New Face Of The Uninsured: Middle-Class Americans
Deborah Llavanes is one of a growing number of middle-income Americans who, because of the recession, have lost their jobs and their health coverage. For the first time in her life, Llavanes is turning to a community health clinic for her medical needs.
Was Explorer Meriwether Lewis Murdered?
Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark blazed a trail west of the Mississippi River in the early 1800s. Then in 1809, Lewis was found dead. While most historians attribute his death to suicide, some historians — and his descendants — question whether Lewis was murdered.
Oumou Sangare: Sonic And Political Muscle
Critic Robert Christgau is impressed by the new album from the Malian vocalist, whom he calls Africa's most important female singer. Seya is her first release after a 12-year absence from recording, spent raising a son and running a hotel, farm and other businesses.
Report: Holes Found In Federal Security
Federal investigators easily smuggled bomb-making materials past guards at federal buildings, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says. Mark Goldstein, the GAO's director for physical infrastructure issues, testified before a Senate panel Wednesday on the report's findings. He offers his insight.
Maia Sharp: A Songwriter Set To Arrive
Los Angeles-based singer Maia Sharp may be on her fourth album, Echo, but she's mostly made her living writing songs for other performers, including Cher, Dixie Chicks and Bonnie Raitt. After a few brushes with success, this time around, Sharp feels like she's ready to break through.
Obama Joins Global Warming Deal
President Obama and other world agreed Wednesday to back new targets to combat global warming. The leaders are supporting a goal to prevent the world's average temperature from rising more than 3.6 degrees.
U.S.-Russia Relations Blow Hot And Cold
This week, President Obama met with Russian leaders Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says Russia and the United States have attempted a closer friendship many times, but have never quite succeeded.
Russian Writer Vasily Aksyonov Remembered
Book reviewer Alan Cheuse remembers Russian author Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov, who died earlier this week. Aksyonov is known in the West as the author of Generations of Winter, a family saga depicting three generations of the Gradov family between 1925 and 1953.
16 People, 8 Kidneys, One 'Domino' Transplant
Doctors completed the first ever eight-way "domino" kidney transplant — involving eight donors and eight recipients — this week. The surgeries were performed in four hospitals over three weeks, and the surgeon who coordinated the exchange says the patients are all doing well.