Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the history of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players, and authored The NPR Classical Music Companion.
Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the legendary Murrow boys, who covered World War 2 for CBS radio. Edward R. Murrow hired the pioneering group of journalists.
There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.
John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.
President Obama announced the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years. Renee Montagne talks to journalist Marc Frank in Havana for Cuban reaction to the announcement.
When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal.
U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.
Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.
Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.
An orange tabby became something of a celebrity after sneaking into a seafood shop at Vladivostok airport. The cat polished off the entire seafood counter, and then dashed off.
Jon McAchran proposed to his girlfriend Ashley while skating on an ice rink beneath the Eiffel Tower. An AP photographer was taking pictures of tourists and captured Jon giving her the ring.
Five years ago, tensions reached a breaking point between police and the growing Latino community in East Haven, Ct. The Justice Department began to oversee the department.
Aides say President Obama will sign a bill, authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. The Russian economy is already reeling from earlier western sanctions and from the steep drop in oil prices. Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far resisted the mounting economic pressure to change course.
Author Ahmed Rashid talks to Steve Inskeep about how Pakistan's political climate helped to foster Tuesday's horrific attack on a school in Peshawar.
The Senate adjourned on Tuesday, bringing the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.
In Oklahoma, lawyers will be in federal court to argue that the state should not be allowed to resume executions in January, as planned. Last spring, the botched execution of Clayton Lockett drew international attention and caused the state to revise its protocols.
Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back a normal life — at peace, pain subdued.
Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of two former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.Bush said he had decided to "actively explore" a presidential run.
The Federal Reserve will likely drop the phrase that says it will keep interest rates near zero for "a considerable time." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution
Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.