The mayor of the high desert town of Lancaster, Calif., says he believes he's found the solution to bringing down crime and making people in the city generally happier and less stressed. He's piping in new age music and bird songs all around downtown. Residents are not necessarily happy. Gloria Hillard reports.
Wimbledon isn't the only big tournament to captivate the sports world this summer. Soccer fans will have three weeks worth of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, starting Sunday. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The United States and its partners in the International Energy Agency will release 60 million barrels of oil onto the world market over the next 30 days. It's part of a plan to compensate for losses of a high-quality grade of oil produced by Libya. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with Daniel Yergin, a longtime observer of energy policy and chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
Raising money has also been tough for little-known Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson. The former New Mexico governor has called his own fundraising pathetic. Johnson is hoping to jump-start his campaign at a unique political event winding down now in the mountains of New Hampshire. It is the Porcupine Freedom Festival, or Porcfest, and it's an offshoot of the Free State Project, a movement to colonize the Live Free or Die state with people who believe government should do no more than protect individual rights.
This week, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman threw his hat in the presidential ring, and more staff walked out on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Plus, all eyes turned to Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry is contemplating a bid for the GOP nomination. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.
The latest surveys show that both business owners and consumers have been losing confidence in the U.S. economy. That pessimism is just the latest blow to hopes for a speedy recovery.
Last week, even Federal Reserve officials said they have grown more pessimistic about the economic outlook this year. The policy makers cut their forecast for 2011 to a growth rate of just 2.7 to 2.9 percent — down from their April estimate of 3.1 to 3.3 percent.
In 2000, Sports Illustrated named its 100 top athletes of the 20th century. There are names you no doubt are familiar with — Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, and of course Michael Jordan. But there's also a name that might slip by: Babe Didrikson. She is the only woman in the top 10.