A U.S. official with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to NPR's Michele Kelemen that former Sen. George Mitchell (D-ME) is resigning from his post as the Obama administration's special Middle East envoy.
Word of Mitchell's decision was first reported a short time ago by The Associated Press.
NPR's Scott Horsley tells us that the White House expects to release a statement from President Obama later today.
Host Michel Martin and NPR digital news editor Tanya Ballard Brown comb through listener feedback to this week's recent conversations. Listeners weighed in on Tell Me More's segments about "enhanced interrogation techniques" and parents who manage Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Ballard Brown also gives an update that the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" was dropped today from Uganda's parliamentary talks.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people can now become priests or ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Advocates call the passing of this vote a major milestone. Others fear it could spark a crisis within one of America's oldest mainline Protestant denominations. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rev. Janet Edwards of More Light Presbyterians, a group advocating on behalf of gays serving in the ministry.
President Obama traveled to El Paso, Texas to give an immigration speech this week. The GOP presidential race heated up as Mitt Romney tried distancing himself from the universal health care law he passed as governor of Massachusetts. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are preparing for a showdown over the federal deficit. Host Michel Martin talks about this week's politics with Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Cynthia Tucker and Republican strategist Ron Christie.
The 'Barbershop' guys discuss President Obama's immigration reform record and rapper Common's invitation to the White House for a poetry reading. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, foreign policy analyst Mario Loyola and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.
The North American Imams Federation held a conference in Charlotte, N.C. last weekend to address 'Islamophobia.' Imam Al Amin Abdul Latif is one of four Muslims who were not allowed to board their flights. He then drove twelve hours to attend the event. Host Michel Martin speaks with Imam Latif about how Muslims are treated in the U.S.
In 1961, ABC Records got into the jazz market when producer Creed Taylor set up the Impulse label, whose glossy fold-out album covers with orange and black spines were easy to spot on collectors' shelves. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says collectors usually had lots of them — more for the music than the packaging. The label turns 50 this year, and First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection, 50th Anniversary, a commemorative box of early Impulse releases, has just been released.
Judd Apatow has had his own Hollywood comedy factory for years now, but the charge that comes up again and again is that it's a boy's club — or rather a child-man's club, a place for nerds to write movies about nerds who act like juveniles before growing up and marrying thin, pretty women. Where, many of us have asked, is the female perspective?
This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 2, 2010. Super Sad True Love Story is now available in paperback.
Gary Shteyngart's third novel, Super Sad True Love Story, is a black comedy set in America at some point in the near future: books no longer exist, Americans spend the majority of their time watching videos on their iPhone-like "apparats" and the country is on the brink of complete collapse.