It's striking how little current pop hits reflect the angst and anger that have dominated this summer's news. But critic Ann Powers finds that one of 2014's biggest songs offers unexpected guidance.
Also: A California fire prompts officials to call for thousands of evacuations; Iceland may get a volcanic eruption; and wreckage near Java is identified as a U.S. Navy ship that sank in World War 2.
Life as we know it is being threatened by everything from climate change to resource depletion. Commentator Adam Frank looks back at 1177 B.C. — and what we might learn from peoples past.
The move comes after their cease-fire was extended for another 24 hours. It's unclear if the extra time will allow an agreement to stop the Gaza conflict that has killed more than 2,000 people.
Europeans are developing a third option that lies somewhere between legalization and prohibition of marijuana: limited use in private clubs.
The St. Louis suburb has been tense since the Aug. 9 shooting by an officer of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager. Thirty-one people were arrested overnight in violence between protesters and police.
Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.
Critic Heller McAlpin says readers picking up Paulo Coelho's new Adultery in search of deep philosophical insight on marital infidelity and a lack of cliches might be better off with Madame Bovary.
It used to be that a TV appearance was the key to success for comedians. In the past five years stand-up comedy has seen a global revival thanks to the Internet, and in particular, thanks to podcasts.
Legendary skateboarder Jay Adams has died. The 53-year-old skater and surfer was a member of Southern California's Z-Boys team, immortalized in the documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys."
David Greene talks to freelance journalist Yinka Ibukun for the latest news about the Ebola outbreak in Lagos, Nigeria.
Two nights ago, as tensions again boiled over into violence on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, two reporters from Saint Louis Public Radio sought refuge in a nearby home. We learn how one family is coping with the persistent violence.
Kelly McEvers talks to Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim, who's in the besieged city of Aleppo, about the state of the conflict in Syria. Erhaim is the project coordinator for the Syrian Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."
More than one week after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, protests continue. On Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.
Sue Sausser woke and found feathers everywhere. Her bird cage was open — one canary was dead, the other terrified. A brown owl had flown into the 10th story apartment through the open balcony door.
Kelly McEvers talks to Beth Kanter, author of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, about the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge and fundraising on social media.
How much does it cost to raise a child these days? The government says it costs $245,340. That's for a child born in 2013 and covers the period from birth to age 18. College not included.
David Greene talks with Roger Morris, vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about the reasons for the dramatic decline in car thefts over the past 20 years.