Conversations at the World Cafe
It used to be that a TV appearance was the key to success for comedians. In the past five years stand-up comedy has seen a global revival thanks to the Internet, and in particular, thanks to podcasts.
Legendary skateboarder Jay Adams has died. The 53-year-old skater and surfer was a member of Southern California's Z-Boys team, immortalized in the documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys."
David Greene talks to freelance journalist Yinka Ibukun for the latest news about the Ebola outbreak in Lagos, Nigeria.
Two nights ago, as tensions again boiled over into violence on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, two reporters from Saint Louis Public Radio sought refuge in a nearby home. We learn how one family is coping with the persistent violence.
Kelly McEvers talks to Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim, who's in the besieged city of Aleppo, about the state of the conflict in Syria. Erhaim is the project coordinator for the Syrian Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."
More than one week after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, protests continue. On Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.
Kelly McEvers talks to Beth Kanter, author of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, about the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge and fundraising on social media.
How much does it cost to raise a child these days? The government says it costs $245,340. That's for a child born in 2013 and covers the period from birth to age 18. College not included.
David Greene talks with Roger Morris, vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about the reasons for the dramatic decline in car thefts over the past 20 years.
The headline, Obama To Cut Costs By Packing Lunch Every Day For U.S. Populace, is a fake. To make sure you know that, Facebook is going to put the word satire in front of some links in your newsfeed.
The actions in Ferguson, Mo., have inspired talk about the militarization of U.S. police departments. The real question, is whether police have become militarized in their attitude toward the public.
USAID's Nancy Lindborg: "What we have now ... are really complex, difficult crises that are fundamentally the result of non-democratic governments."
Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
Reviewer Richard Torres calls Yamma Brown's new memoir of her father a valuable, warts-and-all portrait of a troubled icon — and the way the cycle of abuse can turn through famous families.
This week in tech, we read IT people need to be half technologist, half psychologist; more and more women are leaving the engineering field; and Tom Hanks created an app for the hipster in all of us.
The virus has been in the headlines since March, but both in Africa and the rest of the world, there's a lot of confusion. Take our Ebola quiz to see if you've kept up with all the twists and turns.
The Grammy-winning songwriter has a Midas touch of sorts: Everything she touches turns to tech. Heap speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new album and the electronic gloves she used to make it.