NPR World Story of the Day
How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth03/29/15
The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.
Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith
Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.
Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'
NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.
Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought
The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.
Lebanon's Reality TV: Like The Kardashians, Only Less Serious
Maybe it's a sign that the U.S. does have influence in the Middle East. Lebanon's newest reality show, The Sisters, might look familiar. It features a trio of sisters who are into fashion big time.
With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?
Cuban baseball has been struggling. A lack of money means facilities are in disrepair. Defections mean some of the best players have left. But new relations with the U.S. may mean new opportunities.
An Object Of Desire: Hope And Yearning For The Internet In Cuba
Without a doubt, the Internet in Cuba is tough. The politics are thorny; getting it is difficult. But there are signs that change is on the horizon.
Qatar Digital Library Preserves The Music Of A Vanishing Past
The tiny, super-rich state of Qatar takes pride in its modernity, with its gleaming skyscrapers and lucrative gas fields. But it is also investing in a huge history project.
Under ISIS, Life In Mosul Takes A Turn For The Bleak
The militants have held Iraq's second largest city since June. Now, local Sunni residents are weary of ISIS, there are signs of strain within their ranks, and it's almost impossible to flee.
Relationship Between Obama And Netanyahu? It's Complicated
The White House says it needs to reassess its options in light of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign comments dismissing a two-state solution. It's not the only issue where he and President Obama clash; there's also Iran.
Despite Cease-Fire, Skirmishes Carry On Along Ukraine's Front Line
Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists are still exchanging fire and inflicting casualties at hot spots in eastern Ukraine. The separatists haven't withdrawn heavy weapons, Ukrainians say.
Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election is likely to cause President Obama more headaches when it comes to dealing with Republicans, the Iran negotiations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Meet Chef Chane, Ethiopia's Version Of The Infamous 'Soup Nazi'
Like the famously curt broth ladler on Seinfeld, Addis Ababa's Chef Chane is known for serving up both delectable cuisine and insults. He says he learned his vaunted culinary skills in royal kitchens.
Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Fizzles As Reality Sets In
Mexico has opened up its oil and gas fields to foreign investors. But they're slow to enter, as low oil prices, drug violence and other challenges trump the lure of a vast and undeveloped shale bed.
From Afghanistan's Rubble, A Teacher Builds A School Of Ideas
Amid the obstructionism and violence of Afghanistan, Aziz Royesh has set up a school in Kabul that has won worldwide acclaim.
Palestinians Ask: The Two-State Solution Or The Two-State Illusion?
Palestinians are viewing Israeli elections with tremendous skepticism. After 20 years of on-and-off peace talks, a growing number have given up on a negotiated solution to the conflict.
Drumbeat Grows Louder For Impeachment Of Brazil's Rousseff
The second-term president faces a massive corruption scandal at the state oil company that implicates her party, rising inflation and a tanking currency. Now, her popularity is at an all-time low.
Tijuana Cops Turn On Body Cameras And Hope To Turn Off Bribery
Police in Mexico are known more for taking bribes than fighting crime. Tijuana's force is now using body cameras and hopes it will show that the public also plays a big role in corruption.
As Palm Oil Farms Expand, It's A Race To Save Indonesia's Orangutans
Demand for palm oil is destroying the habitat of endangered Sumatran orangutans. One group is working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce these often-orphaned primates back into the wild.
Via Satellite, Tracking The Plunder Of Middle East Cultural History
ISIS militants now control the long-running black market in stolen artifacts. Experts are tracking damage to heritage sites in Iraq and Syria by satellite and doing what little they can to stop it.
- Washington, DC
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001(202) 513-3232