A German tourist went to the Vatican, hoping for a glimpse of Pope Francis. The tourist had no luck. Later, the same tourist was walking through Rome and spotted Francis inside an optician's shop.
Syria's antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that ISIS had destroyed three ancient tower tombs in Palmyra, built between the years 44 and 103 CE.
A sheep found in the wild in Australia had to undergo emergency shearing. Nearly 90 pounds was shaved away. The sheep's body weight reportedly dropped by half.
British actor Idris Elba's name has been floating around as a possible successor to the current James Bond, Daniel Craig. Anthony Horowitz, who writes the current Bond books, made the comment that Elba is "too street" to play the suave spy. He's since apologized, but his remark ignited a firestorm of outrage among Elba's fans.
Renee Montagne talks to Andrew McCabe of the FBI about the case of the 17-year-old Virginia student, who was sentenced to 11 years in a federal prison for aiding the Islmaic Sate, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The teen had a secret online life which surprised his friends and family.
In an encore StoryCorps presentation, we hear from a former county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, who issued marriage licenses to gay couples in 1975.
Dartmouth College has a robot on its practice football team. The foam padded android, named MVP — short for Mobile Virtual Player — was designed by graduate engineering students. Players tackle MVP so they don't have to ram into each other.
Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel about his recent trip to China and what he observed about the direction the country's economy has taken. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal."
Officials in Hungary refuse to allow thousands of migrants to leave the country and move on to their preferred destination, Germany. The central train station in Budapest announced Thursday that it was suspending all west-bound train service. One train did manage to leave, with migrants on board. But it didn't go far.
Hillary Clinton goes to Puerto Rico on Friday to thank voters there for past support in the primaries, and offering her support for more lenient treatment of the island's mounting public debt. Other presidential candidates have also visited the island — highlighting the importance of Puerto Rican voters back in the U.S.
Vice President Joe Biden was speaking about the Iran nuclear deal at a synagogue in Atlanta Thursday night when he was asked whether he would run for president. Renee Montagne has more on his answer.
"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" film critic Kenneth Turan reviews Alex Gibney's new documentary, "Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine."
Some people write a squiggle. Others just write an initial. In this encore presentation, our "Planet Money" team takes a look at the history of the signature. It's supposed to say, "this is me," but where did the idea come from? And why are we still using it? We consult a rabbi, a lawyer and a credit card executive.
Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump both channel the economic grievances of a stagnating middle class, and it shows that American politics is in the middle of a populist movement.
The insults continued to fly in the very public fight between Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Donald Trump. Trump mocked Bush, but later Trump stumbled in a foreign policy interview.
Meru is a 21,000-foot mountain in northern India. Some of the greatest climbers in the world have tried and failed to reach its peak — a sheer granite wall known as the Shark's Fin.
President Obama hosts Saudi Arabia's King Salman at the White House on Friday. They'll be talking about the Iran nuclear deal.
More than a quarter of parents in a recent poll say they hope their teens who play high school sports will become professional athletes. But sky-high parental expectations can have a dark side.
When Courtney Pickering got her car back after the police investigation, she found a knife, a bag of cocaine and a crack pipe. She also found a gun under the seat.
Russian President Vladimir Putin suited up with NHL All-Stars. His team triumphed 9-5 over a group of school kids. Putin scored twice.