Farmers are begging for rain in western Kansas, where winter wheat — that's the kind that ends up in a loaf of bread — is nearing harvest. Drought conditions are putting a huge dent in the crop's quality and yields, and may cause some farmers to abandon their fields. Eric Durban of Harvest Public Radio report.
Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles brings together more than 1,600 high school students from all over the world to compete for more than $4 million in prizes. Renee Montagne speaks with writer Judy Dutton and competitor Taylor Wilson about this year's fair. Dutton has written a book called Science Fair Season.
President Obama is trying to jumpstart the debate on overhauling the immigration system. He gave a speech on the U.S.-Mexican border Tuesday — laying out his principles and arguing that fixing the system would give a boost to the economy. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.
And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.
There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.
For the United States, Iran — and its nuclear program — is a hard case to crack. It figures prominently in so many American foreign policy challenges: Iraq, Israel and the Palestinians, Afghanistan and the United States' own nuclear program.
For years, successive U.S. administrations have been at a loss to figure out how to change what they call Iran's bad behavior. But in the past year, another option has emerged, says Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran specialist with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
NPR has been profiling some of the Republicans who are considering a presidential run in 2012, to find out what first sparked their interest in politics. Read more of those profiles.
When you ask many politicians what inspired them to a life of public service, you often hear familiar words about a commitment to helping people, or perhaps a desire to run government more like a business.
Today, couples who may never have become parents a generation ago have the wonders of technology to help them. One in every hundred babies in the U.S. is conceived in a laboratory. But because most insurance does not cover fertility treatments, a big barrier remains: money.