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Stephen Paddock, the shooter who left 58 dead before killing himself this week, was part of a high-roller gambler culture in Las Vegas and Reno, where his girlfriend was a high-end casino cocktail waitress.

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with David Frum, senior editor of The Atlantic, about how mass shootings drive up support for laxer gun laws. Increasing unsafety and the perception of high crime rates has led to people to cling onto guns.

The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature is Kazuo Ishiguro. After the past two years, in which the Swedish academy honored a Russian journalist and a certain American songwriter, it marks a return to literary fiction.

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones. Follman, who keeps a database of mass shootings in the U.S., discusses what he's learned about the motives behind such events, and how Stephen Paddock does or doesn't fit into existing patterns.

Some Congressional Republicans are sounding open to the idea of legislation to restrict bump stocks, devices possessed by the Las Vegas shooter that convert a weapon to fire in an automatic fashion.

Journalist Mike Spies says the NRA's push to allow guns on college campuses, daycare centers and bars is part of an effort to "normalize gun carrying as much as possible in American public life."

Across the country, so-called DREAMers have been scrambling to renew their DACA benefits for the last time before the Trump Administration begins phasing out the program in March.

Underscoring the severity of the U.S. overdose crisis, a first-of-its kind opioid intervention court aims to get drug-addicted criminal defendants into recovery before their criminal case is heard.

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., about the bill he co-sponsored to close the loophole on devices which make semi-automatic weapons into rapid-fire automatic weapons.

A bill passed by the California Legislature requires drugmakers to give 60 days' notice before raising a drug's price by 16 percent or more over two years, and to justify the price increase.




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