At the Oscars, 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture. Screenwriter John Ridley says the film sparked discussions about slavery's legacy. (This talk initially aired on Feb. 27, 2014, on Morning Edition.)
The northeastern town of Olinda throws as good a Carnival party as anywhere else in Brazil, but its celebrations are marked by giant puppets. It's been a tradition there for 100 years.
Steve Inskeep talks to former chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Company Donald Graham and activist Gaby Pacheco, whose parents illegally brought her to the U.S. from Ecuador when she was 7.
California got some sorely needed rain over the weekend, causing its own set of problems. High winds and heavy rain caused mudslides and power outages.
President Obama has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that there will be "costs" for Russia's actions in Ukraine. David Greene talks Fiona Hill, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.
Attention is focusing on whether Russian leader Vladimir Putin will stop at Crimea or order his troops into eastern Ukraine, which also has a sizable pro-Russian population.
Joseph Dear, the chief investment officer of CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension system has died. He helped the fund recover from substantial losses incurred during the recession.
Secretary of State John Kerry will head to Kiev to meet with and show support for officials of a Ukrainian government that's less than a week old. That government is trying to stand firm.
After days of heavy rain, the sun came out just as the 86th annual Academy Awards got underway in Los Angeles. The big acting awards went to Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett.
More than two dozen people have been knifed to death in what Chinese authorities are calling a terrorist attack in a railway station over the weekend.
President Obama spoke to the leaders of Britain, Germany and Poland on Sunday, and together they expressed "grave concern" over Russia's move to assert control over the Crimea region of Ukraine.
As electronic cigarette companies get bold with advertising, anti-smoking groups fear the ads will lure teens and get them hooked on nicotine.
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the execution of the "mentally retarded." Monday the court is looking at the case of a convicted man who says Florida's definition of mental disability is too strict.