The beatification of Pope John Paul II has sparked both celebration and controversy among Catholics in the U.S. and around the world. Host Liane Hansen talks with John Allen, senior correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter in Rome, about reactions to the beatification of Pope John Paul II and what it means for the popular pope's legacy.
It would seem difficult to enforce a ban on 300 million smokers. Host Liane Hansen talks to NPR's Rob Gifford in China, where businesses are putting up no-smoking signs, cigarette vending machines are being removed from restaurants, and designated outdoor smoking zones are being established in preparation for a ban on smoking in public places that takes effect Sunday.
Pope John Paul II moved closer to sainthood Sunday in a solemn ceremony at the Vatican celebrated by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. As many as a million people came to Rome to take part in the event, the biggest since John Paul's funeral six years ago. Host Liane Hansen talks to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli in Rome about the beatification and the controversy surrounding it.
As communities across the country's midsection respond to potentially historic flooding, federal emergency officials say they could take some cues from Nashville. The city endured record-breaking rainfall and devastating floods one year ago, and FEMA continues to point to the local response as a model. From member station WPLN, Blake Farmer reports.
Libyan officials say one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons and three of his grandchildren were killed in a NATO missile strike. Gadhafi is said to have been in the house that was attacked, but was not hurt, according to the government. The reports have not been independently confirmed. Host Liane Hansen gets the latest from NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
Bethel Baptist Church near Tuscaloosa, Ala., was flattened by tornadoes last week. Now, the church is preparing to meet Sunday in a park auditorium to help members of its congregation. Andrew Yeager of member station WBHM reports.
The White House Correspondents Association dinner has traditionally been a show where the Washington establishment pokes fun at itself. Last night, Obama served GOP presidential contender Donald Trump. Host Liane Hansen talks about the high points and the groaners from Saturday night's White House Correspondent Association Dinner.
The 2012 presidential election is 19 months away, but there's already plenty of debate over the tug-of-war between the Republican establishment and Tea Party activists. Host Liane Hansen talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the prospects for the GOP.
Photographer Jonas Bendiksen made three separate trips to Bangladesh last year to document the wet season and the ways that rising waters are altering Bangladeshi life. National Geographic's May issue shows the impact of flooding in a densely-populated, low-lying country barraged by seasonal monsoons and cyclones, and situated in the Ganges Delta — the world's largest delta.
Mead, the honey wine of yesteryear and the preferred drinks of Beowulf, Geoffrey Chaucer and Vikings hasn't been popular since, well, Beowulf, Geoffrey Chaucer and Vikings. Long relegated to Renaissance fairs and fantasy books, the drink was stuck in the Dark Ages.
But mead is gradually making its way back into the mainstream. Over the last decade, the number of meaderies — places that ferment honey for production, like Brothers Drake in Columbus, Ohio — has boomed.