One TV network is serving the fastest-growing consumer population in the country — at times edging out ABC, NBC and CBS in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old viewer demographic. And it isn't broadcast in English.
It's Spanish-language network Univision, which began as a small TV station in San Antonio in 1961. Now, with millions of viewers tuning in each week, it's growing faster than any other broadcast network on television.
President Obama leaves Sunday night on a weeklong trip to Europe. He'll visit with the Queen of England, attend a summit meeting of the Group of 8 nations in France and sit down with a group of Central European leaders in Poland. But his first stop, in Ireland, may hold the biggest thrill for both the president and the destination.
There once was a man. His name was Thales. He lived a long, long time ago in Miletus an ancient Greek city on the western coast of Turkey. Thales had an idea. It was a new and dangerous idea. He thought that events in the world could be explained not as the consequence of supernatural gods (and their whims) but as the result of purely natural forces.
In a speech to the country's largest pro-Israel lobby on Sunday, Obama focused on the U.S. alliance with Israel and said a delay in the peace process would undermine the security of the Jewish state. NPR's Ari Shapiro tells host Liane Hansen more about the speech and the reaction to it.
President Obama told America's pro-Israel lobby on Sunday that his comments last week about Israeli-Palestinian borders was a public expression of longstanding U.S. policy.
In a speech Thursday outlining overall U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Obama argued that Palestinian-Israeli peace talks should begin with Israel's 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps. Those remarks rankled many of Israel's staunchest supporters.
As one speaker put it on Sunday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is "the home of America's pro-Israel movement."
Chrysler is going to repay about $7.5 billion in U.S. and Canadian government loans this Tuesday. With the repayment of those loans, Chrysler's image is starting to shine again. Those Eminem commercials apparently helped. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.
Musicians Local 802 is protesting the Broadway show Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert for its use of fewer musicians than the minimum required. The show is the first musical in Broadway history to use a prerecorded soundtrack that a small group of musicians accompany. NPR's Jeff Lunden reports.
President Barack Obama will address the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday. AIPAC is the country's largest pro-Israel lobby, and Obama's remarks come just days after he sought to lay out a vision for a new Middle East. Host Liane Hansen speaks with former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, who now serves as vice president and director of foreign policy at The Brookings Institute.
This week in Washington, policymakers will still be wrestling with the domestic economy and the twin burdens of the federal deficit and debt. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the issue that's driving the debate in Washington and vexing politicians of both parties: the massive federal budget deficit.
As the Louisiana levee system keeps New Orleans and Baton Rouge dry, some cities are preparing to get wet. Water spilling out of the Mississippi River and into the Atchafalaya Basin is starting to rise in more populated areas to the south. With a high-water mark not coming until next week, residents have had plenty of time to prepare. Almost too much time. Blake Farmer of member station WPLN reports.
As Ron mentioned, Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, dropped out of the Senate's so-called gang of six this past week. The group of three Republicans and three Democratic senators had been working on a deficit reduction plan. Senator Coburn said the group had reached an impasse over entitlement spending, a point he repeated in a TV interview.
Farmers along the length of the Mississippi River and near the complex network of levees and spillways are suffering heavy losses this year. The financial and economic burden on agriculture is yet untold, and a timeline for recovery is, in some cases, undetermined. Host Liane Hansen talks with farmer Greg Gabrielson, who has recovered from flood losses before, about how he managed to turn things around.
Punsters went toe-to-toe Saturday at the annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas. It was a barrage of clever and corny fighting words, all for the honor of "Punniest of Show." Host Liane Hansen speaks to Gary Hollack, the Pun-Off coordinator.
President Obama leaves Sunday night on a week-long trip to Europe. He'll visit with the Queen of England, attend a G-8 summit meeting in France and sit down with a group of central European leaders in Poland. Host Liane Hansen and NPR's Scott Horsely look ahead to Obama's trip to Europe.
Haitians who fled to Miami after last year's earthquake have found new sorrow. Used to working and being independent, refugees are now forced to accept welfare and relying on friends and relatives for help. State of the Re:Union host Al Letson explores their stories.
The 64th Cannes Film Festival wraps up Sunday after another day of screenings and award ceremonies. American screenwriter-directors Woody Allen and Terence Malick premiered big films with heartfelt narratives. Away from the buzz and flashbulbs surrounding their A-list casts, smaller films were winning over audiences. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday about this year's festival.
Longtime Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen is closing in on her last show, and we're reminding listeners that there's a timeline of special moments on the program going back to 1989, including Nelson Mandela's release from prison, singer Joni Mitchell and Liane's trip to Egypt.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced early Sunday that he will not be going after the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The Associated Press reports that in an e-mail sent to supporters just after midnight, Daniels said that as he debated whether to run or not, "I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one. The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry."
The Cannes Film Festival has always screened the avante-garde, and this year there was a particularly quirky entry from Colombia. It's a film about a man, paralyzed after being shot by police, who grows so desperate for state compensation that he hijacks an airliner with two grenades hidden in his diaper.
What may be even stranger is that it's a true story — and in the film, the hijacker plays himself.
If there wasn't a spot for you at the cool table in the cafeteria, fear not: In her new book, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, Alexandra Robbins argues that the teen losers of today are the adult success stories of tomorrow.
Robbins wasn't an outcast in high school, but she wasn't a popular kid either. "I was what's known as a floater," she tells NPR's Liane Hansen. "I could sit at the edge of most cafeteria tables, but was never a part of any one group. I was also a dork. And still am. And proud!"
Dire predictions about classical music keep coming, and yet so do excellent recordings from all corners of the classical realm — a fact happily reflected in an eclectic mix of sounds that NPR Music's Tom Huizenga spins for Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. Judd Greenstein's music cheerfully percolates with well-blended flavors from many genres. He's among the so-called indie classical composers who also heads up his own ensemble and record label.
Some psychologists have a theory that many of the world's ills can be blamed on psychopaths in high places.
"Robert Hare, the eminent Canadian psychologist who invented the psychopath checklist, ... recently announced that you're four times more likely to find a psychopath at the top of the corporate ladder than you are walking around in the janitor's office," journalist Jon Ronson tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.
The ongoing uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa will not be resolved without economic reform in the region, President Obama said in his speech on Mideast issues at the State Department on Thursday.
"Politics alone has not put protesters into the streets," he said. "The tipping point for so many people is the more constant concern of putting food on the table and providing for a family."
At the end of what could prove to be a momentous week in U.S.-Israeli relations, President Obama and Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent an intense afternoon together Friday. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, joins host Guy Raz to discuss how that and the week's other top stories played out.
In Ivory Coast on Saturday, after months of violence and political turmoil, Alassane Ouattara was inaugurated as president. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton discusses with host Guy Raz the challenges Ouattara faces: pacifying a country, uniting a fractured military and delivering on campaign promises of economic reform.