More and more towns are hosting festivals to bring extra money into the area. But these attractions can be disruptive, and one town in Michigan isn't sure it wants any more. Traverse City is looking at new restrictions to cure "festival fatigue," to the dismay of the business community.
Ari Shapiro speaks with political commentators, EJ Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the HealthCare.gov Website and the discord over reaching a troop agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
The Obama Administration this week announced yet another delay for small businesses seeking to purchase health insurance on the troubled HealthCare.gov website. Ari Shapiro and Julie Rovner discuss how the small business part of the program keeps getting pushed to the end of the administration's priority list.
Scientists have identified special cells in the brain's hippocampus that mimic a trick of some digital cameras. These cells automatically 'tag' the memory of each event in our lives with information about where that event took place — the better to recall, perhaps, where we left our lost keys.
An estimated 300,000 kids born in the U.S. are now living in Mexico because their parents were either deported or went south of the border when jobs in the United States dried up. Schools in border areas aren't equipped to educate these children, who may be Mexican but don't feel Mexican.
Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer joins NPR for a special Thanksgiving performance and interview Thursday. Mayer's vocal chords were damaged by a growth two years ago, but have healed after a series of treatments including surgery and Botox injections. In this preview of their conversation, Mayer talks with Ari Shapiro about what it was like to get his voice back.
The conflict between Islamist militants and the Pakistani state has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the last few years. Recent moves toward peace negotiations were extinguished by a CIA missile that killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud. He's been replaced by a man notorious for his propaganda skills and ruthlessness, Mullah Fazlullah, also known as the "Radio Mullah."
The rocky diplomatic relationship between China and Japan has taken a downward turn in recent days over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Sheila Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies with the Council on Foreign Relations, about the relationship between the countries.
Sen. Bob Menendez is one of several high-profile Democrats who have voiced skepticism of an interim nuclear deal with Iran. Audie Cornish talks to Menendez his concern over easing economic sanctions on the country. Menendez wants to be able to enforce old sanctions and impose new ones if Iranian officials don't hold up their end of the deal.