The domestic auto industry has been making a strong comeback, but that recovery hasn't necessarily benefited beleaguered Detroit. There's only one auto plant still doing high-volume production inside the city limits, and much of the Big Three's manufacturing has shifted away from Michigan.
Midwives have a critical role in humanitarian crises, where pregnancy is unusually complicated. In conflict zones, midwives also often have to juggle sexual violence and reproductive health issues.
For most people, attending a concert is all about the sounds of a live performance. But sign language interpreter Holly Maniatty makes concerts come alive for the hearing impaired too. She's worked with several big names — Jay-Z, Phish and the Wu Tang Clan — but has earned fame for her own work.
President Obama's economic speaking tour seems reminiscent of campaign speeches in 2008. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks NPR's Ron Elving why the White House is sending this message again.
President Obama is putting out a message of economic revitalization, starting with the middle class. Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, explains why the executive branch is pushing the message now. She speaks with guest host Celeste Headleee.
Once a rising star among China's political elite, Bo's career crashed in 2012 after his wife was connected to a British businessman's murder. That led to accusations of corruption and taking bribes.
Water in all its forms has caused trouble at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant this week. They are reminders that the problems are far from over.
Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects the city from hurricanes and other disasters. So the government group charged with shielding New Orleans from flooding sued about 100 oil and gas companies on Wednesday for their role in damaging coastal wetlands.
For decades, the Watts neighborhood has been notorious for gang violence and strained relations between residents and police. But violent crime and homicide have fallen dramatically in recent years and a community policing effort is helping to ease tensions between cops and the community.
The anti-apartheid hero has been a unifying force in South Africa, particularly for the ruling African National Congress. There's concern, however, that xenophobia, racism and political infighting may grow once the "father of the nation" dies.