Melissa Block talks with Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, the American journalist who was recently killed by extremist militants with the Islamic State.
A Texas law would require doctor's offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
A tragedy at an Arizona shooting range this week has set off a debate about children using high-powered weapons, as well as America's gun culture.
Research shows that when students are paired with roommates from different backgrounds, they tend to develop more tolerant attitudes.
David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.
Daisy Hernandez writes that she has a love-hate relationship with Sofía Vergara's image. She says portrayals of Latinas as curvy and sexy are everywhere, especially in Spanish-language TV shows.
When the Colombian actress appeared in a widely-derided stunt at the Emmys, much of the attendant outrage centered on her very prominent image. Juan Vidal argues this lets Hollywood off the hook.
Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about our recent reenactment of the burning of Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812.
A recent ban on a film documenting the assassination of a prime minister is stirring controversy in India. NPR's Julie McCarthy looks at how the world's largest democracy balances censorship with free speech.
President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
For six weeks, workers at Market Basket have protested to demand the reinstatement of the supermarket chain's former president, Arthur T. Demoulas. On Thursday, they got their way. Demoulas, who had been ousted by the company's board in June, will be returning to his position as part of a new deal.
U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.
Dr. Tim Smith, a visual scientist at the University of London, discusses how our brains perceive what's seen on the big screen. How do we process images, events and stories that we see in the movies?
Hackers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks recently. The FBI is investigating what's being called a sophisticated cyberattack, but bank officials have not yet found any evidence of fraud.
In the North Texas wilderness, men to find out what it means to come of age on the range — and what it means to pass that experience on to their children.
Lithuania has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia's new incursions into Ukraine. The issue's also likely to dominate an upcoming NATO summit. Since sanctions seem to have failed to change Russia's calculations, the U.S. and its European partners are still trying to find a way to effectively protect Ukraine's sovereignty.
The controversy surrounding the police showdown with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., will be coming to Congress. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has scheduled a hearing to look into the confrontation.