Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are known as the "voices of cycling." For 29 years, they've shared the microphone covering one of cycling's most grueling races: the Tour de France. The pair talk about the race with Renee Montagne.
North Carolina's governor has announced that Valerie Macon would be the state's next poet laureate. Macon works fulltime at the state's Department of Health and Human Services. The literary community is not happy with the selection because the governor bypassed normal channels and the advice of the literary community.
The Sentencing Commission meets Friday to vote on a plan that could send home more than 20,000 federal inmates convicted of drug trafficking. The move represents the single biggest piece of sentencing overhaul in decades — even though prosecutors and police are raising doubts.
Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.
For many months, we've been reporting on the Border Patrol's controversial use of force along the U.S. Mexico border. On Friday, we'll hear from the new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, and find out why he's pushing for more transparency at his agency.
Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Sonia Nazario talks about her recent trip to Honduras, the epicenter of violence that has gripped Central America and pushed north tens of thousands of migrant children and families. In a Pulitzer Prize-winning account in the "Los Angeles Times," Nazario long ago chronicled the dangers of street gangs who target teens, and the treacherous journey young people have taken to reach the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Obama says talks on Iran's nuclear program have shown "real progress" and there's a "credible way forward." That's the strongest indication yet that the negotiations will be extended beyond Sunday's deadline.
Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.
Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about corporate income taxes. Many businesses, analysts and politicians argue the U.S. system is broken.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is asking U.S. companies to show their patriotism by resisting the temptation to reduce their tax bill by moving abroad. He was interviewed by CNBC on Wednesday.
The electric car company Tesla recently announced it was putting its patents in the public domain. Our Planet Money team looks at what would happen if we got rid of patents all together.
President Obama has proposed allowing states to collect tolls on interstate highways as a way of raising funds to pay for reconstructing those roads. Most of the interstate system is toll free.
Unlike many recent death penalty rulings, the decision wasn't focused on the method of execution, but on the fact that executions in California are so rarely carried out. The last was in 2006.
A funeral was held for the first Israeli killed in the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas. On the other side of the Gaza border, a funeral was held for one of four Palestinian boys killed.
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox confirmed that it made an offer to buy the owner of HBO, Warner Bros., TBS and CNN but got shot down.
The Tillamook cheese vans, which are bright orange, were on a publicity tour in Sacramento, Calif. Two men have been arrested.
Protesters in Oracle, Ariz., are concerned about migrant children reaching the U.S. State Rep. Adam Kwasman says he saw a yellow bus full of kids, their faces full of fear. The kids were campers.
It's been three months since Islamist extremists kidnapped more than 250 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria. Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai appealed to the captors to free the girls.
The House has passed a bill that adds 10 months worth of money into the Highway Trust Fund. The account runs dry next month unless Congress acts, which could jeopardize hundreds of projects.