NPR NEWS HEADLINESFCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost
AM radio was what folks used to gather around to listen to soap operas, big bands and live drama. Later, it's where baby boomers heard the Beatles. Now, it's largely the province of news and talk — and often hard to hear because of interference. The FCC is proposing some changes it hopes will make the AM band relevant again.
Obama Offers Second Chance For Missouri Court Nominee
President Obama quietly nominated Ronnie White, who was rejected for a federal judgeship in 1999, to the bench last month. Experts say they can't remember a time when a judge who's been voted down in the Senate has been renominated.
Will Progress On Nuke Talks Mean More Engagement From Iran?
The U.S. is participating in a historic diplomatic push to curb Iran's nuclear program. Some argue that the inroads on the nuclear issue may persuade Iran — which supports Hezbollah and the Syrian regime — to play a more constructive role in the region on other issues. But that's far from certain.
Ready — Or Not. Abrupt Climate Changes Worry Scientists Most
To forecast sudden global catastrophe — and, perhaps, head it off — we should be spying on the climate at least as closely as we spy on each other, an expert panel warns. Yet the primary global monitoring network has been cut by 30 percent.
27 Years Ago, Keith Jarrett Was A One-Man Band
In 1986, the iconic jazz pianist experimented with drums, bass and electric guitar in his home studio. Decades later, he's finally released the tapes. Reviewer Banning Eyre says that on No End, Jarrett seems to cherish rediscovering a side of his younger self.
Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do
People often question why some pronounce the word "ask" as "ax." We axed several linguists, and it turns out that "ax" has long been an accepted form of the word, used by English speakers for more than a thousand years.
Televangelist Paul Crouch, Who Started Trinity Network, Dies
Televangelist Paul Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at the age of 79. The Pentecostal minister's broadcasting network came to be the world's largest Christian television system with Praise-a-Thon fundraising efforts that brought in as much as $90 million a year in mostly small donations.
Ukrainian President Withstands No-Confidence Vote Amid Protests
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Tuesday as the opposition failed to muster a majority to pass the measure. The opposition, and thousands of protesters now gathered in downtown Kiev, are demanding Yanukovitch's resignation because he refused to sign political and trade agreements with the European Union. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, has been under intense pressure from Moscow to reject membership in the EU and to embrace closer trade ties with Russia and other countries that formerly belonged to the Soviet Union. The protesters in Kiev have vowed to continue their siege of government buildings.
Letters: Not 'Just A Trucker' And John Mayer's Soulful Strumming
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about John Mayer's performance chat with guest host Ari Shapiro, and a listener's rebuke of a story about a 60-year-old Japanese man who was switched with another baby at birth.
White House Revs Up Delayed Push For Health Coverage
With HealthCare.gov able to handle an increasing number of users, the Obama administration finally went on the offensive to urge Americans to sign up for new health insurance. The administration had planned a massive advertising and social media campaign to support the Affordable Care Act back in October, but the push was delayed for two months after the health insurance exchange website failed in its debut. The effort comes as the deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting next year looms.
Judge Upholds Detroit Bankruptcy Eligibility
Detroit is now officially eligible for bankruptcy protection, making it the largest municipal case of it in U.S. history. The city is trying to get out from under a crushing debt topping $18 billion. While the federal judge making the ruling Tuesday scolded the city for hurrying negotiations with unions and creditors, he concluded with was "impracticable" for the city to negotiate in good faith.
Bolshoi Dancer Sentenced To Russian Penal Colony For Acid Attack
A former Bolshoi dancer was sentenced to six years in a penal colony for orchestrating an acid attack on the theater's artistic director. Pavel Dmitrichenko and two co-conspirators were sentenced on Tuesday. Melissa Block talks with New York Times reporter Andrew Roth, who was in the Moscow courtroom.
For First Time, Americans Say U.S. Power In The World Is Declining
For the first time in 40 years, a majority of Americans say that the U.S. plays a less important and powerful role as a world leader than it did a decade ago, according to Pew's America's Place in the World poll. The Pew poll also finds that more Americans disapprove than approve of President Obama's handling of foreign policy. Robert Siegel talks about the poll results with Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, to make sense of what the results might mean.
Biden Arrives In Beijing As Trouble Brews Over The East China Sea
Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Beijing tonight from Tokyo, part of an Asian tour that has been dominated by tensions in the East China Sea. Both Japan and the U.S. have deplored China's new air defense identification zone, which covers an area that includes disputed islands under Japanese control.
Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses
The deadline to apply to legally grow and sell pot is coming up in Washington, but growers are finding there are pros and cons to going legit. Applicants must invest big money to qualify for a license, and it's unclear what the new system will mean for existing medical growers.