A memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times reveals a controversial plan to place half of the city's public school students into charter schools. Renee Montagne talks with LA Times education reporter Howard Blume about what this could mean for the second-largest school system in the country.
American baseball icon Yogi Berra has died at 90. Steve Inskeep talks with Dave Kaplan, founding director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.
Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep talk about Tuesday's ruling by a federal judge that the copyright of the "Happy Birthday" song applies only to specific piano arrangements, not the actual song itself. This means the song is now public domain.
One of the biggest topics President Obama is expected to discuss with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week is the hacking of U.S. companies by China. American officials say the issue threatens relations between the countries, and the U.S. is threatening to impose sanctions.
Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden, who is out among the crowds in Washington, D.C., ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the White House.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a huge property tax hike he's calling for is a last resort. Chicago has one of the most underfunded pension systems in the country, and Emanuel, who was re-elected this year, says his proposed $543 million tax increase would cover police and firefighter pensions.
The decision to keep the greater sage grouse off the Endangered Species List is being celebrated by Western states and industry that worried a listing would cost them billions of dollars in economic activity. But the challenges to that decision are already taking shape.
As the U.S. says it will almost double the number of migrants it accepts in the next two years, NPR's Renee Montagne speaks to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.
Willie Mae's Scotch House wasn't about scotch. It was about fried chicken. The best fried chicken in New Orleans, some say. She won a James Beard award for her cooking, and her restaurant became internationally famous. Willie Mae Seaton died Saturday at the age of 99.
When a brand goes out of business, a funny thing happens to the logo, the name, all the trademarks. They are like abandoned treasure in the wild. Finders keepers. The Planet Money podcast brings us the delicious story of the Hydrox cookie rebirth.
Diesel cars are very popular in Europe, where high gas prices have encouraged many customers to purchase them. Now allegations of emissions cheating by VW have thrown the European car market into confusion.
European heads of government meet in Brussels on Wednesday to adopt a controversial plan to relocate refugees among EU member states. Steve Inskeep talks with Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Brussels for the latest.
Brash, biting Cookie Lyon is arguably the most compelling character on Fox's hit show Empire. The show's co-producer and writer Attica Locke says that's because we've all got a bit of Cookie in us.
Baseball used to be a newspaper game, says commentator Frank Deford. Now, sports are equal parts television and fantasy.
Many towns in eastern Germany suffered sharp population declines after reunification as the young and educated left. One mayor hopes to rebuild his community with the help of Middle Eastern migrants.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the charismatic Western bird doesn't need Endangered Species Act protection. A listing would have meant limits on mining and ranching in much of the West.
The couple's car died recently, so when the man saw they were low on the coffee his wife of 50 years craves, he crossed the English Channel and biked to a store, where he bought 64 pounds of beans.
Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, who is traveling with Pope Francis through Cuba. Poggioli has an update on what the pontiff has done on the island and how he's been received.
The Republican presidential field is now smaller by one, with the departure of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from the race. After an early rise to contender status, Walker suffered a sudden decline.
A rodent was caught on video trying to lug a slice of pizza twice its size down a flight of subway stairs. #PizzaRat eventually abandoned the slice, mournfully looking back at what could have been.