While doing time behind bars, inmates often delve into religion, or lift weights, or learn a trade. Frederick Hutson honed a business plan, re-imagining prison as an untapped consumer base. Our Planet Money team has the story of one businessman who went to prison and decided to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.
Engineers at Sandia National Lab have developed a credit card sized test for the presence of anthrax bacteria. They believe the new test will make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on the deadly bacteria.
French authorities have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from Germanwings flight 9525. The search for remains and the flight data recorder resumed at daylight in a rugged area of the French Alps.
Iraq's second-large city Mosul is under control of the self proclaims Islamic State also known as ISIS. An Iraqi police general hoping for help in driving militants from his home town hasn't been getting a lot of help training his men or getting weapons, but he did get a visit from U.S. advisers.
One of the ways the TSA says it keeps air travel safe is through behavioral detection. It has spent a billion dollars training agents to spot terrorists by watching body language. Government watchdogs say the program is a waste of money, based on faulty science, and has led to racial profiling. Now the ACLU is suing to get the agency to turn over details of the program.
San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.
The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?
With record numbers fleeing the Middle East and Africa in overcrowded boats, the Catrambone family is conducting private rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.
Three spices that grow on Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.
The plane, an Airbus A320 run by a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa, went down with 150 people aboard. French President Francois Hollande voiced fears that there would be no survivors.
Someone has been taking Richard Nagler's paper for a decade. He posted a note offering a deal to share. The thief apparently wasn't interested. Nagler has gotten his paper since the note went up.
When Jose Salvador Lantgua of Jacksonville, Fla., signed a form waving his Miranda rights, he said: "It's been a long time since I signed my own name."
The administration is taking a tough tone with the Israeli prime minister. Obama's chief of staff spoke to a liberal pro-Israel advocacy group, insisting on the importance of a Palestinian state.
Ashraf Ghani will be at the White House on Tuesday as his country tries to forge a new relationship with Washington. On Monday, Ghani thanked Americans for the U.S. investment in Afghanistan.
All Songs Considered co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton discuss the latest from Sufjan Stevens. His new album, Carrie & Lowell, is being featured by NPR Music.
The trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Jahar Tsarneav focuses on how lone offenders use online jihadist literature to self radicalize. Prosecutors are close to finishing their case.
The decision to evacuate will have an impact on counter-terrorism operations in an al-Qaida stronghold, and also in an area where the self proclaimed Islamic State is starting to get a toehold.
Louisville Slugger has made baseball bats since the 1800s and is the official bat of Major League Baseball. Wilson Sporting Goods has acquired the company for $70 million.
Negotiators from Europe, Russia, China, the U.S. and Iran will be in Lausanne, Switzerland, later this week. They've said the end of March is a make or break deadline to get something accomplished.
For some people who discover a sudden drop in their investments, social science research offers a surprising explanation. When a hedge fund manager gets divorced, they underperform by 7.4 percent.