The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.
A Senate investigation says President George W. Bush was not briefed on the specifics of how the CIA interrogated terrorism suspects until four years into the program. Bush denies that.
In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.
The fragile country now hosts some 1 million Syrian refugees. Some towns have set up civilian volunteers to enforce curfews on the refugees, leading to rising tensions and some cases of abuse.
San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston and Los Angeles are presenting their 2024 bids to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Australians are mourning the two hostages killed in a 16-hour siege at a cafe, and asking how the attack happened.
A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.
Surveying a year of concerts that took place behind a desk in NPR Music's offices, we offer up highlights from T-Pain to the Pixies to a 12-piece Balkan brass extravaganza.
Health insurers say they will give people more time to pay their premiums for health plans, and still have coverage start January 1st.
The former Florida governor announces that he will "actively explore" a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination
Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.
The former Republican Florida governor says he's decided "to actively explore the possibility of running for president" in 2016.
A proposed merger between the city's electric utility and a national energy giant is raising concern among rooftop solar advocates.
Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.
Bradley Stone, an Iraq war combat veteran, is thought to have killed his ex-wife and five relatives yesterday.
The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.
Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.
Our continuing discussion of Serial turns to a consideration of the true crime genre, its tendency to reveal the oddities of human behavior, and what can be taken away from this series.
Michael Garcia had filed an appeal against how his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup was handled. FIFA said his appeal is inadmissible.
Brandi Carlile will put out her fifth album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, in March. She talks with Ann Powers about family, her new album and the necessary recklessness of first-take rock and roll.