The Arizona city already logs more days over 100 degrees than any U.S. city, and climate researchers predict Phoenix will grow hotter still in the coming decades. Planners are taking the projections seriously, and are looking for ways to adapt the city and its residents to a hotter, drier reality.
Mitt Romney's new running mate has authored some provocative policy proposals to cut budget deficits and overhaul Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But Rep. Paul Ryan has also been an advocate for a different course for the Federal Reserve.
As part of the NPR Cities Project, we're exploring some "gee-whiz" questions about how cities work. Melissa Block talks to Gideon Berger, Fellowship Director for the Urban Land Institute, on the street in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. They talk about the trickiness of timing traffic lights
The drought this summer has impacted entries at state fairs across the country. Cattle, hogs, vegetables and more all are coming in much smaller and lighter because of the dry conditions. Melissa Block talks with Don Young, who submitted a much smaller pumpkin than normal to be judged at the Iowa State Fair.
Thanks to low yields from the drought, corn prices are high, which means corn farmers make money. This is despite the impression from in many news reports that all farmers are suffering because of the weather.
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.
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