All Things Considered
The weekend after Thanksgiving, a 30-year Pittsburgh tradition gets underway — the annual Dirty Dozen bike race. It's when some of the city's toughest residents tackle its steepest hills.
Kate Munger founded the a capella group Threshold Choir to provide comfort to the sick and dying. Host Arun Rath talks with Munger about the choir's somewhat morbid services.
Bentley is selling 20 times as many cars as when it was acquired by Volkswagen in 1998. Having the the marketing power of a global brand behind it has helped Bentley. So has a shift in the car's reputation. The Bentley has gone from the stodgy afterthought to Rolls Royce to a desired ride for young athletes and celebrities.
Last month, military investigators began a process to charge Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera with two counts of murder in the 2007 fatal shooting of two deaf, unarmed Iraqi youths. But Carl Prine, a reporter who has been following the story, says it is still unclear what happened and why it took so long for the military to act.
Actor Paul Walker, famous for his role in the Fast and Furious films has died. The 40-year-old actor died Saturday in a fiery car crash in North Los Angeles.
If you're a woman, you're probably paid less than your male colleagues — 77 cents on the dollar, to be exact. Now Boston thinks it has a solution to eradicate the wage gap. It starts with getting businesses to sign a pledge.
Ozy editor Eugene Robinson tells NPR's Arun Rath about two dueling divas in Bangladeshi politics, the rising popularity of an obscure winter sport, and tattoos that you can wear to work.
Everyone knows TV judges like Judge Judy, Judge Wapner, or Judge Joe Brown. But do you know Judge John Hodgman? Hodgman — a comedian known for his appearances on The Daily Show -- hosts the podcast Judge John Hodgman, where he rules on real-life disputes between siblings, friends and couples.
A group of people inspired by a book on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are creating theater around the idea that his death could have been part of a conspiracy. And the questions don't stop there.
What would you pay for a fossil of two complete dinosaurs locked in what seems to be a fight to the death? An auction house put that question to the test with the dinosaurs, discovered in 2006 in the Hell Creek formation of Montana. It got an unexpected answer.
The Great Beauty is the latest portrait of the city onscreen, in all its wonder, decadence, sinfulness and ugliness. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is also Italy's official entry for this year's Academy Awards.
Earlier this week, international negotiators agreed on a deal to curb the Iranian nuclear program temporarily. Author Ariel Dorfman offers context to the reactions that have followed. He suggests a book of poetry by the Sufi master Rumi, a fascinating glimpse into the lives and ideas that shape Persian identity.
Cider is still a small part of the overall alcohol market, but it's growing faster than any other category — and not just the hot mulled stuff that steams up your kitchen. This cider is more like sparkling wine. Some of it is made with the same apple varieties, and in the same style, as the cider bottled by Thomas Jefferson.
NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and surgeon David Reines ran into each other not long after their spouses had passed away. Soon — despite a couple of unforeseen events — the pair realized it was kismet that they had found each other.
Edgar Lugo admitted to killing several people in Mexico when he was kid, served three years in a Mexico prison and is now freed to live back in the U.S. Ari Shapiro speaks with Richard Fausset, a writer with The Los Angeles Times, about the release of teen assassin Edgar Lugo, who is now 17.
Manufacturers in Oregon want to hire high school students. But they don't want the kinds of high school students that colleges are after — the kind who have amazing test scores and will spend hours perfecting essays. They want teenagers who want to paint, weld and work with their hands. The hope is that those teens will turn into enthusiastic workers in an industry where the current workforce is headed toward retirement.
Forecasters expected the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season to be really busy — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Americans to expect between seven and 11 hurricanes. But this year has been one of the quietest on record. Why were the predictions so far off?
A Mormon Bishop in Taylorsville, Utah, went to great lengths last Sunday to teach his congregation a lesson. David Musselman disguised himself as a homeless person and walked around outside before the service. Then, in character, he walked up to the pulpit and asked to deliver remarks. He tells Ari Shapiro what happened next.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest, most hectic shopping day of the year. But how important is it for retailers and as an indicator of the strength of the holiday shopping season?
Ari Shapiro talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Suzanne Kapner about the fake discounts retailers build into their products during the holiday season.