NPR NEWS HEADLINESWhat Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia
The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.
Despite Diplomatic Tensions, U.S.-Russian Space Ties Persist
NASA needs Russian rockets to reach the International Space Station, and Russia needs NASA's money to help finance operations.
SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On
Technology talk is often focused on software and programs that run inside our devices. But a "maker movement" is driving interest toward making the physical devices themselves.
Social Distrust Blooms Among Millennials, But Where Are Its Roots?
A Pew Study finds that the milliennial generation has a low level of social trust. There are several possible causes for this distrust, including a skewed social media culture and a faltering economy.
Drug Cartel Boss Dies A Second Time
Nazario Moreno, leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, is dead — again. He was wrongly confirmed dead in 2010, but now, Mexican authorities claim they know "100 percent" that they killed him.
Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down
A recent study finds that a casino's expansion was associated with an increase in family income in its community. In turn, that increase in household income helped lead to a decrease in childhood obesity.
Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality
On display at South by Southwest is an attempt to create the future of storytelling. HBO is working with Oculus — maker of virtual reality goggles — to put the audience right into Game of Thrones.
After A Marathon Game, Two Hockey Teams Split One Trophy
A high school hockey game in Ohio ended in surprise after seven periods of overtime, when officials called it a tie. Chris Irwin, the athletic director of one of the teams, explains the decision.
Hedge Fund Turns To Lobbying To Back Up Its Billion-Dollar Bet
Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman first invested against Herbalife, then lobbied politicians to go after the company. Eric Lipton of The New York Times reported on the story, and he has more details.
Pending Russian Response, Kerry's Travel Plans Are Up In The Air
Before Secretary of State John Kerry agrees to visit Russia, the State Department says it wants to see concrete evidence that Russia's ready for serious discussions on ending the crisis in Ukraine.
Review: 'E.E. Cummings: A Life'
Alan Cheuse reviews E.E. Cummings: A Life, a new biography by Susan Cheever, and discusses the origins of his own fascination with the American poet.
Keep Austin Wary: Snowden Streams Warnings To Tech Conference
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden addressed the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, urging developers to build encryption systems to stifle government snooping.
In Crimea, Public Relations Can Be As Dangerous As Politics
In Ukraine, a dangerous "information war" is being waged by volunteers who are trying to win support in Crimea, where there is a near-total information blackout of pro-Ukrainian opinions.
The Challenges Of Recovering An Airliner Out Of Thin Air
Mark Rosenker, former chairman of the National Transportation and Security Board and CBS news consultant, explains the difficulties involved in the search for the vanished Malaysian airplane.
Broadening Search for Malaysian Airliner Still Yields Only Theories
As dozens of ships and aircraft search a widening swath of the Pacific Ocean, few details are known about the fate of a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared Friday.