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.
Warmed up? We've got football, soccer, baseball and basketball stories spanning three continents and 49 states. Stories include: a debate on NCAA football teams creating self-imposed sanctions for rules violations, an update on the women's soccer World Cup and a roundup of the losses in the sports world. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman.
Four years ago, Katie Davis was homecoming queen at her high school in Tennessee. Today, she cares for 13 abandoned girls at her home in Uganda.
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Four years ago, Katie Davis was homecoming queen at her high school in Brentwood, Tenn. She had a yellow convertible and planned to study nursing in college.
But those plans changed just a little. Today, she's in Uganda, sharing her home with 13 orphaned or abandoned girls, ages 2 to 15. Davis is the legal guardian or foster mother for all of them, and hopes to one day adopt them.