The State Of Iraq's Government, Security
As American troops pull out of Iraq, we hear from a veteran war correspondent about the condition of the country those troops are leaving behind. Anthony Shadid won two Pulitzer Prizes for his Iraq coverage with The Washington Post. He's now in Baghdad for The New York Times, and is the author of Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War. Michele Norris talks to Shadid about the state of Iraq's government, security, electrical grid, and the mood of its people.
Roadside Bombs Raise U.S. Stakes In Afghanistan
July was the deadliest month for American troops in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. The Pentagon has spent billions of dollars trying to protect troops from deadly roadside bombs, or IEDs. But insurgents respond to the new technology with new ways of making bombs.
What's So Worrisome About A BlackBerry?
The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia say they will pull the plug on some BlackBerry services -- because they can't monitor them closely enough. E-mails and instant messages the devices send are encrypted using a system controlled by the manufacturer, Research In Motion.
Examining The Risks Of Deflation
Some members of the Fed recently cited the threat of deflation. Deflation -- a general decrease in prices -- should not be occurring during an economic recovery. In many ways, it is more worrisome than inflation.
More Economists Cite Concerns Over Deflation
Since the series of corporate bailouts and falling interest rates began in 2008, inflation has been the buzzword. But some leading economists and investors are now beginning to worry about just the opposite -- deflation. Michele Norris talks to St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard about the risks of deflation.
Influential Record Producer Mitch Miller Dies
Influential record producer Mitch Miller has died at age 99. Miller was a key executive at Columbia Records in the era before rock 'n' roll, making hits with Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett, among others.
Writer Anne Rice: 'Today I Quit Being A Christian'
Anne Rice, best known for her Vampire Chronicles series, announced she's leaving Christianity about a decade after rejoining the Roman Catholic Church. She says she left because she didn't realize the lengths the church would go to prevent same-sex marriage. "It was very painful," Rice tells NPR.
BP Prepares Static Kill To Plug Well
BP is preparing to pump heavy fluid down the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. This "static kill" operation could then allow the oil company to pump cement into the bottom of the well and seal it off for good. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Richard Harris.