A few months back, something terrible happened to millions of flies around Washington, D.C. They were attacked by a fungus that basically made them zombies, unable to control their behavior. and flies are far from the only vulnerable creatures out there.
Raphael Bostic, the architect of President Obama's refinancing plan, says the plan has the potential to help millions of homeowners take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. But that alone won't heal the ailing housing market.
Many of Spencer's novels feature a turning point — a dreadful, unplanned act committed by one of the characters. In his latest book, Man in the Woods, a carpenter accidentally kills a man, which leads him to question himself and his relationship with God.
Luigi Del Bianco was the chief stone carver on the Mount Rushmore monument, working for years to bring the presidents' faces to life in stone. He gave Abraham Lincoln's face many of its details, in the project that ended 70 years ago. But to his family, Del Bianco was a modest, loving patriarch.
David Carr, who writes the Media Equation column for The New York Times, says that despite cuts, the future of journalism has never looked brighter. "I look at my backpack that is sitting here and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30-40 years ago," he says.
Bermuda-born Mel Ming was recently named the new CEO of Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind the legendary TV show aimed at preschool-aged kids. Ming speaks with Michel Martin about his winding and surprising journey to Sesame Street, which includes experiences in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and at NPR. He also shares his big ambitions for Sesame Street.
More than half of all employed people worldwide work off the books. And that number is expected to climb over the next decade. Investigative journalist Robert Neuwirth examines how the underground economy works in his book, Stealth of Nations.
Since 2006, 40,000 people have been murdered in Mexico as drug cartels battle each other and the Mexican military. Journalist Ioan Grillo traces how Mexico came to control drug trafficking in El Narco.
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