Why are more people nearsighted today than ever? Researchers say all the time we spend indoors and away from the sun is making our vision worse. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt. She and co-author Sam Wang wrote about the issue in their upcoming book, Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College.
Many economists say housing prices won't start to recover until 2014. Even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the market may be worse than anyone had thought. Still, there may be glimmers of hope as policy makers try to think up new ways to help struggling homeowners avoid going into foreclosure, and help investors buy up those properties that already are in foreclosure. NPR's Chris Arnold visits a foreclosure auction to find out what's happening.
Egypt's precarious transition to democracy is threatened by the continued use of military trials against civilians, three-decades-old emergency laws, press restrictions and other repressive practices leftover from the old regime. That's the conclusion of the head of the rights group Amnesty International as he wrapped up a multi-day visit to Egypt Sunday. From Cairo, NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.
In Libya, the area controlled by Libya leader Moammar Gadhafi is showing the strains caused by NATO's embargo and bombing campaign. The once-prosperous oil-producing country is importing food and even fuel from neighboring Tunisia. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from western Libya that Gadhafi's government is also cracking down harder on foreign journalists who are covering the situation.
The Souris River is cresting in the town of Minot, N.D. The water has reached more than 6 feet above major flood levels, breaking the record set back in 1881. Residents have been forced out of their homes, thousands of which have been damaged. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.
The mayor of the high desert town of Lancaster, Calif., says he believes he's found the solution to bringing down crime and making people in the city generally happier and less stressed. He's piping in new age music and bird songs all around downtown. Residents are not necessarily happy. Gloria Hillard reports.
Wimbledon isn't the only big tournament to captivate the sports world this summer. Soccer fans will have three weeks worth of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, starting Sunday. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The United States and its partners in the International Energy Agency will release 60 million barrels of oil onto the world market over the next 30 days. It's part of a plan to compensate for losses of a high-quality grade of oil produced by Libya. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with Daniel Yergin, a longtime observer of energy policy and chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
Raising money has also been tough for little-known Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson. The former New Mexico governor has called his own fundraising pathetic. Johnson is hoping to jump-start his campaign at a unique political event winding down now in the mountains of New Hampshire. It is the Porcupine Freedom Festival, or Porcfest, and it's an offshoot of the Free State Project, a movement to colonize the Live Free or Die state with people who believe government should do no more than protect individual rights.