For Cal Tech scientist Yanbei Chen, the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves wasn't a surprise. He first heard the news in September, but had to keep it secret for months.
Planet Money tries to find out how low oil prices will change Saudi Arabia economically and culturally.
The next big Republican primary is just over a week from now in South Carolina, which has a strong track record for picking the eventual winner. The state also has a history of dirty politics.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, about the upcoming primaries in his state.
The occupation of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon came to a close earlier Thursday after a standoff that began in early January. The last four people holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to federal authorities.
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is back in the spotlight with an Oscar nomination for her role as a murderous woman in the movie The Hateful Eight. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with her about being cast by Quentin Tarantino.
Court documents filed by city officials in the case of Tamir Rice have provoked outrage. The documents included an invoice for the transport of the dead 12-year-old to a local hospital.
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate in Milwaukee Thursday night. It's the first chance for voters to see them since Sanders' big win in New Hampshire.
NATO is sending warships to patrol the waters between Turkey and the Greek islands, hoping to stop the activities of smugglers moving migrants into Europe. But those smugglers almost never leave the Turkish coast, and many people in Greece see the move as a public relations exercise aimed at assuaging German public opinion.
The city of Ecatepec, Mexico, got a makeover just in time for the Pope Francis' visit, which will undoubtedly show the schism between Francis' progressive church and Mexico's conservative hierarchy.
NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews Ivo Daalder, former ambassador to NATO and currently president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, about how NATO can help the migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea.
A year ago, the 10-piece band was working day jobs and gigging on weekends. Ari Shapiro talks with members Kam Franklin and Adam Castaneda about making the leap that landed them on a national stage.
Alt.Latino puts aside its hatred of Valentine's Day to hear New Yorkers' tales of love lost and found.
The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one prominent economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
We take a look as February 14 approaches at some of the less romantic movies you could add to your schedule.
The poll from STAT and Harvard finds that 65 percent of people believe editing a baby's genes before birth should be illegal.
Following the White House sex scandal of the 1990s, Monica Lewinsky endured public shame and trauma. Now, she is speaking out about it as a way to help others in similar circumstances.
Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.
Humanitarian Zainab Salbi explains how life continues in the midst of war — and how the ones who "keep life going" are women.
Explorer Ben Saunders is the first person to finish the perilous trek from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. He describes what he had to endure in order to survive the journey.