Weekend Edition Saturday
Take one ballroom, add thousands of conservatives, stir in hundreds of reporters, and you have an irresistible attraction for GOP presidential hopefuls: the Conservative Political Action Conference.
American job training programs are failing to turn out enough skilled workers to fill job openings in the U.S. That's puzzling to some Europeans, who have a different system for training workers.
The Paralympics are just getting started. Baseball fans are mourning the death of sports medicine pioneer Frank Jobe. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Tom Goldman about the week's sports news.
Speech scientist Rupal Patel customizes synthetic voices for people who can't speak. She tells Guy Raz of TED Radio Hour about helping people communicate in a voice that fits their personality.
New tensions are flaring between Russian and Ukraine, as Russia signaled that it was prepared to annex Crimea. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with New York Times reporter Steven Erlanger.
A Malaysian Airlines flight went off the radar on its flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Three Americans were on board, including an infant.
Just a few years ago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was weathering a financial crisis and a bitter labor dispute. Tune in to Weekend Edition on Sunday to hear about its impressive recovery.
The man who holds the world record for telling the most jokes in an hour is not a comedian, but a Scottish actuary. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the record-holder, Donald MacLeod.
Vegas is bidding to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Besides plenty of hotel rooms, there's another perk to offer.
The crisis in Ukraine stems from a generational divide, according to Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that Russia's Vladimir Putin has plans for Ukraine.
EU countries are threatening punitive economic measures against Russia for its involvement in Crimea, but longstanding ties between Russia and the EU could make sanctions a double-edged sword.
Dinaw Mengestu is known for writing about the immigrant experience, but his latest novel takes a slightly different tack: It's about love born out of loneliness and need, and complicated by war.
In 1998, the novelist befriended a rich, eccentric, art-loving Rockefeller — or so he thought. Kirn explores the man's lies in Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.
Many young people feel they can't afford health insurance. A professor in Houston is trying to educate students about subsidies that could help — and the penalties if they don't sign up now.
In his new book, Ezekiel Emanuel explains How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.
For the second year, hundreds of visual-effects workers will be protesting instead of celebrating Hollywood's big night. They say subsidies luring studios abroad are draining the profession.
A scroll through your Facebook News Feed will turn up BuzzFeed quizzes about what Harry Potter character you are. Ad Age reporter Kate Kaye tells NPR's Scott Simon what BuzzFeed's doing with all the quiz data.
One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson played for UK Soccer club Doncaster Rovers in a reserve game this week against Rotherham United. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with BBC's Andy Kershaw about the game.
South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius goes on trial next week for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Guardian reporter David Smith about the upcoming court case.
In Ukraine's Crimea, "unknown armed men" reportedly attempted to seize an Interior Ministry building overnight. The attempt was thwarted, as Washington Post correspondent William Booth tells NPR's Scott Simon.