U of M economist measures nature's benefits with dollars Nature performs many important functions that benefit humans -- not just offering beauty but cleaning water, taming floods and pollinating crops. Some researchers think it's time to put a dollar value on those natural processes.3:20 p.m.
Iowa caucuses: Santorum, Romney in dead heat Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are waging a seesaw battle for supremacy in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses Tuesday night, the opening round of a campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.Texas Rep. Ron Paul is running a close third.5:20 p.m.
Online School Helps Grown-Ups Finish College
Western Governors University is an online school that uses personal mentors to help adult students finish their college degrees at an affordable price. After 15 years in existence, the model finally seems to be catching on.
New Rules Mean Full Disclosure For Airfares
New federal rules will compel airlines and others to include taxes, fees and other mandatory charges in their advertised fares. Consumer advocates see the rule as a positive step; but some airlines are fighting the rules in court.
Many South Koreans Seem Apathetic About The North
South Korea's president has warned North Korea that his country will respond strongly to any North Korean provocations — but he also said North-South relations could improve if Pyongyang halts its nuclear weapons program. However many people in the South Korean capital seem apathetic about the power transition in the North — and even future relations between the two Koreas.
In Iowa, Young Voters Unenthusiastic About Obama
In 2008, young voters turned out in droves to elect Barack Obama, but now seem less likely to support his re-election campaign. Some young liberals have even thrown their support behind Republican Ron Paul.
Presidential Election Of 1912 Saw Viable Third Party
Robert Siegel talks with Sidney Milkis, author of Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy, about the U.S. presidential election of 1912 — when there was a viable third party on the ballot: the Bull Moose Party.
Sword Fight Choreographer Dies At 89
The late Bob Anderson helped to choreograph some of Hollywood's greatest sword fights — and even appeared on-screen himself as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Melissa Block talks about the sword master who died on Sunday. He was 89.
Why A Teen Who Talks Back May Have A Bright Future
Arguments between teens and parents can be a critical training ground for teens to learn how to resist negative peer pressure, research suggests. The best thing parents can do to help their teenager argue more effectively? Listen.
How Do The Iowa Caucuses Work?
Iowans are preparing to participate in the state's first-in-nation presidential contest. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins Robert Siegel to talk about Tuesday's Iowa caucuses — how they work and what they might mean.