Three years ago, the popular uprising in Egypt was considered a democracy movement. But now the military is in control of the government and the freely-elected president is in jail. To discuss the state of Egypt, Steve Inskeep talks to Issandr El Amrani of the International Crisis Group.
As President Obama prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union message Tuesday night, members of his team are making media appearances to talk about why they think the president will be able to accomplish more this year than last. But the president faces strong headwinds, according to public opinion polling.
Ezra Klein and the team behind the Wonkblog at The Washington Post have found a new home. They are joining Vox Media, a digital outfit with sites serving sports fans, foodies and gamers — but little in the way of news about politics. The creation of the new site, tentatively called Project X, demonstrates the pull of digital media for entrepreneurial journalists.
Many athletes go into debt funding their Olympic dreams, and the vast majority will never earn enough from sponsorships or endorsement deals to cover their expenses. Bill Kerig started a crowd-funding site — RallyMe — to help those athletes. He tells Renee Montagne about the problem and the personal stories of some Sochi hopefuls.
A high-stakes public corruption trial starts in New Orleans on Monday. Former Mayor Ray Nagin faces federal criminal charges in what prosecutors describe as a series of schemes to profit from his position. He's accused of taking more than $200,000 worth of bribes from businessmen who won lucrative city contracts when he was in office.
The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.
In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered).
Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity the president gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal.