How does the U.S. destroy the self-declared Islamic State without aiding the Syrian regime? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christopher Harmer of the Institute for the Study of War about options.
A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.
Scotland has a proud national tradition of poetry. Days after a historic referendum on independence, we look at how poems by Scottish writers can help us better understand this moment.
Maajid Nawaz used to be a recruiter for an extreme Islamist group in the United Kingdom. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nawaz about how the recruiting process works, and how it can be thwarted.
Scottish author Ewan Morrison started out campaigning for the "yes" vote in the independence referendum, but ended up in the "no" camp. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what made him make the jump.
The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.
A nugget of joy in the battle against Ebola: A little boy infected with the virus dances his way through treatment — and he's really good.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.
Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week's Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission received hundreds of negative comments about the proposal. Staff of the commissioners deciding on the new regulations have advised against it.
The government in Sierra Leone has placed the nation under lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of Ebola.
An anti-casino group earlier Wednesday suggested holding a debate between now and the Nov. 4 election, when voters will decide on a ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law.
The Federal Reserve says it plans to keep interest rates near zero because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.
Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts.
Both proposals promise a cheap, virtually unlimited supply of natural gas. However, critics say it could be too much.
The White House will announce measures to phase out R-134a, a popular chemical coolant used in air conditioners and refrigerators.