Talk of the Nation
What's The Talk Of Your Nation?
In the final broadcast of TOTN, NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving, senior business editor Marilyn Geewax and science correspondent Richard Harris discuss the big stories they're covering. Callers talk about the issues that have their communities...
So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes
On the final day of Talk of the Nation, staff and colleagues have been faced with the dilemma of how to say goodbye. When your words fail, a greeting card can supply the right sentiment. Former Hallmark greeting card writer David Dickerson gives...
Hopes And Fears For The Future Of The World With Ted Koppel
The conflict in Syria rages on, the United States' relationship with Iran remains strained and China is taking hold as an emerging superpower. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, NPR commentator Ted Koppel looks to the future of international...
After 11 Years Behind The Host Mic, Neal Conan Signs Off
NPR's Neal Conan reflects on his 11 years of hosting Talk of the Nation and thanks some of the influential contributors to the show along the way. After 36 years at NPR, Conan signs off.
A Look Ahead And A Farewell To The Political Junkie
In the final edition of the Political Junkie, NPR's Ken Rudin looks ahead to 2014 and 2016 elections with democratic pollster Anna Greenberg and Republican strategist Vin Weber.
'The Fire' That Transformed A Philadelphia Community
In 1985, after a long standoff, Philadelphia municipal authorities dropped a bomb on the headquarters of the African-American radical group called MOVE. In the documentary Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder chronicles the years of tension that...
What Changes After Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, stating that the legislation was based on now outdated data. The ruling removes the coverage formula that required federal oversight for voting...
What's Changed In The Military, And What's Next
A shrinking Pentagon budget, a changing role for women in combat, and the planned 2014 exit from Afghanistan are just some of the factors that will shape the future of military life. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, guests discuss what's...
After Supreme Court Ruling On Affirmative Action, What's Next?
The Supreme Court issued its decision Monday in Fisher v. the University of Texas, which challenged the constitutionality of the use of affirmative action in college admissions. The court sent the case back to the lower court to apply "strict...
Coffee's Natural Creamer
Coffee beans are filled with oils that emerge from coffee grounds under high pressure. These oils form the crema�"the frothy stuff on top of an espresso. In the last installment of Science Friday's series on coffee, food-science writer Harold McGee,...
Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest
Vegetables plucked from grocery store shelves can be made to respond to patterns of light and darkness, according to a report in the journal Current Biology. Janet Braam and colleagues found that cabbages change their levels of phytonutrients...
A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer
China's "Tianhe-2" (Milky Way 2) supercomputer took first place in one recent speed test, clocking in at 30 quadrillion calculations per second--about twice as fast as the best American machines. The U.S. still has more supercomputers than any other...
Beaming Internet to the Boondocks, Via Balloon
Rather than relying on cell towers, phone lines, or fiber optics, Google plans to beam 3G-speed Internet to the world's most inaccessible corners using helium balloons. The experiment is called "Project Loon." Leader Mike Cassidy talks about the...
'Blood & Beauty': Capturing The Ruthless, Infamous Borgias Family
In 1500, Italy bursts with some of the most influential and vivid figures in history. In her latest book Blood & Beauty, historical novelist Sarah Dunant breathes new life into the story of the brilliant, powerful and notorious Borgias family.
Nikky Finney Ponders Possibilities Of The Poetry Profession
Nikky Finney won the National Book Award for her poetry collection Head Off & Split in 2011. Two years later, she is on the other side as a judge and the chair of the award panel. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, Finney discusses the future...
After A Surge Of Violence, The Threat Of A New Civil War In Iraq
Since the beginning of April, more than 2,000 people have died in bombings and other attacks in Iraq. NPR foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers, just back from a trip to Baghdad, explains what's behind the recent rise in violence and what's changed...
Dead-Pan Humor And Childhood Fears Collide In 'The Dark'
Author Lemony Snicket is known for his dry wit and matter-of-fact take on the mysterious and macabre. He is best known for tales of dastardly villains, clever orphans, and low-ranking members of secret organizations. In his latest children's book, he...
The Penultimate Edition Of The Political Junkie
Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics. Boston Globe political reporter Jim O'Sullivan previews the special election between Mass. Senate candidates Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez on June 25. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving looks to the future...
When A Language Dies, What Happens To Culture?
Nearly half of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world are expected to vanish in the next 100 years. One of them is Athabaskan, a language of the Siletz tribe in the Pacific Northwest. Bud Lane, vice chairman of Siletz tribal council, explains the...
A Look Ahead To The Future Of Afghanistan
Twelve years after the war began, Afghanistan's president announced Tuesday that Afghan forces officially assumed control of security for the country. U.S. and NATO troops will remain until the 2014 deadline, but the Afghan military is now expected to...
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