Feed aggregator

Hong Kong Activists Protest China's Control Of Leadership Vote

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 7:04am

People in the former British colony are angered that a vote for the territory's next chief executive will be from a list of candidates hand-pickled by Beijing.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Putin Calls For Talks To Consider Statehood For Southeastern Ukraine

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 6:06am

The Russian leader said "substantive, meaningful talks" were needed to decide the outcome in the region, while a spokesman clarified that the region should remain part of Ukraine.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

How 'Sassy' Came To Mean Something Both Sweet And Sour

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 6:05am

Since the new Lifetime show Girlfriend Intervention has resurrected the tired old cliche of the "sassy black woman," one black woman decided "sassy" needed some scrutiny.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Iraqi Forces Reportedly Enter Besieged Northern City Of Amerli

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 4:41am

The town of Amerli, which includes some 20,000 Shiite Turkmen, has been surrounded by Sunni Islamic State fighters for two months.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Syria Crisis Complicates U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

Iran has announced that it is providing weapons to Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Citizen Scientists On A Mission To Find Frogs

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

Summer is high season for "frogging." The North American Amphibian Monitoring Project has hundreds of volunteers criss-crossing the country to get a better handle on the fate of the nation's frogs.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Topping $11M, Coolest Cooler Breaks Kickstarter Record

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Ryan Grepper, creator of a cooler named Coolest, which has set a new record as the highest grossing Kickstarter campaign.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Ebola Prevention Supplies Running Short In Liberia

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

Liberia is the country hardest hit by the Ebola virus outbreak. Aid is trickling in, but it is not enough. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Wall Street Journal reporter Drew Hinshaw in the capital, Monrovia.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Turkey Is Major Transit Route For Islamic State Fighters

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

Militant fighters are crossing into Syria through Turkey, and public criticism of Turkey is growing louder. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to the Financial Times' Istanbul correspondent, Daniel Dombey.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Study Finds Nothing Special About Breakfast

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

Maybe we don't need to eat our Wheaties. Linda Wertheimer talks to Emily Dhurandhar, lead author of a study that finds breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Trial Will Decide Detroit's Fiscal Future

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

Detroit is preparing to dig itself out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The legal approach Detroit uses to re-create itself will have far-reaching implications for other cities.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Miami Struggles To Embrace Unaccompanied Immigrants

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

School districts are beginning to cope with the recent influx of new students from Central America. Many have little education and most are just beginning to learn English.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

U.S. Launches Airstrikes To Help Aid Reach Iraqi Town

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

On Sunday, Iraqi and Kurdish forces entered the town of Amerli in the north of Iraq, after it had been under siege for two months by the Islamic State.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

China Rules Out Open Elections In Hong Kong

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

China's legislature is limiting reforms in Hong Kong, drawing battle lines in what opposition groups warned would be clashing visions of the political future of the city and of China.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Ukraine Crisis Casts Long Shadow Over NATO Summit

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

The fighting in Ukraine is likely to dominate the upcoming NATO summit in Wales. The newest members want NATO to do more to counter Russia's moves, including supplying weapons and intelligence.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

Obama Faces Hard Decisions On Syria, Immigration

NPR Top Stories - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News

This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

» E-Mail This

Categories: Book Reviews

Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 3:03am

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

» E-Mail This

Categories: Book Reviews

'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 1:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

» E-Mail This

Categories: Book Reviews

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2014 - 7:43pm

American and other forces have launched an offensive to free the town of Amerli, surrounded by Islamic militants for more than two months and desperately short on food and clean water.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR News