In an increasing number of states, one party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. While both parties have contributed to the trend, the Republicans have had a lot more success with it. Reporter Nicholas Confessore credits the foresight of GOP strategists.
Despite a $7 billion effort to rid the country of opium production, more land than ever before is being used for the illicit trade, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.
In a monthly Gallup poll of American attitudes, dissatisfaction with the political leadership topped all other issues among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. But dissatisfaction with the government was down from a peak of 33 percent last October.
On Jan. 19, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his crew successfully ditched their crippled U.S. Airways jet in the river off Manhattan. The 155 people on board were saved. A photo of the floating plane went up minutes later on Twitter. That "changed everything" for the social media site.
President Obama is hoping to fight poverty, in five so-called "promise zones." The government is targeting those areas for economic revitalization. Host Michel Martin and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack take a look at the rural communities involved, and the special challenges to fight poverty there.
A new Pew Research Center report finds that African-Americans trail behind whites when it come to internet usage. But is the gap wide enough to hurt African-Americans in the long-run? Host Michel Martin speaks with #NPRLatism and #NPRBlacksinTech contributors Ana Roca Castro, Roxann Stafford, and Mario Armstrong.
A $765 million NFL concussion settlement between the league and former players was blocked by a federal judge on Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the latest news and where the high-profile lawsuit goes from here.
Kraft Foods says there is a shortage of Velveeta cheese. It's a staple for queso-eating football fans, who are left wondering what will be on the menu for game day. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Adrian Miller, author of Soul Food.
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