National

RSS Feed
NPR

Percentage Of U.S. Teens Using E-Cigarettes Doubles

The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes more than doubled form 2011 to 2012, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NPR

Finding A Sister City Is A Bit Like Dating

It seems most decent-sized cities in the U.S. have a "sister city" — a companion community in a foreign country. Some even have more than one. But how these cities end up selecting each other is a lot like the dating scene.
NPR

Few Americans Support A Western-Led Military Strike In Syria

We hear the opinions of people around the country on Thursday as Congress considers whether the U.S. should launch a military strike in Syria.
NPR

Sailors With Disabilities Find Freedom On The Water

Every week, a group of people with a range of disabilities hits San Francisco Bay. They sail using specially rigged boats; one woman controls her boat using only her chin. Sailing offers a sense of independence for the participants, some of whom are confined to wheelchairs while on land.
NPR

The Incredible Case Of The Bank Robber Who's Now A Law Clerk

Shon Hopwood was in prison for more than a decade. There, the bank robber became a jailhouse lawyer who got a fellow prisoner's case heard before the Supreme Court. Now a law student, he'll be a clerk at one of the nation's most prestigious courts. The judge who put him in prison is stunned.
NPR

The Senator Who Dodged The Syria Vote

When it came time to cast the most important vote of his brief Senate career, Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey avoided taking a position. And his vote was all the more puzzling given the circumstances of his election.
NPR

Ranking Schools Based On What Matters

President Obama recently proposed a new college ranking system, based on more than test scores. The Washington Monthly has been doing that for years. Host Michel Martin finds out more.
NPR

Progressive Democrats Doubt Syria Strategy

Host Michel Martin hears from two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus about why they're reluctant to approve a U.S. strike on Syria. She's joined by Representative Barbara Lee of California and Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
NPR

Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Lots of parents yell at their teenagers, but harsh verbal punishment is associated with more bad behavior on the part of the kid. Research shows that yelling is ineffective for changing behavior. A step back and a deep breath may be better options.
NPR

It's A Girl! New Panda Is Doing Fine, National Zoo Says

It's taken about two weeks for tests to confirm the cub's gender. She was born Aug. 23 had is said to have a healthy, "fat little belly." As for her name, that won't be chosen until around Thanksgiving.

Pages