China's president is in Seoul where he's meeting his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The two-day trip also comes just after Japan made moves to increase the reach of its own military. And all of this happens while the U.S. and China are openly jockeying for power in East Asia.
The Essence Music Festival is a must for any true lovers of rhythm and blues music. Thousands flock to New Orleans every year to hear music acts like Prince and Lionel Richie. David Greene talks to Jason King, who hosts NPR's 24/7 R&B and Soul music stream, about the festival which kicked off Thursday night.
Brazil's World Cup soccer stadiums and hotels are packed. But events like that don't pay for themselves. South Africa hosted the last World Cup and the country wasn't left entirely empty handed.
Diplomats are trying to arrange a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. But Ukraine's president is under domestic pressure to take decisive military action against pro-Russian separatists.
Steve Inskeep talks to the mother of a 15-year-old boy who was shot under a bridge that spans the border from El Paso, Texas, to Juarez, Mexico. (This piece aired on June 9, 2014 on Morning Edition.)
Contraception is the latest in a long line of often bitter history of balancing the right of conscience with the needs of society. (This piece first aired on Feb. 16, 2012 on All Things Considered.)
Census data show San Marcos, Texas, is the U.S.'s fastest growing city. Students make up many of the 10,000 people who've moved there since 2010, pushing the population from 45,000 to over 54,000.
The police department in Bangor, Maine, has had a surprise hit with its Facebook page. In a city of 33,000, the page has earned almost 20,000 followers.
A mood study that Facebook conducted on unwitting users has been criticized. Data science plays an integral role at Facebook — for bottom line reasons, and in collaboration with academic researchers.
A young woman has died following last weekend's shoot-out on a busy part of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Nine other passers-by were wounded by the gunfire.
Tensions intensified after the kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teens, and the apparent retribution murder of a Palestinian teen. David Greene talks to ex-U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer.
Maybe it was messier than we thought, some scientists now say. Big brains, long legs, and long childhoods may have evolved piecemeal in different spots, in response to frequent swings in climate.
When he was a boy growing up in Chicago in the 1990s, Dekalb Walcott III says all the kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. But not Dekalb. It was his dad, a fire chief, that he idolized.
June was a good month for job creation, according to the new Labor Department report. Employers added 288,000 positions to payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent.
Sri Lanka has been hit by an epidemic of dengue fever, a potentially deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. A newspaper printed an entire issue with ink made from citronella. Sales went up 30 percent.
Ernesto Frieri of the Anaheim Angles was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jason Grilli. During a layover in Chicago, they both decided to hit the bathroom. Same terminal. Same bathroom.
When Islamist militants surged in Iraq last month, the army collapsed and whole cities fell with frightening speed. Three weeks later, the army has been able to push back. That came after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf. Deep emotion and symbolism fuel the Shiite response.
Walter Dean Myers, an acclaimed children's and young adult writer, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 76 years old. Myers captured what it was like to be young and black while growing up in the city. As he often said, he wrote the books he would have wanted to read as a kid.