In a trial to determine who and what is to blame for the Gulf oil spill of 2010, oil giant BP called its first defense witness on Monday. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Jeff Brady, who is watching the trial in New Orleans.
Prosperity in Mount Hope, W.Va., faded along with the local coal industry. Residents are hopeful that a Boy Scout camp atop a nearby mountain, slated to open in July, will attract new residents, visitors and dollars to the town. But others are worried any new wealth will remain on the mountaintop.
In its chess team's first year, Webster University has won a national championship. When the school hired coach Susan Polgar from defending champions Texas Tech last year, her players came along with her. Webster officials say the chess title raises the school's profile.
It's only been about a month since across-the-board federal spending cuts kicked in, but real, tangible, quantifiable signs of the sequester are proving hard to find so far. Politically, that means — for now, at least — there's not much pressure for Congress to undo or modify it.
The widespread cheating in Atlanta schools and Lance Armstrong's doping are two examples of cases where a moral wrong became an everyday normality. In a piece in the Christian Science Monitor, Courtney Martin explains how to realign your moral compass once wires get crossed.
A woman hailing from a place many U.S. conservatives once viewed as a hopeless bastion of liberalism has become an enduring figure for the right. Just as Ronald Reagan helped move conservatism from the fringes of U.S. politics, Margaret Thatcher helped do the same on the international stage.
Low-performing high school students are often unprepared for college. But some analysts say even gifted students are falling behind. Host Michel Martin discusses why many students, across the board, aren't hitting the mark.
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