There's a slow-moving airplane flying over Europe. It's going less than 50 miles an hour and is running on solar power. The single-seat plane took off from Switzerland Friday morning and is expected to reach Brussels in the evening. The plane, called Solar Impulse, has the wing span of a Boeing 777 and the power of a small motorcycle.
Steve Inskeep talks to Senator Richard Lugar, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about funding for Afghanistan and Pakistan. This week the Committee is debating funding for the Afghan war.
CEOs from the major oil companies were on Capitol Hill Thursday, being grilled by Democratic senators. Members of Senate Finance Committee asked the executives to testify about the tax breaks their companies receive.
Mitt Romney, who is exploring another run for the White House, was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thursday, talking about healthcare. It's an issue that's likely to be among the most difficult he'll face in his bid for the Republican nomination for 2012.
In northwestern Pakistan today, twin explosions struck a paramilitary training center. The Pakistani Taliban claimed it carried out the attack to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.
The once-dormant race for the Republican presidential nomination is beginning to heat up. Earlier this week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich officially declared his candidacy, and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is doing the same today. Steve Inskeep talks to NRR's Mara Liasson and Ken Rudin about the Republican presidential field.
Steve Inskeep talks to John Janoush, vice president of Jan-Tran, a towboat company based in Rosdale, Miss., that has seen its business come to a halt because of flooding on the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers.
Thousands of acres of the Mississippi Delta are being inundated by floodwaters. Backwater levees along the Yazoo River, which feeds into the Mississippi, are not high enough to withstand this record flood. NPR's Debbie Elliott visits one town in the danger zone — Rolling Fork, home of legendary Mississippi bluesman Muddy Waters.