Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Afghanistan Saturday, his first visit to that country since assuming the position. Panetta's view of the war in Afghanistan may be colored by his experience as director of the CIA and the successful raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Panetta takes the reins at the Pentagon riding high. He oversaw the CIA and is credited for helping the agency track down bin Laden. On the flight to Kabul, Panetta told reporters that he believes al-Qaida and its affiliates are on their heels.
There were shocked and angry outcries this week after an Orange County, Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008.
Caylee Anthony had been missing for a month before police arrested her mother, Casey, for obstructing the investigation into her daughter's disappearance. It was about six months before the little girls' remains were found in woods near her home.
Casey Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police. But with time served, she will be free next weekend.
The Republic of South Sudan is now officially the world's newest nation. South Sudan waged a long and brutal war against the North, and in January the people voted to break away. On Saturday, Africa's 54th nation threw itself a birthday party, and NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton talks with host Scott Simon from the capital city in Juba.
There is still no end in sight to the state government shutdown in Minnesota. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders remain far apart on how to balance the state's budget for the next two years. With the shutdown in its ninth day, unemployed state workers are increasingly anxious, and residents who rely on shuttered state services are increasingly frustrated. NPR's David Schaper reports.
Frequent flyer Thomas Stuker will take a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Chicago Saturday, taking him to a total of 10 million miles flown. Host Scott Simon talks with Stuker, whose accumulated mileage equals about 400 trips around the world.
During the 1976 campaign, Betty Ford was more popular than her husband, President Gerald Ford. Ford, who died Friday, had been a supporter of feminist causes, and her support for abortion rights riled many conservatives during the campaign of her husband, who died in 2007. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports
After 168 years in print, the British tabloid, News of the World, is closing after fallout from a phone hacking scandal. Host Scott Simon talks with political columnist Simon Hoggart of the Guardian newspaper about the impact on the media landscape in the United Kingdom.
The scandal that has collapsed the British tabloid, News of the World, and rocked the News Corp empire, brings into question the pervasive influence of Rupert Murdoch's media holdings on British media and politics. NPR's David Folkenflik examines the extent of Murdoch's influence and his cozy relationships with politicians.
The minor league Dayton Dragons tied the Portland Trail Blazers' record of 814 consecutive sellouts last Saturday. They will break the record Saturday, when they open a series against South Bend. Jerry Kenny of member station WYSO reports.
Fighting deficits is a core belief of the Tea Party, which emerged as a significant force in the 2010 midterm elections, especially in the Republican Party. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Kate Zernike about the Tea Party's influence on the deficit and debt ceiling talks, as well as the resulting impact on the GOP.