National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Defense's Turn In Zimmerman Trial

The prosecution wrapped up its arguments in an emotional week in the trial of George Zimmerman, who says he shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in self-defense. NPR's Greg Allen has been covering the trial and joins Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin.

The New World Of Firefighting: Politics, Climate And Humans

Writer and photojournalist Michael Kodas says forest management, climate change and growing population complicate fire fighting.

Despite Hefty Payouts, Fire Insurance Costs Hold Steady

The insurance industry is bracing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in claims to people whose homes lay in the path of major forest fires. But with government policies that indirectly encourage building in high-risk areas, insurance premiums for those living in the woods are unlikely to rise much.

Asiana Airlines Jet Crashes At San Francisco International

Video reports show smoke billowing from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and it appears to have broken into at least two large pieces. Images from the scene also show many passengers walking away from the crippled jet.

Year Later, 'Aaron's Last Wish' To Leave A $500 Tip Lives On

Aaron Collins died on July 7, 2012. In his will, he asked his family to leave a $500 tip for some unsuspecting waiter or waitress. Videos of his brother Seth fulfilling that last wish went viral and inspired donations. Now, Seth is starting a trip that will take "Aaron's last wish" to all 50 states.

Giffords Reaches 'Responsible Gun Owners' At Firing Ranges

Severely wounded by a gunman in 2011, the Arizona Democrat is pushing to close the so-called gun show and Internet loopholes. She and husband Mark Kelly are taking their campaign directly to gun owners.

June Job Numbers Perk Up Optimists

The economy added 195,000 jobs in June, a surprise and a delight to both economists and Wall Street, even though the unemployment rate was stuck at 7.6 percent. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports that the economic recovery continues at a slow but steady pace.

Once The Fire's Out, Arizona's Firefighters Will Reflect

Fire crews are hoping to fully contain the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire by the end of the weekend, after a week in which the blaze claimed 19 firefighters. As the smoke dissipates and the fire cools, firefighters in Prescott, Ariz., are wondering what they'll do next, without the sense of purpose the fire provided. Nate Rott reports.

Defense Contractors See Their Futures In Developing World

Sequestration yet to cause the huge job losses in the defense industry that many had predicted. Many defense firms have been turning to other growth areas — particularly, developing countries, which are growing their defense budgets while the West is cutting back.

Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly Go On Gun Rights Tour

A firing range might seem like an unlikely venue to launch a campaign for tougher gun laws. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with astronaut Mark Kelly, who's on tour with his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, to promote background checks for gun purchasers.