There are many ways to refer to the parts of our planet where people lack decent health care, education and services like electricity and clean water. And just about every label has its problems.
Amy Purdy lost both legs below the knee to meningitis at age 19. She's now using her cred as a champion snowboarder to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated.
The taste of foods from our childhood can trigger intense emotional reactions. Thanks to the power of food nostalgia, General Mills is bringing back the sugary cereal French Toast Crunch.
The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.
The new Russian film Leviathan chronicles one man's struggle against a greedy mayor confiscating his property, providing an epic and timely portrait of Russian society.
Earlier this week, the suicide note of a 17-year-old transgender teen from Ohio, went viral. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Greta Martela, creator of a suicide hotline for those struggling with transgender issues.
The unemployment rate for people under the age of 25 is more than twice the national average. As part of our Starting Over series, a young woman figures out how to bridge the "opportunity gap."
This week, 21 states and the District of Columbia raised their minimum wage, affecting an estimated 3.1 million workers; from a Dairy Queen owner in South Dakota to a hotel banquet server in Alaska.
By the summer of 2014, a third of Iraq was under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State or ISIS, and people worried the capital might be next. Six months on, that's changed.
A transgender teen's anguished suicide note has launched a national conversation. The founder of a suicide hotline for trans people says Leelah Alcorn's pain and lack of support are all too common.
Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, serving in the chamber for 13 years. He was a major champion of fair housing laws.
A federal appeals court reject a request from attorneys representing bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the start of trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday.
The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is over 58 and climbing. But in places like Maine, a growing number of under-35 farmers see an opportunity for better lives growing food for their communities.
NPR Music's Stephen Thompson surveys a few anticipated highlights of the coming year in music, including Screaming Females and The Lone Bellow.