From the Top

Subscribe to From the Top feed From the Top
Assorted stories from NPR
Updated: 11 min ago

Catalan Leader Triggers Showdown With Spain Over Independence

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:53am

Catalonia's President Charles Puigdemont failed to clarify the region's stand on independence in a letter to Spain's prime minister — a move that Madrid has threatened will end the region's autonomy.

(Image credit: Manu Fernandez/AP)

Pink's New Album Inspired By Life's Beauty And Trauma

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

On her latest album, Pink, aka Alecia Moore, sings about the beauty and trauma of life. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Moore about her new album, Beautiful Trauma. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: The f-word word is bleeped at approximately 0:45.

In Puerto Rico, Generators Divide Those With And Those Without

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

With Puerto Rico facing weeks, and possibly months, without electric power on much of the island, many residents have become dependent on generators. The reliance on generators has introduced a new division in the U.S. territory.

From Hamilton To Grant: Ron Chernow Paints A 'Farsighted' President in New Biography

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

After the incredible success of his last book, which inspired an award-winning Broadway musical, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow is back with a new biography on leader of both the Union and the country, Ulysses S. Grant.

As Weinstein Allegations Grow, Male Victims Of Sexual Abuse Speak Out

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

In the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, several celebrities have shared their own experiences of abuse, including men. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with journalist and author Helen Benedict about male victims of sexual abuse.

The Latest On International Elections

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

Several key elections are underway, coming up or sharply contested in the heated political climates of Venezuela, Liberia, Kenya and the Catalonian region of Spain.

'The Day We've Dreamed Of Has Arrived': Napa County To Begin Wildfires Recovery

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

The Northern California wildfires killed at least 40 people and forced some 75,000 to evacuate. But Napa officials say firefighters have made enough progress for the county to switch to recovery mode.

Somalia Hopes U.S. Will Step Up After Historically Deadly Bombing

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

A truck bombing in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, has left some 200 people dead. Analysts hope the historical attack will unite Somalis in the fight against the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Far-Right Expected To Win Austrian Elections

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

Austrians vote today in an election likely to shake up the traditional two-party structure of politics in Austria — and see an anti-immigrant far-right party form part of the next government.

Chicago's Jewish Community Unites To Be More Inclusive Of People With Disabilities

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:55pm

Houses of worship struggle with how to be inclusive of people with disabilities. An ambitious effort in Chicago is part of a nation-wide movement to help synagogues be more welcoming.

(Image credit: Courtesy Monique Parsons)

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro Once Wrote A Screenplay About Eating A Ghost

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:39pm

Written in the '80s, The Gourmet is an absurdist satire exploring the politics of food and the hedonistic culture of consumerism that treats it as a recreational drug. It's still strikingly relevant.

(Image credit: Rick Eglinton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Already A Historic Storm, Weakening Ophelia Draws A Bead On British Isles

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 2:37pm

The Category 1 hurricane is expected to weaken further before arriving in Ireland on Monday. As a Category 3 storm Saturday, it reached farther east in the Atlantic than any major hurricane on record.

(Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

Vice Presidents Enter Fray In Final Weeks f Virginia's Governor Race

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 1:55pm

Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden attempt to sway Virginia voters in governor's race, which is widely expected to be an early indication of 2018 mid-terms elections.

(Image credit: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Bombing In Somalia Kills Dozens; Death Toll Expected To Rise

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 9:09am

At least 85 people were killed and hundreds injured Saturday in an attack in Mogadishu.

(Image credit: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Todd Haynes On 'Wonderstruck,' And Evolution Of Deaf Culture In The U.S.

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

In the movie Wonderstruck, children in different time periods embark on quests to find themselves. Director Todd Haynes explains the film's artistic choices and its significance to the deaf community.

More Destructive, Expensive, Dangerous: What's Ramping Up Wildfires?

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

The author of Megafire: The Race To Extinguish A Deadly Epidemic Of Flame, says a wet spring counterintuitively is feeding Western wildfires this year — and dangerous dry winds haven't peaked yet.

For Every President Since Reagan, Immigration Has Been One More Minefield

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

After nine months in office, President Trump has found the many issues of immigration more vexing than he may have imagined — something Trump has in common with a long line of predecessors.

Austrian Voters Expected To Elect Sebastian Kurz As New Chancellor

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

The 31-year-old conservative foreign minister has moved his party sharply to the right on issues like immigration and Islam. He is widely expected to become Austria's chancellor after Sunday's vote.

(Image credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

As Trump Moves To Renegotiate NAFTA, U.S. Farmers Are Hopeful But Nervous

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

Farmers say exports are a crucial part of their business and they're warily watching as the Trump administration pushes to remake the long-standing trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

(Image credit: John Ydstie/NPR)

Ireland, Post-Brexit: 1 Island, 2 Economies, Dozens Of Smuggling Routes

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

Farmers and manufacturers on both sides of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland fear that Brexit could bring a return of tariffs that could damage their businesses.




WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions


(256) 895-9574

(800) 239-9574