"There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you."
—Elie(zer) Wiesel (b. 1928) Romanian-born writer, lecturer, survivor Nazi camps, Nobel
- Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:00:00 -0500
- Fast-food workers across the country protested their low pay this week, while President Obama decried the nation's growing wealth gap, calling it "the defining challenge of our time." Meanwhile, the nation's capital city passed a new minimum wage law.
- Go Ahead And Mail Your Boring Holiday Cards Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:19:00 -0500
- There's no question that people have mixed motives when they send out their cards. No doubt they want to put the best face on their own lives, offering an annual report marked more by pride, perhaps, than honesty. Christmas cards may be self-serving and smug, but they're also well-meant attempts to connect.
- Help Is Hard To Get For Veterans After A Bad Discharge Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:40:02 -0500
- More than 100,000 troops left the service with other-than-honorable discharges in the last 10 years. The consequences of a bad discharge can last a lifetime, disqualifying veterans from benefits and health care. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence about his series on these former members of the military.
- Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party Sun, 08 Dec 2013 05:35:00 -0500
- In December 1993, President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" as Mexico vacuumed up U.S. jobs. Economists say that the worst of Perot's fears never materialized. But opponents still see downsides.
- Winter Storm Moves Into Mid-Atlantic Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:53:00 -0500
- Freezing rain is creeping across Tennessee on its way to the mid-Atlantic as the stunning cold, snow and ice that gripped Texas and the west on Saturday makes its advance eastward.
- N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System Sat, 07 Dec 2013 17:25:53 -0500
- The high-tech system can essentially override human error and slow a train that is going too fast. Congress mandated that all trains have it by 2015, but only a few passenger and freight railroads will be ready by then. And after a deadly train crash in New York, few in Congress may be willing to vote for a delay.
- How U.S. Activists Helped Push South Africa Away From Apartheid Sat, 07 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0500
- U.S. civil rights leaders were among the first Americans to shine an international light on apartheid in South Africa. But calls for economic sanctions eventually led to wider actions, from college campuses to Wall Street. Richard Knight, project director of the African Activist Archive, remembers the role the U.S. indirectly played in South Africa's struggle.
- U.S. Veteran, Held By North Korea, Arrives Safely In Calif. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:01:00 -0500
- Newman was deported by North Korea on Friday, days after he appeared on state TV reading an apology for alleged war crimes.
- Gene Therapy Keeps 'Bubble Boy' Disease At Bay In 8 Children Sat, 07 Dec 2013 10:00:00 -0500
- Earlier efforts to use gene therapy to treat a rare immune disorder in young children failed when some of the children got leukemia. Scientists say they think they may have figured it out, with eight children now living normal toddler lives.
- WATCH: Maya Angelou's Poem For Nelson Mandela Sat, 07 Dec 2013 08:44:00 -0500
- The U.S. State Department unveiled a tribute poem written by Dr. Maya Angelou for Mandela "on behalf of the American people."
- White House Invites All To 'Gather Around' A Holiday Tradition Sat, 07 Dec 2013 08:05:00 -0500
- Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, almost 100 volunteer decorators show up at the White House. They spend the next five days stringing garlands and hanging ornaments, making the White House sparkle for the holidays. NPR has a related tradition, and it's about to end.
- Fishery Closure Puts New England's Shrimp Season On Ice Sat, 07 Dec 2013 08:05:00 -0500
- After several years of declining shrimp stocks, regulators have imposed a moratorium on shrimping in New England waters. The closure could hurt commercial fisherman and future demand for the Gulf of Maine shrimp, but scientists say the move may be the only way to prevent the population from collapsing.
- Hagel Arrives In Afghanistan, Has No Plans To Meet With Karzai Sat, 07 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0500
- The U.S. and Afghanistan have been at odds over a security agreement that allows U.S. troops to remain in the country past 2014. Hagel also met with leaders of Gulf nations to assure them the U.S. is not abandoning those ties in favor of a nuclear deal with Iran.
- Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:37:00 -0500
- Fissures in the Republican Party have drawn a great deal of attention over the last year. But this week, the Democrats' economic disagreements came into full view. When it comes to Social Security, not all Democrats think expanding the program is a good idea.
- How Mandela Expanded The Art Of The Possible Sat, 07 Dec 2013 05:27:00 -0500
- To an African-American coming of age in the late 1970s, there seemed two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in his lifetime. So much for youthful predictions.