Rapper 50 Cent challenged Boxer Floyd Mayweather to read a page of a Harry Potter book aloud without messing up. If he can do it, 50 Cent will donate $750,000 to the charity of Mayweather's choice.
Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.
This is a big political year in Iowa. A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs, and the Republican party has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state — the Virginia-based group Americans For Prosperity. Mobilizing voters, running TV attack ads — when do secretly financed outside groups start to resemble political parties?
In Ferguson, Missouri, some parents have taken their children to protests, while others have chosen to leave them at home. We talk to families about their choices as educators and others meet to discuss how parents and children cope with unfolding events.
More than two months after Afghans voted for a new president, the results are unknown and the process in turmoil. Afghan and international monitors are muddling through an audit of all the ballots cast, and the two candidates are trying to come to agreement on the terms of a national unity government. A security agreement with the U.S. hangs in the balance.
Global health officials are trying to figure out how they can safely and effectively collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors and give it to people sick with the virus. David Greene talks to David Wood, who is part of an Ebola interventions task force for the Word Health Organization.
Kelly McEvers talks to Emile Hokayem, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about the growing shift among some western nations toward the idea of working with Syria's Assad regime against Islamist militants.
David Greene and Kelly McEvers have the Last Word in business.
Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes — saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.
A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
The federal program has centers across the country that provide education and vocational training. Kelly McEvers talks to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez about how Job Corps serves disadvantaged youths.
In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.
David Greene talks to Susan Page, the first U.S. ambassador to South Sudan. The relatively new nation is locked in a crisis over a power struggle between the president and his former vice president.
If I Stay is based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman. Chloë Grace Moretz plays a 17-year-old girl, in a coma after a car wreck, who has to choose between life or death.
Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.
The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.
Kris Kalberer and her family lost their house in 2011. Now they live out of their car. Kris says she feels guilty for not being able to fix this. But her teenage daughter Erika doesn't blame her mom.
Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi tells NPR TV critic Eric Deggans the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.