"Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin."
—Quentin Crisp (b. 1908) British author
- Weeks Later, Epic Spelling Bee Ends In Missouri Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:53:00 -0500
- It took more than 90 rounds and a delay of two weeks, after judges ran out of words. But Jackson County, Mo., finally has its spelling bee champion, after two stellar spellers broke a tie Saturday.
- CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Sat, 08 Mar 2014 11:08:00 -0500
- Take one ballroom, add thousands of conservatives, stir in hundreds of reporters, and you have an irresistible attraction for GOP presidential hopefuls: the Conservative Political Action Conference.
- What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers' Skill Gap Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:16:00 -0500
- American job training programs are failing to turn out enough skilled workers to fill job openings in the U.S. That's puzzling to some Europeans, who have a different system for training workers.
- Coming Up: Detroit Symphony Returns From The Brink Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500
- Just a few years ago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was weathering a financial crisis and a bitter labor dispute. Tune in to Weekend Edition on Sunday to hear about its impressive recovery.
- Brothel Beckons To GOP: Hold Your Convention In Las Vegas Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500
- Vegas is bidding to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Besides plenty of hotel rooms, there's another perk to offer.
- Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500
- Many young people feel they can't afford health insurance. A professor in Houston is trying to educate students about subsidies that could help — and the penalties if they don't sign up now.
- 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:24:00 -0500
- Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?
- What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:23:00 -0500
- Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science. The country's top education official says investing in preschool and day care is key.
- Don't Run Out For Caviar Yet, But Wages Are Heading Higher Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:20:00 -0500
- Hourly wage gains of 2.2 percent are exceeding the annual inflation rate, raising hopes that Americans will soon be able to spend more at retailers, car dealers and other businesses.
- CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:03:00 -0500
- Same-sex marriage and the National Security Agency's data gathering are two issues that show the wide divide between conservatives and libertarians.
- Border Patrol To Limit Use Of Deadly Force Against Rock Throwers Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:01:00 -0500
- An independent panel had recommended the restrictions, but the agency refused saying it would put Border Patrols in danger. The chief of the agency said the new policy aims to make agents safer.
- Meet The Spellers Who Broke The Bee Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- After more than five hours, a marathon spelling bee had to be suspended because the organizers ran out of words. Maria Carter of KCUR profiles the two competitors as they prepare to finish the bee.
- U.S. Grave Science Marked By Risk Aversion And Bureacracy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- In part two of a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica, we look at the agency charged with bringing home and identifying the 83,000 American war dead. It's stymied by an extreme aversion to risk.
- Border Patrol Revises Its Rulebook For Use Of Deadly Force Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- The U.S. Border Patrol announced changes to its policies regarding use of deadly force on Friday. It added new guidance for agents when dealing with moving vehicles and people throwing rocks.
- Week In Politics: Ukraine And CPAC Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Reihan Salam of National Review and Reuters. They discuss the U.S. role in Ukraine's ongoing crisis and the latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference.