Steve Inskeep talks to professor Moshe Ma'oz about the complex relationship between Israel and Syria. Ma'oz is professor emeritus in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Now, the college football season is months away but there's already controversy surrounding the Bowl Championship Series, as there usually is. The BCS is made up of the top five post-season bowls, including the National Championship. Lots of fans would rather have a playoff.
But now, as NPR's Tom Goldman reports, the BCS may be facing challenges far greater than angry fans.
This is not the spring to be selling gardening supplies, beer at a baseball park, or renting bicycles in the Upper Midwest. This weather has been unusually cold, wet and raw. And that's kept many who would be buying at home and indoors, and it's impacting the bottom line of many businesses.
Hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of farmland remain underwater in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The high water is set to crest at the Mississippi river town tomorrow. But it will take weeks for the river to recede and much longer for residents and farmers to recoup their losses.
Renee Montagne talks with Fintan O'Toole, columnist for the "Irish Times," about Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland. She is the first British monarch in more than a century to visit the Irish Republic.
The Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain is ruled by a 200-year-old Sunni dynasty. Bahrain's majority Shiite population has been largely excluded from top government jobs and now wants change. Renee Montagne talks to PBS NewsHour reporter Margaret Warner, who's in Bahrain's capital Manama.
Democrats say it's time to end billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest oil companies. Republicans last night blocked a bill that would have abolished those subsidies. GOP senators say it's time to expand domestic drilling. But today, Democrats are expected to block that Republican legislation. NPR's David Welna reports.
Two of the most politically powerful men in Frankfort begin their battle for the governor’s mansion today. Last night’s primary election results made it official. It was a given incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear would campaign to maintain his position as governor. Beshearr had no primary opposition. But, the other piece of the political puzzle...his Republican opponent... fell into place last night.
When it comes to Dutch painters, Rembrandt and Vermeer are the best known. But have you ever heard of Gabriel Metsu? Vermeer and Metsu were contemporaries, but Metsu was the star in the Golden Age of Dutch painting during the 17th century — and long afterward.
"Metsu was still the top boy in the 19th century," says David Jaffe of the National Gallery in London. "Vermeer is a very early 20th-century discovery."