Policy

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.

Gold-Plated Gowns And 8-inch Pumps: The Stuff That Made Starlets Shimmer

Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood's golden age.

Thailand Blocks Access To Damaging Human Rights Report

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said this week that six months after a coup toppled the country's elected government, the regime arrests its opponents and censors the media.

All Things Considered

In A Land Of Few Christians, Pope Will Reach Out To Muslims In Turkey

Pope Francis will meet with Turkey's Muslim leaders and the head of the Orthodox Church in what may be the most challenging trip of his young papacy.

WTO Members Approve Historic Trade Deal

The World Trade Organization's 160 members unanimously approved a first-ever multilateral trade deal which the group believes will boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually.

All Things Considered

Sun, Sand And Offshore Drilling In Spain's Famed Canary Islands

Highly reliant on oil imports, Spain's government is encouraging oil exploration off the coast of the Canary Islands. But locals say the drilling threatens the natural attractions that draw tourists.

Indian Investigators Deny Village Girls Were Raped, Murdered

Villagers said the two "untouchable" caste girls were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in May, but the country's equivalent of the FBI now says there was no rape and that they hanged themselves.

Morning Edition

For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.

Attacks In The Afghan Capital Kill 5

A suicide bomb attack on a British diplomatic vehicle killed five people, including a British national. Later, a blast and gunfire were heard in the city's diplomatic area.

Texas Sheriff Expects Fewer Deportations

November 26, 2014
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, pictured here at a news conference on Jan. 25, 2013, says he expects fewer deportations — and thinks that's a good thing. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Sheriff Adrian Garcia says fewer deportations, as a result of the president’s executive actions, are a good thing.

Rare And Risky U.S. Raid Frees Hostages In Yemen

November 26, 2014

Yemeni officials say the freed captives were six Yemeni citizens, a Saudi and an Ethiopian.

Is Washington, D.C. The Next Tech Mecca?

November 26, 2014
D.C. is planning a massive "Innovation Hub" at the St. Elizabeths East Campus in Ward 8. (D.C. Government)

The nation’s capital may be transforming from a government town to a technology hub, thanks in part to incentives for tech businesses.

UC President Janet Napolitano Says Tuition Must Rise

November 26, 2014
University of California President Janet Napolitano gestures while speaking to a reporter Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Marking her one-year anniversary as leader of the 10-campus public college system, the former Homeland Security secretary said she shares the concerns of Californians who watched the percentage of nonresidents accepted rise sharply during the recession and that UC needs to look at whether it has struck “the right balance” between those higher-paying students and in-state students whose educations are partially funded by the state. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Napolitano defends the planned tuition increases, which some students and lawmakers say are too steep.

Lessons Of Ferguson For Massachusetts

November 25, 2014
Carol Rose: "If you don’t think what happened in Ferguson can happen here, think again." Pictured: Police officers guard as protesters react to the announcement of the grand jury decision, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (David Goldman/AP)

If you don’t think what happened in Ferguson can happen here, think again.

After Grand Jury Declines To Indict, Ferguson Responds

November 25, 2014
A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shuttered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

Grand Jury decision out of Ferguson — no indictment. We’re on the ground with the latest details and reaction.

Baker Interview: On Immigration, Sex Assault On College Campuses, Tolls

November 25, 2014
Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, in the WBUR studios Monday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We interview the governor-elect as he continues to staff his upcoming administration.

President Obama's Go-It-Alone Strategy

November 25, 2014
John Sivolella: The absence of Congress in critical policy making can be dangerous, and its consequences may become evident soon. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The absence of Congress in critical policy making can be dangerous, and its consequences may become evident soon.

Activists Protest Proposed Pipeline Expansion In Massachusetts

November 24, 2014
Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common July 30, 2014. Energy company Kinder Morgan has proposed the $3.75 billion extension of its northeast pipeline through Massachusetts. (Charles Krupa/AP)

In recent weeks, activists from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the “Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit” at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fitchberg, and more summits are planned throughout Massachusetts for the month of December and beyond.

Jose Antonio Vargas May Soon Become Documented Immigrant

November 24, 2014
'Documented' director Jose Antonio Vargas poses following a panel discussion at the 17th Annual Savannah Film Festival on October 31, 2014 in Savannah, Georgia. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

The activist and journalist is one of the undocumented immigrants expected to receive protection from deportation.

Living 'Hand To Mouth' In Modern American Poverty

November 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

Encryption: Tech Companies And The Government At Odds Over Personal Privacy

November 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Sen. Warren On A Trip To The Middle East

November 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

It’s reportedly her first trip abroad as senator. She will be traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

Baker Chooses Lepore For Top Finance Post

November 24, 2014

Governor-elect Charlie Baker is poised to name business advocate Kristen Lepore to head his finance office, according to people familiar with the decision.

Cosby Rape Allegations: It’s Time To End The Statute Of Limitations In Sexual Assault Cases

November 24, 2014
Eileen McNamara: Why should a rape victim's access to the courthouse depend on when the crime was committed? This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows Bill Cosby speaking in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Why should a rape victim’s access to the courthouse depend on when the crime was committed?

Reasons For Hope — And Caution — In Obama’s Immigration Announcement

November 21, 2014
Carol Rose and Laura Rótolo: "[President Obama's immigration plan] has several components, and while some take very important steps in the right direction and give cause for celebration, others are cause for concern." Pictured: Katherine Asuncion and Cairo Mendes watch President Obama’s televised address to the nation announcing his executive action on immigration at the Student Immigrant Movement offices in Boston, Mass. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

President Obama’s immigration plan has several components, and while some take very important steps in the right direction and give cause for celebration, others are cause for concern.

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