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.
An accident at the site appears to be more serious than first disclosed. Nobody knows what happened, but it's shaping up to be a major setback for the nation's only dedicated nuclear waste dump.
In the Chicago suburb of Lockport, the owner of the Big Run Wolf Ranch took his small tiger out for a stroll. Even though the cat was on a leash, he faces misdemeanor charges.
An accident at a nuclear waste site in New Mexico appears more serious than initially thought. Government officials and private contractors say 13 people have been exposed to radioactivity.
The crisp and efficient thriller Non-Stop benefits from the intangibles that Liam Neeson brings to the role of a U.S. air marshal dealing with a nightmare scenario.
Several shows including Phantom of the Opera plan to move the traditional Wednesday matinee to the next day. Broadway executives think Thursday matinees will draw in tourists for a long weekend.
Emily Keeler stayed calm and took to social media. She wrote, "Everything is closed, no one is here." She asked if she should head to the bedding department for the night.
Nikita Khrushchev transferred the Crimean peninsula to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954. David Greene talks Nina Khrushcheva, the Soviet leader's great granddaughter about the history.