The mayor of Rio de Janeiro gave himself failing grades for his city's handling of the recent visit by Pope Francis, which was marred by security lapses, traffic chaos and other logistical snafus. The event, World Youth Day, was seen as a test for Rio, which hosts the World Cup next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.
Oil developers in the Canadian Tar Sands are trying to understand some odd oil eruptions around several drilling platforms where oil is coming up through the ground rather than through the wells they drilled. The latest of these events tarred about 50 acres of forest.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner have apologized for their poor behavior. Host Michel Martin asks the beauty shop ladies, what responsibility - if any - women bear when men behave badly? Writers Danielle Belton, Bridget Johnson and Connie Schultz weigh in.
The crack epidemic made headlines in the '80s and '90s, and doctors despaired for the children born to crack-addicted mothers. But a new study suggests that many so-called 'crack babies' were not doomed to failure in adult life. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Hallam Hurt, the lead investigator in the study.
A new report suggests that more white students are heading to top tier colleges, while their black and Hispanic counterparts are turning to low tuition, open-access institutions. Host Michel Martin speaks with Georgetown's Anthony Carnevale, about what the numbers mean.
On October 1st, online health insurance exchanges open up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey speaks to host Michel Martin about what will change, and how you can prepare for the roll-out.
The Weekend Edition host used Twitter to share his observations and feelings in the final, tender moments of his mother's life. In a conversation with NPR's Audie Cornish, Simon remembers his late mom and explains how the social media community bolstered his spirits in a time of grieving.
Priests of the powerful Georgian Orthodox Church led a recent attack on a group of people protesting against homophobia in Tbilisi, Georgia. The incident in May raises questions about human rights and the balance of power between church and state in the religiously conservative former Soviet republic.
Municipal leaders from across the country are trying to draw lessons from Detroit's bankruptcy. Host Michel Martin speaks with writers David Sirota and Mario Loyola about whether bad politics, or bad luck, got the motor city stuck in neutral.
Zimbabwe is gearing up for elections this week, and 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe is hoping to continue his grip on power. NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is in Harare for the vote. She joins host Michel Martin to talk more about what's at stake.