President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U.S. relations with China.
In North Carolina, Republican incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory trails his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper by 10,000 votes. One of the largest counties has a recount this weekend.
Late Cuban leader Fidel Castro leaves behind a complicated legacy both in his home country and abroad. Professor Mark Sawyer of UCLA looks at how his views on race affected generations of Afro-Cubans.
British vegetarians, vegans and religious objectors are expressing outrage this week after the Bank of England revealed that its new 5 pound note contains trace amounts of beef tallow.
Republican consultant Puneet Ahluwalia, consultant Jolene Ivey, and Farajii Muhammad of Listen Up! radio take on "rage donations," corporations getting political and Nike's new self-tying shoe.
Trump's pick of retired Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary will require Congress to bypass a certain law. Professor Peter Feaver of Duke University discusses the law's origins.
U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon discusses anticipated changes to the U.S.-U.K. relationship with the incoming Trump administration and his pick for defense secretary, James Mattis.
Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro's rule in Cuba.
Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.
NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?"