Art Hounds: Saboteur, Smooch, and Will Eno's "Oh the Humanity" The hounds put their stamp of approval on a piece of theater which requires audiences to solve puzzles in order to proceed to the next scene, a not-yet-completed documentary about the art and act of forgiveness, and a darkly comedic existential drama.4:44 p.m.
Lawmakers Aim For Deficit Deal As Deadline Looms
The Senate spawned the Gang of Six bargain on deficit reduction, but its ultimate test will come in the tax-averse House, where Republicans will have to muster a majority for it. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook, who looks at attitudes in the chamber.
No Longer 'Wine And Roses' For Defense Spending
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Pentagon got the money it asked for. Now, with hundreds of billions in cuts proposed, the Defense Department is faced with basic questions about its priorities.
Hunger Strike Puts Focus On Calif. Prison Conditions
A three-week protest by prisoners in California further highlighted perceived problems with the state's huge prison system. This protest was chiefly driven by demands for an end to long-term solitary confinement.
End Of An Era: Space Shuttle Lands In Florida
Space shuttle Atlantis touched down in Florida early Thursday morning. This is the final homecoming for NASA's 30-year-old shuttle program, as the agency retires its fleet of spaceships and faces an uncertain future.
Johnson Space Center Reflects On Shuttle Program
The end of the shuttle program is being felt exceptionally hard at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Thousands of people there worked on the shuttle and related projects — and the center is a major economic force in the city and the region.
Refugees Flee Famine-Stricken Somalia
NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton talks with Michele Norris from the town of Dadaab on the Kenya-Somali border, which is the destination point for thousands of Somali refugees fleeing famine.
Redistricting Cases Challenge The Voting Rights Act
The 1965 Voting Rights Act has removed racial barriers for generations of black voters in the South. Now a legal challenge raises the question of just how much federal oversight election laws still need.
Syria Conflict May Be Shifting Flow Of Fighters
In a tribal region long known as a transit point for fighters and weapons entering Iraq during the war, the route might be reversing. Syrian state TV recently claimed fighters are now coming into Syria, to help in the battle against the government.
Great White Shark Jumps On Research Boat
Michele Norris speaks with Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who lived a Jaws-like moment when a great white jumped on deck of her team's research boat after they threw fish into the water to lure sharks closer. This all happened off the coast of South Africa.