In our interview last week, UCLA professor Mike Ross said higher education should be measured by more than just future earning power. Also, a report by Anita Elash on the burgeoning raccoon population in Toronto drew responses from many. Host Scott Simon reads listener letters.
Following last week's interview with the Utah dad who dressed in costume every school morning to wave goodbye to his teenage son's school bus, we hear from listeners who phoned in their own memorable "embarrassing dad" moments.
Queen's 1975 opera-inspired hit, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been named the most popular song ever in the UK by BBC Radio 4 listeners. Host Scott Simon talks to music writer Alan Connor about the meanings behind the song's sometimes obscure lyrics.
Dink Mothell played in the Negro Leagues for 15 years. He died in 1980, and his gravesite has been just a patch of grass, no nameplate, marker or anything. On Saturday, a ceremony will at last grant Mothell's gravesite a tombstone, the result of efforts by two men to locate the remains of former Negro Leaguers. Greg Echlin reports.
For years, scientists have predicted that knowing the whole human genetic code would pay off huge dividends in diagnosing and treating disease. The promise has largely remained just that. Now, a pair of 14-year-old twins has become among the first to benefit from a whole-genome test. NPR health and science correspondent Richard Knox talks to host Scott Simon about the breakthrough that essentially cured the twins' disease within days.
A group of kids opened a lemonade stand just outside the entrance to the U.S. Open golf championship in Bethesda, Md., this week, but their parents were fined $500 for not having a commercial permit. Host Scott Simon reports how the kids got a lesson in county politics and media exposure.
The different dimensions of the current conservative world are on display at separate conferences this weekend, with most of the Republican presidential candidates taking part in one or the other. In New Orleans, the Republican Leadership Conference is attracting about half the Republican field. In Minneapolis, several candidates will be on hand for the Internet-oriented RightOnLine conference. Host Scott Simon discusses these events with NPR correspondents Debbie Elliott in New Orleans and Ina Jaffe in Minneapolis.
The debate over what to do about Libya is coming to a head on Capitol Hill.
The U.S. military intervention in Libya reaches its 90th day on Sunday. That number is significant, because according to the 1973 War Powers Resolution, Congress must authorize American engagements in hostilities that surpass 90 days.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Saturday that Afghanistan and the U.S. are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban. Also on Saturday, there was a suicide bomber attack near the presidential palace that cost two policemen their lives. Host Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Quil Lawrence in Kabul.
Since Jaws, the combination of summertime and sharks has conjured images of killer fish stalking beaches as puffy-legged vacationers frolic in shallow waters, never suspecting that the animal which has been called the definitive predator has seen them, smelled them and now craves them.