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.
Nearly three weeks after the Russian president joined a growing international chorus demanding Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi step down, a Russian envoy went to Tripoli to try and find a diplomatic solution to the growing crisis in the North African country. The gesture and the Libyans' receptiveness herald a renewed era of Libyan-Russian relations, but can the Russians succeed when the Libyans insist Gadhafi stay in power? NPR's Soraya Nelson reports.
With Syrian tanks and soldiers occupying towns in northern Syria, refugees pouring across the border into Turkey bring news about the growing resistance to the Assad regime. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks to NPR's Peter Kenyon, who's on the border between Syria and Turkey.