Despite news of terrorist bombings and crackdowns in Syria, two recent books argue the world has never seen so little war and violence. Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, and Joshua Goldstein, author of Winning the War on War, discuss. Originally broadcast on December 7, 2011.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has beaten his most serious political challenge in years. He defeated a young former governor handily in Sunday's presidential election. With this victory, Chavez has another six years to consolidate his socialist system in the country with the world's largest oil reserves.
More Syrian mortar fire hit inside Turkey, and the Turkish military responded each time with artillery fire back into northern Syria. There is a growing international chorus of calls for restraint as the cross-border fire continues, amid fears that Turkey could be dragged into the Syrian conflict.
Steve Inskeep talks to Beijing-based economist Patrick Chovanec about too many subsidies in China's solar energy industry. It is resulting in money-losing companies. One company, Suntech, could soon be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange because it is performing poorly.
As the Berlin Wall was coming down, East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, tore up millions of files. More than two decades later, the vast array of secret papers collected by the Stasi is still in huge demand. Archivists are now using groundbreaking computer technology to reconstruct those files.
The ice covering the Arctic Ocean was at a record low, in keeping with a sharp warming trend in the far north. At the same time, the amount of the ocean around Antarctica covered by sea ice hit a record high. It's winter in Antarctica when it's summer in the Arctic. But why in a warming world is wintertime ice growing?
In Pakistan, anti-war marchers led by Pakistani cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan, are hoping to enter the tribal territory of South Waziristan Sunday to protest against U.S. drone attacks on Islamist militants there. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.
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