Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about who might succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve, and what challenges the new Fed Chief will face. Bernanke has been Federal Reserve chairman for some of the most tumultuous years in the Fed's 100-year history. His second, four-year term expires in January.
President Obama says it's outrageous that the Internal Revenue Service apparently targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny. Some say there has not been enough scrutiny of groups across the political spectrum that are tax exempt yet which also advocate political causes. NPR's Brian Naylor looks at the regulations governing non-profits and political organizations.
The French Government is weighing a proposal to tax Google, Apple and possibly other large technology firms to raise revenue for the arts and cultural programs. The tax could well exacerbate friction between technology multinationals and the French Government, but the government contends that the new tax would be similar to taxes already imposed on TV users, broadcasters and Internet providers.
In October 2011, Jessica Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was kidnapped by land pirates. For 93 days she fought off despair while her husband, Erik Landemalm, wondered if he'd ever see her again. In a two-part interview, Buchanan and Landemalm recall Buchanan's capture and dramatic rescue.
The apple trees are heading for full blossom in Michigan, after a disastrous 2012 crop, when only 15 percent of the apples survived. But this year's harvest is expected to set records, as growers say they've had a chance to update equipment and the trees have stored up extra energy.
British Prime Minister David Cameron meets at the White House with President Obama on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Cameron about the options for dealing with the Syrian conflict.
He won his seat by having his name picked out of a hat — an annual tradition for the small town of 22. Mayor Tufts is celebrated in town as a singer, dancer, and fisherman.
Etta May Lopez wanted to stop smoking. She decided she needed to go someplace where she could not buy cigarettes. After slapping a Sacramento sheriff's deputy, she now has 63 days to stop smoking.
Curse words change over time — back in the ninth century you could say the "s" word and no one would be offended. But we always need a set of words that are off-limits, and in her new book, author Melissa Mohr explains how the words that shock us reveal a lot about society's values.
Now that YouTube runs advertising on videos of cover songs, musicians like Tyler Ward are working with agencies to negotiate higher shares of that revenue.
In Pakistan, two-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is quickly moving to form a central government for a third time in this volatile country. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League has amassed a commanding lead in unofficial returns from Saturday's election.
Have Republicans finally succeeded in persuading the public at large that the Benghazi attack wasn't just a tragedy but actually a huge scandal? Another big problem for the Obama administration was revealed last week:the IRS was paying special attention to conservative political groups.
Last summer, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis hosted the first Internet Cat Video Festival. It was so popular it went viral and the show went on the road. Over the weekend, more than 6,000 people turned out at the Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival.
Certain Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders are being recalled because the transmission could shift by itself — from park into neutral — with no warning to the driver. The source of the problem: cracks in the circuit board that can cause a faulty signal on start up.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an investigation in the hottest sector of Washington's influence industry: political intelligence. It's the business of collecting highly detailed information from Congress and the regulatory agencies, and using it to make money on Wall Street.
Steve Inskeep talks to Declan Walsh, a correspondent with The New York Times, about his experience covering Pakistan for nearly a decade, and his ejection from the country over the weekend. The Pakistani government canceled Walsh's visa just as the campaign was ending.
Steve Inskeep talks to regular contributor Cokie Roberts about what's ahead this week in politics.
David Greene speaks with Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm about their book Impossible Odds. It's the story of Jessica's abduction, along with a fellow aid worker, by Somali pirates in 2011. In the first of the two-part interview, we hear how Jessica was abducted, and how she refused to fall into despair while in captivity.
The results from Pakistan's parliamentary elections, which were held over the weekend are still unofficial. But state TV estimates former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his party close to a majority in the national assembly.