All Things Considered
Booz Allen Hamilton, the multi-billion-dollar employer of the National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, has one customer: The United States government. And that customer entrusts it with some of its most closely-held national security secrets.
The small town of Manchester, Tenn., is trying to figure out what happened this past week. Hundreds of activists heckled a U.S. Attorney who was making a speech on hate crimes and cheered as Muslims described the firebombing of a nearby mosque. The activists say they feel Islam is getting unfair preference by the U.S. government. Muslims say the incident shows they have lots of work to do.
Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Kirk Siegler about Friday's shootings in Santa Monica, Calif. A gunman killed six people before he was shot and killed.
People often talk about African-Americans and other minorities being subject to "food deserts" — areas where fresh, healthy, affordable food is hard to come by. The findings of an NPR poll suggest that we should be thinking about "popcorn deserts," too.
Southern California Edison announced Friday morning that it will not restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant. The facility has been offline for a year and a half after a leak in a steam tube created safety concerns.
Entrepreneurs, investors and data geeks descended on Washington, D.C., in pursuit of better ways to make health information useful for consumers. They urged bureaucrats to set the health data free.
With the help of her son Lawrence Blume, Judy Blume has adapted her 1981 novel into a film. The widely beloved coming-of-age author speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about turning the book into a movie, and how the themes in Tiger Eyes echo her own life.
Watching Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO Go with a friend or family member's password? You're not nearly alone — and that may spell trouble for providers.
Open water swimmers in Utah perform weekly marathon swims in water five times saltier than the ocean. They endure blisters, wild currents, a variety of temperatures and water that tastes "like a battery." They treasure the beautiful view and the refuge from boat traffic.
Thursday night, the Miami Heat out-rebounded the San Antonio Spurs. But they lost. In fact, both teams in the finals are horrible rebounding teams. So how did they get this far? By doing other things very well. In the NBA, some statistics are more important than others.
President Obama spoke for the first time about revelations that his administration has been continuing the monitoring of Internet communications and warehousing of cellphone records that began under President Bush. Obama defended both programs as necessary to keep the country safe and said Congress had been kept fully apprised.
In a secret intelligence program called PRISM, the government obtained access to troves of data from some of the largest tech companies in the country, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. The government says the search was limited to foreign targets, not Americans or non-citizens living in the U.S. The intelligence operation potentially undermines the companies' pledge to protect customer privacy.
Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot came to Washington to meet members of the Obama administration and Congress. The feminist activist band is hoping to persuade U.S. officials to visit two of their members in Russian penal colonies to highlight their plight.
In a speech Friday, President Obama tried to assure the public that the National Security Agency surveillance programs that recently came to light are all legal and have proper oversight. That assurance is not putting everyone at ease. Robert Siegel speaks with Cindy Cohn, the legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
President Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping as details emerge about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. Obama defended the programs at an event Friday morning. Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.
Robert Siegel speaks with columnist David Brooks of The New York Times and Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker about this week's big disclosures of data collection by the National Security Agency.
May was another month of steady but modest job growth. Employers across the economy added 175,000 jobs last month, in line with analyst predictions. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent.