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.
There are at least a dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2012. As part of a series, NPR is profiling some of them to find out what first sparked their interest in politics.
In 1971, Jon Huntsman Jr. visited the White House. He was 11 years old, and his father was a businessman and adviser to Richard Nixon. The young Huntsman, the story goes, met Henry Kissinger that day and helped carry his luggage to the car.
In Mexico's drug war, children are getting increasingly sucked into the violent narcotics trade. Middle-school-age kids are working for the cartels as couriers, lookouts and even assassins. Others are being killed, injured or orphaned in the crossfire.
In the past, drug violence was usually contained between gangs and security forces, but that's changed. Recently, even toddlers have been targeted in attacks involving military-style assault weapons.
For the early MTV generation, there are few artists more iconic than Ric Ocasek, the frontman of The Cars. Pencil thin, shock of black hair, dark sunglasses, cigarette dangling from his lip — Ric Ocasek was new wave rock and roll. And if the good times stopped rolling for you around the time The Cars split up in the late 1980s, there's good news: Those times are back.
On-Air Challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase with AT in the middle. The letter A ends the first word of the phrase, and the letter T begins the second word. For the clue, "trying out of something while changes are still being made," the answer would be "beta test."