Lawrence, Kan., doesn't immediately spring to mind when America's great music scenes are being rattled off. It can be easy to overlook the middle of the country when so many fans and tastemakers are situated on one coast or the other, and that makes it harder for landlocked bands to establish the biggest possible national following. Still, year after year, the college town consistently serves as an incubator for talent deserving wider recognition.
Interactive maps and photo galleries looking at current flood events across the United States, the Army Corp of Engineers' decision to breach a levee in Cairo, Ill., and flood preparations in the South.
Tracy Marrow, better known as Ice-T, is a man of many faces: platinum-selling hip-hop artist, a former thief and pimp, and now actor on the television drama "Law & Order: SVU." Host Michel Martin speaks with Ice-T about his life and new memoir Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption from South Central to Hollywood.
As many people commemorate Cinco de Mayo with nachos, beer and margaritas, at least one Mexican American is not feeling the party. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gustavo Arellano about America's fascination with a Mexican holiday that is barely observed south of the border. Arellano is the author of the OC Weekly's "Ask A Mexican" column.
President Obama's approval ratings are up since Osama bin Laden's death. Can Obama use this political capital to push his domestic agenda? He met with Congressional Hispanic Caucus members on Tuesday, and they are hoping immigration reform will become a priority. Host Michel Martin talks immigration with Democratic Rep. Charles Gonzalez, the chair of the Caucus.
As President Obama heads to Ground Zero to honor 9/11 victims, questions remain about what Osama bin Laden's killing means for the war on terror and for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Host Michel Martin speaks with Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, who is renewing his call to draw down troops in Afghanistan.
Well, not really nowhere. That was just the subject line of the email that delivered it. It's a storm blowing over Sangin District, in southern Afghanistan, where NPR photographer David Gilkey is embedded with Marines on patrol.
In his words, "Here is how you end up on a tiny outpost for the foreseeable future in Afghanistan. This was about one minute before this thing rolled over the top of us!"
Al-Jazeera English is calling on the Syrian government to free one of its reporters, Dorothy Parvaz, who "was detained upon arrival in Damascus [last Friday and] ... has had no contact with the outside world since."
General Motors reported its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade, helped by fuel-efficient cars and smaller sport utility vehicles that were in demand as gas prices marched higher. GM's results follow strong earnings reports at crosstown rivals Ford and Chrysler.