Spring sports can be tough on parents Some people say the climate is changing. That the weather is becoming more erratic. Others say, "Naaah. There's nothing to it. Relax. Everything's going to be fine."
Essayist Peter Smith says "I wish the 'Nothing to it' crowd could have joined our little gaggle of parents at the junior high tennis match after school the other day."7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Senators Judge Kagan's Supreme Court Aptness
Elena Kagan, confirmed last year as solicitor general, returns to the corridors of the Capitol, this time seeking confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan has never been a judge, and her record on legal matters is difficult for senators to assess. She's expected to face some pushback from Senate Republicans.
Kagan's Positions On Hot-Button Issues In Spotlight
Her positions on late abortions, detainee rights at Guantanamo Bay and military recruiters on campus are likely to come under scrutiny. But Elena Kagan's remarkably sparse public record may be one reason why President Obama picked her.
Sebastian Junger On The Thrill And Hell Of 'War'
The author visited Afghanistan's Korengal Valley five times in 2007 and 2008 as a reporter embedded with part of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade as it attempted to thwart the Taliban in rough mountain terrain.
Oil Spill Threatens Louisiana's Fragile Wetlands
The spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a tense day-by-day waiting game for environmentalists in Louisiana. They track the state's wetlands and a small set of barrier islands. Continued erosion is considered just as catastrophic as the spill.
Opposite Of Radical: Today's Youth Trust Uncle Sam
A generation ago, young people vowed never to trust anyone over 30. But as it turns out, those under 30 today trust the government more than any other age group, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. This is generally the historical trend, but one expert says the millennials are different.
Reclaiming Roles: Actors Play Beyond Disabilities
Even after a canoeing accident left him largely paralyzed, all Zack Weinstein ever wanted to do was act. Now, with a guest role on Fox's Glee, he's part of a new wave of performers who are bucking the Hollywood trend of casting able-bodied actors to play characters with disabilities -- and challenging producers to think more broadly about those roles.
As Sales Increase, Toyota Reverses Losses
Japan's No. 1 automaker announced profits of $1.2 billion for the most recent quarter. Toyota says sales in North America during the quarter shot up 65 percent. Sales were also strong in China, and at home in Japan, thanks to government incentives.
Fannie Mae Asks Taxpayers For Billions More
Fannie Mae has reported a first-quarter loss of more than $13 billion. The mortgage finance company said it needs an additional $8.4 billion from the government to help cover mounting losses. The new request brings the total cost of the rescue of Fannie and Freddie Mac to nearly $145 billion.
Dr. Doom: Full Recovery Will Take 1-2 Years
New York University economist Nouriel Roubini talks to Renee Montagne about his new book Crisis Economics. Roubini, who's known as Dr. Doom, became famous for predicting the financial crisis. He says while the U.S. economy is recovering, it will be anemic for a year or two.
British Airways Strikes Could Hurt World Cup
British Airways workers have announced a series of strikes that would go right up to the start of the World Cup soccer tournament next month. It could ruin plans for thousands of soccer fans who plan to travel to South Africa for the action.