It's summer blockbuster time. Just put down that copy of 100 Years of Solitude and give in. Mutants, Giant Robots, Exploding Planets and Evil Supervillains: this is what makes America great.
The question of the day is this – How good was X-Men: First Class? My son and I just saw it and both thought it was excellent. With its perfect pitch retro 60s look and feel (even down to the "X" graphics at the films end) and some superb superhero acting (Michael Fassbender as Magneto) the film has something for both comic book geeksters and ordinary folk.
Now that we have handheld devices to do everything for us, it's hard to imagine the days when one computer filled a whole room.
Decades before today's microprocessors, the first commercially available computer used magnetic tape and 5,600 vacuum tubes. It weighed thousands of pounds and measured 25 by 50 feet. UNIVAC, short for Universal Automatic Computer, was put into service 60 years ago this week.
Fridays in Riyadh are usually slow and lazy, as the sprawling city only begins to wake up after the noon prayers. But this past Friday, a women's rights issue that's been brewing for decades spilled onto the streets.
Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has died at the age of 69. He was hospitalized a week ago after suffering a stroke. Guest host Jacki Lyden has a remembrance.
The NBA finals delivered some great basketball this year, but it may be the last professional basketball we see for a while. The NBA and its players' union are miles apart when it comes to a new contract. As NPR's Tom Goldman reports, parts or all of next season may be in jeopardy due to an NFL-style lockout.
In Wisconsin, the partisan fight over public union rights is changing the culture of the state. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with political science professor Kathy Walsh from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Greece is still struggling to climb out of debt, but the markets have lost hope that its economy will recover. Meanwhile, the Greek people are losing patience with austerity measures that cut jobs and benefits but appear to achieve nothing. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli from Athens.
The civil unrest in the Middle East has laid bare the conflicting goals of the United States and its longtime ally, Saudi Arabia. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks about the state of the U.S.-Saudi relationship with Aaron David Miller, a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.