoutfitters.com)

The company is updating its designs with trendy colors, leather insoles and, of course, faux fur. Have you heard of “Furkenstocks”?

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It’s Full Of Horror Movies

March 27, 2015
Most of the 2,700 or so VHS tapes acquired by Yale University are horror films. The new archive will be first of its kind at an academic institution. (Courtesy of Yale)

“Silent Night, Deadly Night,” “Stripped to Kill” and “The Last Slumber Party” – all from the 80s – are a few of the titles.

How To Get Fit, For Less

March 27, 2015
Members of  a November Project 'tribe' pause during a November 2014 workout. (Brogan Graham / Instagram)

Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you’ll want to do.

The Dark Of A War’s Long Shadow, The Light Of A Veteran’s Long Life

March 27, 2015
A daughter remembers her father's long, full life and  the war that almost took it. (Sarah Macmillan/flickr)

A daughter remembers her father’s long, full life and the war that almost took it.

Noah Baumbach On Middle Age And ‘While We’re Young’

March 26, 2015
Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller star in "While We're Young."

In the writer-director’s new film, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts’ characters befriend a younger, free-spirited couple.

Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already

March 26, 2015
A child walks through a forest landscape. (Rudolf Vlček / Flickr)

American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the “wild child.”

To My Selfie-Obsessed Fellow Travelers, An Apology — And A Plea

March 26, 2015
Whether capturing the sights or ourselves at the sites, we brand ourselves through the pictures we take. (stefanedberg/flickr)

Whether capturing the sights or ourselves at the sites, we brand ourselves through the pictures we take.

Flapjacks And Flops: Why The Jokes At The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Were Beside The Point

March 26, 2015
Jimmy Tingle: "How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?" Pictured: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was among local, state and federal officials to celebrate the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast on March 15, 2015, hosted by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.
(City of Boston Mayor's Office/flickr)

How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?

Is Boston On Its Way To Becoming Kid-Free?

March 25, 2015
Children enjoying the 2014 Kids Pumpkin Festival on Boston Common. (Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr)

Is Boston on its way to becoming kid-free? We speak to a co-authors of a CommonWealth Magazine article that explores the sharp decline in school-aged children in Boston.

From The Battle Field To The Farm Field

March 25, 2015
Air Force veteran Sara Creech moved from Florida to a 43-acre farm in North Salem, Ind., to build Blue Yonder Organic Farm. (John Wendle for Harvest Public Media)

In recent years, thousands of veterans have showed an interest in farming as a way to find peace and purpose.

Indiana Governor To Sign Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

March 25, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gives a speech in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Conroy/AP)

The measure aims to protect business owners who say it violates their beliefs to serve gay couples. Critics say it allows discrimination.

With New App, StoryCorps Hopes To ‘Collect The Wisdom Of Humanity’

March 25, 2015
(Screenshot from storycorps.me)

The app will allow anyone with access to a smartphone to record a conversation and submit it to the oral history project’s archive.

Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet

March 25, 2015
This June 11, 2014 file photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network’s Messenger app, the company announced Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP)

“Tap and pay”: mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We’ll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money.

Boston Will Install Protected Bike Lanes On Commonwealth Avenue

March 25, 2015
Cyclists ride down Commonwealth Avenue on Wednesday morning. Under a city plan, this section of the busy road would have protected bike lanes. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Cyclists seeking safer roads in Boston are praising the city’s plan to install a 6.5-foot wide bicycle lane along one of city’s busiest corridors.

Most Popular