Are Insurers' Profits As Low As They Claim?
A trade group says insurers only make 1 cent off every dollar spent on health care. But that figure measures insurer profits against all the money pumped into the U.S. system. Economists say profits are traditionally calculated by how much insurers spend versus how much money they take in.
Rebuilding Iraq: An Unfinished Business
Recent audits released by the U.S. government show a mixed legacy of America's $50 billion reconstruction effort in Iraq. The reports highlight how the U.S. military is deeply involved with the reconstruction of Iraq — and how it may be tricky to draw down and transfer authority to the Iraqis.
Call Of The Wild: How Ranger Became 'Yosemite Bob'
Bob Roney first fell in love with Yosemite National Park as a senior in high school. More than 40 years later, he uses technology — like Twitter and a tape recorder — to document the wonders that have kept him enchanted with the place.
Summer Song Favorites: 'Save It For Later'
For Adam Duritz, lead singer of Counting Crows, the perfect summer song is "Save It for Later" by The English Beat. "There's just something about the joy of the song," Duritz says. "It just seems so Technicolor to me."
Listeners' Choice: 2009's Best Songs (So Far)
In July, thousands of NPR's All Songs Considered listeners cast votes for their favorite songs of 2009's first half. Bob Boilen, the show's host, discusses the results and plays some of listeners' favorite songs with NPR's Melissa Block.
A Tiny Digital Arts Revolution, Encased In Glass
Artist Tim Tate makes bulb-shaped glass cases containing a miniature video screen and player. When he couldn't find technology that worked with his art, he collaborated with scientists to invent it.
Health Care Debate Tone Sharpens
Congress may be taking a break for August, but the debate over a health care overhaul isn't. It's just changing venues. For the next five weeks, arguments for and against the plans being put together by President Obama and congressional Democrats will be waged on the airwaves and in individual states and members' districts.
Low Vitamin D Levels? Sardines To The Rescue
Federal statistics show that 9 percent of U.S. children were deficient in vitamin D, and an additional 61 percent may have lower-than-optimal levels. Some research suggests that vitamin D, abundant in fatty fish such as sardines, helps bolster the immune system and may even guard against heart disease.
Craigslist Founder Defends Web Site
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says the tension between anonymity and accountability is one of the most pertinent issues on the Internet. The self-described former nerd says his Web site was built on a single good idea, which he expanded by listening to suggestions.