The federal government is set to forgive more than $180 billion in student loan debt over the next few decades. That's according to a report out this week from the Government Accountability Office.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Cheri Bustos, who Pelosi invited to join the Democratic leadership.
Trump's team says the secretary of State search has been narrowed to four candidates. Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.
Mining once boomed in Mongolia but as commodity prices fell, the economy tanked and companies went bankrupt. Unemployed men are taking over abandoned coal mines to extract what's left. Some have died.
When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.
An NPR investigation found thousands of soldiers with mental health problems or brain injuries were dismissed for misconduct. An Army review found commanders did nothing wrong, but experts disagree.
Boston's Christmas tree is a thank you gift from Canada for help the city provided a century ago, a reminder not just that it's time to get into the holiday spirit but also what that's really about.
In 1962, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing. A new book pays tribute to author Ezra Jack Keats.
House Democrats held leadership elections Wednesday. Nancy Pelosi was re-elected despite facing an unexpected challenge from Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan. David Greene speaks with NPR's Susan Davis.
A just-married couple in Dayton was on their way to the reception when an accident snarled the route. Instead of getting frustrated, the two got out of the vehicle, turned up the music and danced.
A Canadian border guard helped Elton John through customs in Alberta. He was offered the tickets, and two supervisors told him that he couldn't accept them. He took the tickets.
She's a former train driver and labor leader — and now an activist in the campaign to drive Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, from office.
Steve Inskeep talks to Carlos Gutierrez, who served as Secretary of Commerce under George W. Bush, who discusses the future of free trade and U.S.-Cuba relations under President-elect Donald Trump.
After two weeks of play, the champion will be decided on Wednesday. Opponents Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, both 26, so far have played 12 matches to a tie.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a favorite among some Democrats to become the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, talks to David Greene about how he hopes to turn around his party's losses.
Mostly leftist world leaders joined Raul Castro in a ceremony commemorating the late Fidel Castro. Now, an urn containing his ashes reverses the journey Castro took in 1959 in his march on Havana.
Mitt Romney was one of Donald Trump's most outspoken Republican critics. The two had dinner Tuesday night at a fancy French restaurant in New York. Romney is being considered for secretary of State.
Researchers have discovered that there are fewer drunk driving fatalities on days of the month when millions of Americans receive food stamps. Figures show the deaths go down significantly.
Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tenn., is in the path of a wildfire that has consumed parts of the state. Workers were forced to evacuate the area, leaving behind thousands of sea creatures.
One of Donald Trump's greatest critics has been Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Flake's job now is to help President-elect Trump fulfill his agenda in a GOP-led House and Senate.