As China and the U.S. strike a landmark climate change deal, NPR's Scott Simon asks science correspondent Christopher Joyce how effective these climate targets have been historically.
Bill and Camille Cosby have loaned more than 60 pieces of art to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the Cosbys about their collection.
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott about the language NPR uses and why.
From a Hail Mary pass on the Keystone pipeline aimed at saving Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to attempts to block White House appointments and executive actions, the next month in Congress could be busy.
On his new album, the salsa singer, actor and one time presidential contender in Panama rearranged some of his salsa songs as tangos. In doing so, he found new things in his lyrics and himself.
The president took a stand on net neutrality this week, saying the idea that traffic is treated equally should be protected like a public utility. Critics called it "Obamacare for the Internet."
Sir Roger Moore has played James Bond more than any other actor; his new memoir One Lucky Bastard chronicles a life spent working and laughing with stars — and learning how to kiss from Lana Turner.
The world of global health is an acronym soup. And the Ebola virus has generated its own list.
Backers of the Common Core say it's important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn't be a struggle for kids. We'll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.
There is a crime wave in the West right now. Cattle theft, or as they call it in Oklahoma, cattle rustling, is on the rise. The crime is as old as America, and it's making a big comeback.
Her up-and-down relationship with the Daleys and their Democratic machine led her into and then out of the top office in Chicago. She was 81.
Mission Control re-established contact with the Philae lander, which has been unable to recharge by solar power. Its bumpy landing left it in the shadow of a cliff. Still, it continues to send data.
A bankruptcy judge has approved pay benefits cuts for workers at the ailing Trump Taj Mahal casino. But in the city's grim job market, better-paying opportunities elsewhere are few and far between.
One of the largest public school systems in the U.S. dropped religious affiliations for holidays on its school calendar. The decision represents a classic church and state battle.
Blackwater founder Erik Prince takes a look at the military contractor's history and the controversy surrounding it in Civilian Warriors. It appears at No. 15.
Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, a collection of short stories following a retired Maine school teacher, appears at No. 10.
Food Network host Ina Garten shares culinary tips in her newest cookbook Make It Ahead. It appears at No. 4.
In the latest installment of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, a case reopens when a victim dies nine years after a shooting. The Burning Room debuts at No. 2.
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