In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped storm victims find documents, fill out forms, connect to the Internet and plan how to rebuild. There's a growing awareness of the important role libraries can play in disaster relief.
When the FBI brought reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger back to his old stomping ground of South Boston to be tried in federal court after 16 years on the lam, he must have done a double take. The neighborhood that Bulger is accused of terrorizing with murders and extortion is booming. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 18, 2013.
Ten years ago, a tree on a power line in Ohio touched off the largest outage in U.S. history. In New York City, many people were so relieved it wasn't another terrorism attack that in some places, a carnival atmosphere prevailed.
Entrepreneurs in Albuquerque, N.M., the setting of the TV series Breaking Bad, have created blue "meth" rock candy, "Bathing Bad" bath products, and a tour of sites used in filming the series. That has some critics worried all the moneymaking glorifies drugs.
In this weekend's Sunday Conversation, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Brad Duke, who won $220 million in the lottery in 2005. Duke talks about the moment he realized he'd won, and how his life changed after winning. Tell us: If you won the lottery, how do you think it would change you?
Retired Maryland State Police Officer Neil Franklin says Baltimore police were led to believe that young black men were the sole users of heroin and crack cocaine. He speaks with host Rachel Martin about the impact of the war on drugs in the communities he's worked in.
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