Renee Montagne talks to Neil MacFarquhar, of "The New York times," about the latest developments in the uprising in Yemen. MacFarquhar is in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where Yemen's wounded president is receiving treatment. He was wounded over the weekend when the presidential palace was attacked.
A stellar fourth quarter performance from an ailing Dirk Nowitzki pushed the Dallas Mavericks past the Miami Heat last night. Game Four of the NBA Finals went to Dallas by a score of 86-83. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two games apiece. NPR's Tom Goldman was at last night's game, he's with us from Dallas. Hi Tom.
TOM GOLDMAN: Good morning.
WERTHEIMER: So how did the Mavericks do it? How were they able to break through against the Heat right at the end?
Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer report on today's release of a policy review of the U.S.-led nation-building effort in Afghanistan. The review was prepared by the Democratic Majority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
A perk that allows government workers in Philadelphia to collect on their pensions before they retire is in jeopardy. Mayor Michael Nutter says the early pensions aren't affordable. But the City Council wants to preserve them.
Renee Montagne talks to Oskar Garcia, the Associated Press's Las Vegas reporter, about the start of this year's World Series of Poker. The tournament is taking a hit after the Justice Department shut down online poker operators in April.
The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists who are meeting in Baltimore this week to talk about the amazing research they want to do with the James Webb Space Telescope.
Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, checks in again with the recommended-reading feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.
This month, Brown selects three pieces of writing that revolve around traveling to or from places we've come to identify in the past few months with what's known as the "Arab spring." One is a work of journalism, a report from the streets of Syria. Another is a cry for serious, dedicated travel writing from a serious travel writer. Third is a novel about the desperate desire to escape one such country.
This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more.
China has capitalized on the financial crisis to expand its influence in Europe, promising to buy Greek, Spanish and Portuguese bonds. But its most important infrastructure deal in Europe has been its investment in the Greek port of Piraeus.
Through such deals, Chinese influence is changing more than just the financial landscape in Greece — with ramifications for the rest of Europe.