Americans are counting their pennies these days, taking a close look at everything from the cost of milk to the cost of their mortgages. A college education is one investment under fire.
Since World War II, owning a house and getting a college degree was the American dream, a sign that you have truly made it. In 2009, more than 70 percent of high school graduates enrolled in college — nearly twice as many as in 1960.
Eleven years after being held hostage for several days by a militant group in Kyrgyzstan, a professional rock climber is heading back to the Kyrgyz cliffs.
In August 2000, photographer John Dickey embarked on a trek with three other avid climbers. Using minimal equipment, they planned to scale cliffs in the Karasu Valley of southeastern Kyrgyzstan. They were assured that aside from the several-thousand-foot free falls, the region otherwise posed no threats to their safety.
America's largest rivers have wreaked havoc on the Midwest this spring, inundating towns and farmland from South Dakota to Louisiana. Nature is responsible for most of it — huge snow packs in Colorado and Wyoming, and historic levels of rain. But some of the flooding isn't natural; it's controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Dueling tech-savvy political conventions are zipping along this weekend in Minneapolis. The left has gathered at the Netroots conference, while conservatives are meeting up at RightOnline. NPR's Ina Jaffe has been bouncing between them both and discusses the competition with guest host Laura Sullivan.
At least seven Republicans have joined the presidential race, and a couple of others seem almost ready to jump. Guest host Laura Sullivan talks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, about this past week's GOP debate, about possible candidate Jon Huntsman's puzzling ad campaign and about the kiss seen around the world between two fans caught in a hockey riot.
When Jill Scott came on the music scene a little more than a decade ago, she wanted to let the world know who she was — so much so that she named her debut album Who Is Jill Scott? Since then, the Philadelphia native has won three Grammys, sold 5 million records worldwide, and starred in a number of movies and TV shows — from the Tyler Perry film Why Did I Get Married? to the HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.