After months of sitting on their wallets, Americans went shopping in July. The uptick is boosting economists' hopes for a reasonably strong back-to-school season, but shoppers seem to be spending carefully. Retailers are looking for clues about how the holiday shopping season will turn out later in the year.
Army Reserve officer Tammy Smith was promoted to the position of Brigadier General last Friday. In doing so, she became the first gay general to serve openly in the U.S. military. Gen. Smith talks with NPR's Lynn Neary about her career in the military and the significance of her recent promotion.
The murders of six people at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., by a gunman with ties to white supremacists has raised questions about the prevalence and influence of hate groups in America — who they are, what they do, and how they recruit new members.
Chicago's Dixon School looks more like an African-American art gallery than a public school. In the largely black blue-collar neighborhood of Chatham, a school where art plays a central role in the lives of students is a rarity. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with director Pamela Sherrod Anderson about her documentary, The Curators of Dixon School.
Farmers and ranchers continue to suffer from one of the country's worst droughts in 50 years. President Obama recently announced the government will buy up to $170 million of meat from farmers. But some say it's too little too late. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Virginia farmer John Boyd and Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe.
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