In "The Vegetarian," a young woman is tormented by violent dreams that drive her to give up meat. Author Han Kang says that extremes of human behavior compelled her to write the book.
A carpet weaver in the ancient city of Shiraz continues her family tradition, but doesn't earn enough to support her large family. Will the easing of economic sanctions on Iran make a difference?
The NBA's All Star Game starts this weekend. NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Howard Bryant of ESPN talk about the upcoming basketball exhibition, the Golden State Warriors and concussions in the NHL.
Last year's war in Ukraine dominated the Munich Security Conference. This year, Russia's intervention in the Middle East has put the focus on Syria. Michele Kelemen speaks to NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
There's a revolution underway in Venezuela — not on the streets, where uprisings have failed, but in the halls of Congress. For the first time in nearly two decades, the opposition is in charge.
In the spin room, reporters clamor for quotes and candidates weave their positive narratives. It's a quite a sight, sure — but in the age of social media, has it become irrelevant?
Weekend Edition remembers Sam Spence, a longtime composer of rousing musical scores for NFL Films' documentaries and highlight reels.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Hillary Margolis of Human Rights Watch about Sunday's vote and a report that says U.N. troops abused young women and girls.
How instrumental is Nevada's Latino community in next week's race there between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders? NPR's Linda Wertheimer asks Nevada state senator Ruben Kihuen.
One of the last of the trials of Nazi guards has begun in Germany. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center about their future after these prosecutions end.
Stock markets rallied on Friday, but it was not enough to erase the losses from earlier in the week. Investors are fretting that the recent market turmoil could mean another recession.
The road to the White House now turns South. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with South Carolina political scientist Scott Huffmon about what candidates from each party must do to win in his state.
Ted Cruz said he doesn't consider waterboarding torture, and Donald Trump said he would bring back "worse" methods. We break down whether that would be an option under the law.
With all the excitement over the discovery of gravitational waves, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to remember the man who first imagined a universe we couldn't yet see: Albert Einstein.
Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America's high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is "no," that is.
Hear in-studio performances from "Best New Artist" contender Courtney Barnett and nine other World Cafe guests who are up for Grammys this Monday.
Ghana is a land of many sayings, often starring an animal. Only the meaning is not always clear. We turned to our correspondent on the ground for answers.
In Tender, Irish novelist Belinda McKeon takes readers through the infatuation and obsession that comes with a lopsided love affair.
A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.
With its elaborate headdresses, colorful sequined gowns and statuesque dancers, Jubilee was the classic Las Vegas show. But times and tastes change, and the last performance will be on Feb. 11.