In his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, author Anthony Marra takes readers to Chechnya. Set amid daily violence, Marra follows a landscape where people disappear, informers betray and those with humanity endure great hardships.
Income and wealth inequality is just about as American as baseball and apple pie, and though in the past few years our economy has improved, the unemployment rate for black Americans, now 13.2 percent, is about double that for white Americans.
One of Keith Carradine's most famous roles in recent years was as Wild Bill Hickok on the HBO TV show, Deadwood. But Carradine is also a musician, and it was a song that jump-started his career — and another that drew him to his latest Broadway role.
This past week, President Obama laid out the foreign policy objectives for the remainder of his time in office, a speech that included his wish to end not just the war in Afghanistan but the "war on terror." Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic.
Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden speaks with Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution about the Espionage Act. This Word War I-era legislation has been used more frequently in recent times to prosecute government employees who leak information to the press, but the limits set by the act are poorly defined for our modern age.
NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Snowflake by Winona Wendth of Lancaster, Mass., and Geometry by Eugenie Montague of Los Angeles.
In the aftermath of the destruction in Moore, Okla., residents throughout Tornado Alley want storm shelters installed in schools. Some schools in the region already have them, but funding to build new ones is hard to come by. mp3 file |