A hot wind blows from the Sahara Desert across West Africa each winter. This year, the clouds of sand are so thick that flights are grounded, cocoa trees are suffering and everyone has a cough.
Our panelists predict what will be next for rats now that they've been cleared of the plague.
Bill reads three news-related limericks: Obama's Right & Left Hand Man; Jewish Ju-Ju; Dove Bar Skin Care.
More questions for the panel: Sculpturebombing; Marvin Don't Take My Kodachrome; Very Tightie Whities.
Our panelists tell three stories about a way in which Patrick Swayze's legacy still guides us, only one of which is true.
Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Choosy Mothers Do Not Choose Jihad.
Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Homeland Insecurity; Is She or Isn't She?; Gerbils!
Marky Ramone, who has just written a memoir called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, will see if he can correctly answer three questions about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
The organization, an offshoot of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood, controls the Gaza Strip.
From Lana Del Rey to Father John Misty, musicians in the current pop moment who expose themselves, warts and all, do so in isolation, without support or challenge from a like-minded community.
Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board.
The opposition leader and harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down in public on Friday.
Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.
Wilmore talks about how he's is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show; Alexis Madrigal explores a home full of appliances with computers; Gifford discusses his new book Spring Chicken about longevity.
President Obama late Friday signed a stopgap measure to keep the department running for another week, but the tussle over his executive action on immigration, linked to the funding, is not over yet.
Leonard Nimoy died Friday at the age of 83. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the man who was best known for his role as Spock.
In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.
We all know public radio types are pretty sharp, right? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Laura Lorson about her appearance on Jeopardy! Lorson hosts All Things Considered on KANU in Lawrence, Kan.
It's still winter, but baseball spring training has already begun. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com from Arizona, where teams are busy practicing before the season kicks off.