The groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia died after a long illness. Steve Inskeep talks to Pavel Palazhchenko, an interpreter for Shevardnadze.
Iraq's security forces are battling the Islamic State — the descendant of an al Qaida group American soldiers once fought. But Iraqi soldiers are not making much headway, and the extremist group's propaganda is growing more grandiose. Last week, it was declared that they rule over all Muslims in a new caliphate.
When the investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not do so quietly. She contends the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. Her claims are a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media.
President Obama is to meet with a group of teachers on Monday. The White House is characterizing the session as part of the administration's "effort to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator." First Lady Michelle Obama is lobbying Congress on the details of a school lunch program. These administration efforts emerge as Congress remains gridlocked over early childhood education, and just about every other issue facing the legislature this year.
Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.
Land banks are public entities created to revive vacant or tax-foreclosed properties. The small city of Newburgh on the Hudson River has been trying to revive itself using a land bank.
Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with last week's killing of a Palestinian teen. Meanwhile, an American cousin of the victim was beaten and arrested by Israeli police at a protest over his cousin's death. He has been sentenced to nine days of home detention.
The members of the band Lake Street Dive have been making music together for nearly 10 years — but only recently have experienced commercial success.
The band Lake Street Dive struggled in its early days to use its jazz education without scaring off audiences. For inspiration, they turned to another band, known for transforming the sound of pop.
Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years beating Roger Federer. Petra Kvitova won the women's singles final. Steve Inskeep talks to Jon Wertheim of Sport's Illustrated.
In the broadcast reading of the Declaration of Independence we inadvertently dropped two words: establish commerce. We muse about what would be different if those words had not been in the document.
The band's four men and women met at music school and experimented with different sounds before landing on their signature: pop and soul with jazz instrumentation and lots of harmony singing.
The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
There are 13 presidential libraries and soon there will be a 14th, for President Obama. Places vying for the prize stretch from Hawaii to New York. Chicago is so eager it's pitched multiple proposals.
Half of Americans say they've had a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Here's how it hurts.
At an anonymous sidewalk stall, British graffiti artist Banksy put dozens of his signed spray-painted works up for sale for $60. Only 3 people bought something. Two pieces have been sold at auction.
Composer John Williams on Friday debuts a new arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner". He'll lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the Army Herald Trumpets and two full choirs to update the song.
China's president is in Seoul where he's meeting his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The two-day trip also comes just after Japan made moves to increase the reach of its own military. And all of this happens while the U.S. and China are openly jockeying for power in East Asia.
The Essence Music Festival is a must for any true lovers of rhythm and blues music. Thousands flock to New Orleans every year to hear music acts like Prince and Lionel Richie. David Greene talks to Jason King, who hosts NPR's 24/7 R&B and Soul music stream, about the festival which kicked off Thursday night.