How To Spend $1.25 Trillion
In a matter of months, the Federal Reserve bought up a huge chunk of the nation's mortgages. Here's what it looked like on the inside.
The U.S. And Corruption In The Karzai Administration
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Steve Coll -- president and CEO of the New America Foundation and author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 -- about corruption in the Karzai government.
Mexico's Drug War Spawns Wave Of Kidnappings
Drug cartels have stepped up abductions for ransom as a way to supplement their income. The government has called for stiffer sentences and million-dollar rewards, but the number of kidnappings continues to rise.
Letters: Radiologists; Craigslist Sex Ads; Dodgers
Listeners weigh in on what radiologists really do, take exception to the way Melissa Block phrased a question during an interview about sex ads on Craigslist, and set the record straight about where the Dodgers did and did not go during the 2009 Major League Baseball season.
Future Of Primary Care? Some Say 'Medical Home'
Martin's Point in Portland, Maine, is among those around the country pioneering a concept called a "medical home." The idea is to make health care better and more efficient for both doctors and patients. And it may well help attract more doctors to primary care practice.
The Latest In Treating, Diagnosing Alzheimer's
NPR's Melissa Block talks to Dr. Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, about the latest in treating and diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. Albert says she and her colleagues are disappointed that Eli Lilly stopped its clinical trials of an experimental treatment, but that many other drugs are currently in development. While no one expects any of those to be a cure, the hope is that there will be a drug to delay the progression of the disease.
Texting, Skype Alter The Peace Corps Experience
Until fairly recently, joining the Peace Corps usually meant living in a remote location and leaving behind family, friends and way of life. But mobile devices and the Internet are changing how volunteers serve -- and how they keep in touch with home. This connectivity is helpful for the volunteers, but not always for the Peace Corps staff.
Cee Lo's Viral Hit: Blunt and Sweet
There’s a catchy new tune by Gnarls Barkley member Cee Lo Green that's gone viral on the web, the lovingly titled “F- - - You.” The song was played more than 2 million times in the five days following its release and has been featured on close to 4,500 music blogs.
New Orleans' Rebound Brings Surprising Riches
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans isn't the city it used to be. The Census Bureau estimates there are 100,000 fewer people living there than before the storm. But many in New Orleans say things may actually be better -- from its sense of community to a greater appreciation of the city's food and music.