The Congressional stalemate continues over raising the nation's debt ceiling. James Fallows of The Atlantic has a recent blog post highlighting who he sees as the main obstacle: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Host Guy Raz speaks with Fallows about his post, resignations from Murdoch's media empire and California's decision that would make all Amazon purchases subject to sales tax.
<em>From Africa with Fury: Rise</em> is Seun Kuti's latest album with his father Fela's band, Egypt 80.
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When Fela Kuti died in 1997, his band, Egypt 80, fell into the hands of his 14-year old son, Seun. Now 28, Seun Kuti still tours and records with his father's old bandmates, and has just released an album with them entitled From Africa With Fury: Rise.
Seventh-graders Sophie Maloro (left) and Unity Bowling "fly" a mission to Mars, part of a summer program at the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond, Va.
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A child born today will never see an American space shuttle blast off from the Kennedy Space Center. The end of the shuttle program worries educators who say that human space flight is a great recruiter for future scientists and engineers. Don't worry, NASA says, its education mission won't slow down when this final shuttle flight lands.
President Obama is meeting with the Dalai Lama — a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate — and China isn't happy.
The Tibetan spiritual leader has been in Washington, D.C., for an 11-day Buddhist ritual. Thousands of expatriate Tibetans joined a 76th birthday celebration Wednesday for the Dalai Lama, who's just relinquished leadership of Tibet's government-in-exile.
Larry Summers, formerly one of President Obama's top economic advisers, says turning too quickly to austerity could be disastrous for the economy.
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Four years into Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential term, the worst of the Great Depression seemed behind him. Massive jolts of New Deal spending had stopped the economic slide, and the unemployment rate was cut from 22 percent to less than 10 percent.
"People felt that there was momentum," U.S. Senate historian Donald Ritchie tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "Finally, there was the light at the end of the tunnel."
Cold beer is on tap in Minnesota this weekend. But it was almost the casualty of the two-week shutdown of the state government that may have come to an end.
MillerCoors, which holds "brand label registrations" for 39 beers, including Miller, Coors, Blue Moon Pale and Hamm's — almost 40 percent of the beer sold in Minnesota — sent in its renewal notice on June 15.
But the state Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Agency said that MillerCoors overpaid its registration fees and refused to stamp the paperwork.
More than 22,000 people were disappointed and probably angry Friday. They were people who thought they had won spots to enter the United States in last May's U.S. State Department lottery. Instead, the U.S. government announced a computer glitch made the lottery invalid. Host Scott Simon reflects on the situation.
Last weekend, the Syrian government opened what was billed as a national dialogue conference. On Friday, anti-government activists massed huge crowds across the country; reportedly more than 1 million people took to the streets. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deb Amos as leaders of Syria's opposition movement convene in Istanbul again to discuss the possible formation of a shadow government.
Two top names at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. resigned on Friday. Earlier in the week, Murdoch had to abandon his $12 billion bid to takeover BSkyB, the British broadcaster. Meanwhile, the FBI has opened an investigation into whether reporters working for News Corp. tried to access cellphone messages and records of 9/11 victims here in the United States. Host Scott Simon speaks with Clive Crook, columnist for the Financial Times and a contributor to the Atlantic.