All Things Considered
Three for a Song is a performing trio with a love for the 1930s, during which some of the greatest songwriters who ever lived wrote music that would enter the canon of American popular song. But the group has recently added a quirk to its repertoire: performing songs that were never popular.
A woman was killed when a four-story building collapsed in Philadelphia on Wednesday. A dozen others were rescued from the rubble.
President Obama has selected Susan Rice to take over as White House national security adviser as Tom Donilon steps down after four years. The president is nominating former aide Samantha Power to fill Rice's position as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
One of the foremost breast cancer charities, the Susan G. Komen foundation, has canceled important fundraising walks in Washington, D.C., and other major cities next year.
President Obama has selected trusted advisers Susan Rice and Samantha Power for key foreign policy positions. Rice has been under fire for her characterization of the attack last year in Benghazi. She withdrew her name for consideration as secretary of state after Senate Republicans threatened to block her possible nomination. Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about the political calculations behind the president's picks.
With Amazon reportedly moving into the online grocery delivery arena, Audie Cornish speaks with industry analyst Bill Bishop of the consulting group Brick Meets Click, about what the online giant stands to gain or lose with its latest foray.
NPR's Tom Goldman talks to Robert Siegel about the possible suspensions of up to 20 Major League Baseball players for their connection to a South Florida lab that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.
As President Obama meets his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, many experts hope this will be the start of something new: regular high-level contacts. History shows it is always dangerous when established powers face rising powers.
Lawyers for Jefferson County, Alabama, and its creditors have reached a deal to end what is the largest municipal government bankruptcy in U.S. history. Both sides were in court earlier Wednesday to hash out the details.
Robert Siegel talks with Sherif Mansour, an Egyptian-American who was sentenced to two years in prison by an Egyptian court Tuesday for his work with a pro-democracy group.
As hurricane season begins, New Yorkers are debating how to protect the city's 520 miles of coastline from major storms and rising sea levels. One camp favors giant offshore barriers to divert storm surge. The other says barriers are too expensive and too risky. They argue New York must learn to live with water by making streets, subways and buildings more resilient to flooding.
Former President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries spoke at a memorial service for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers on Wednesday morning. Evers was killed 50 years ago this month.
Syrian troops and Hezbollah militants have recaptured the town of Qusair. The town near the Lebanese border had been under rebel control for more than a year. Rebel commanders confirm that their forces have retreated to two villages north of the town. Kelly McEvers
First lady Michelle Obama's confrontation with a heckler at a Democratic Party fundraiser Tuesday night has sparked a dramatic range of reaction.
Army Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime massacre. Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Martin Kaste, who listened to Sgt. Bales recount the killings at a military court hearing in Washington state. Bales has struck a deal with prosecutors that will spare him the death penalty.
A dozen people were rescued from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The Myanmar opposition leader is being criticized for cooperating with the former military rulers who kept her under house arrest for nearly two decades. But supporters say she is trying to show she has what it takes to lead the nation.