In his most extensive comments so far on revelations about the electronic data that the nation's spy agencies are collecting, the president also said that the programs "help us prevent terrorist attacks." He said "modest encroachments on privacy" are being balanced against national security.
Friday's holiday wasn't the brain child of doughnut vendors trying to push their sugary, deep-fried treats (though some will give them to you for free). The holiday stems from the wartime volunteer service of "dough girls" — and even helped to lighten the dark days of Vietnam POWs.
Scenes of destroyed homes and businesses were common following the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. David Prevatt, a structural engineer at the University of Florida, says that improving resistance to tornadoes will require better building materials and techniques, plus a strong dose of political will.
The Chicago Sun-Times made a surprise announcement last week: it fired its entire photography staff. Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist John White worked there for more than forty years. He talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about what this news means for him personally and the future of photojournalism.
June means graduation, but walking across the stage is creating anxiety for new grads looking for jobs. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax, and the Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy about Friday's job numbers, and how the hunt is going for recent graduates.
Leaders from around the world are urging Syrian opposition and government groups to hold talks aimed at ending the two-year-old civil war there. But the Syrian opposition won't commit to negotiations. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Khalid Saleh, Chief Spokesperson for the Syrian Opposition recognized by the US.
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