If Democrats have a chance of hanging onto Senate seats in southern states, they need to do well with African American voters. But for President Obama, that creates a difficult balance between turning out the base and energizing GOP voters who don't like him.
Since his early days in politics, President Obama has championed the cause of expanding access to the ballot box. But that cause is facing growing resistance, in the guise of preventing "voter fraud."
Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read stories about the memorable letters listeners have stored and savored over the years. The call-out was inspired by last week's series on "Letters of Note."
The San Francisco area is the home to the high-tech sector and has a history of embracing Eastern spirituality. Now the two meet in the yoga and meditation classes popular with the local tech workers.
What's in a name? Bob Peterson President and CEO of the American Royal tells Robert Siegel where the local baseball team got their name and why the main event this week is not at Kauffman Stadium.
Game one of the World Series begins tonight between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Relief pitching and scrappy play by both teams are expected to make the series close.
Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.
Dutch bikers joined forces with Kurdish fighters in Iraq. Europeans have joined the ISIS ranks. But foreign fighters — volunteers that fight for a cause, and not for money — aren't a new idea. Robert Siegel talks with David Malet of the University of Melbourne, about foreign fighters over the last few centuries.
Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.
"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.
A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.
About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.
The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be foreign government do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.
Stories of trafficking — including a sting using a "Walking Dead" actress — are making headlines. An expert talks about the practice, which victimizes millions around the world.
This week on All Songs Considered: the reunion of a band very dear to our hearts, The Flaming Lips cover Sgt. Pepper's and selections from NPR Music's showcase during the CMJ music festival.
CNN called it a "presidential love triangle" at an Illinois polling location, but, really, the episode was just some good fun.
Jeffrey Fowle was arrested in June for allegedly leaving a Bible in his North Korean hotel room. Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae remain in custody.
Using math and imagination, a college professor creates a new kind of kippah.
It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.