Social Security: The 'Third Rail' No More?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called the program used by 55 million Americans a "Ponzi scheme" and a "monstrous lie." Recent polls show many Republican voters are willing to give him a pass on that. But that may not be the case in a general election.
Cast Of Characters Compete In Irish Elections
Melissa Block talks to Irish Times reporter Ronan McGreevy about the interesting mix of candidates in this year's presidential election in Ireland. Among those in the race: a gay rights campaigner, a former IRA commander and a singer who won the Eurovision song contest back in 1970.
Amazon Debuts Its New Tablet
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday the release of a full-color tablet device called Fire, as well as three new Kindle E-Ink models starting at $79.
How Will Amazon's Fire Impact Apple?
On Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the release of a tablet device called Fire. Michele Norris will talk with NPR's Laura Sydell about what this means for Amazon, Apple and consumers.
Clyburn Discusses Obama's CBC Speech
Michele Norris speaks with South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the Assistant Democratic Leader in the House, for reaction to President Obama's speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday.
Fed Dissenter Thomas Hoenig Retires
Thomas Hoenig, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, retires this week. He sticks out among members of the Open Markets Committee. He's voted against low interest rate policy years, and he's spoken against it, though in a decorous way. With just a couple of days left on the job, he's speaking more forcefully now.
Going Round In Circles Over Traffic Fix
Roundabouts can slash commute times, reduce pollution and even limit car accidents. But city planners will have to overcome public fears for the circles to thrive in the U.S.
Bullfighting In Spain Stays Alive Despite Regional Ban
Spain's northeast region of Catalonia held its final bullfight last weekend, after voting to ban the practice last year. But elsewhere in the country, many Spaniards say the ban is more about politics than bullfighting — and they expect the tradition to continue.