National & World News from NPR

Pages

TED Radio Hour
9:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Are Some Things Universally Beautiful?

Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:23 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Denis Dutton's TEDTalk

Denis Dutton has a provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

About Denis Dutton

Read more
NPR Story
8:59 am
Fri April 19, 2013

What Is Beauty?

Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?
TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:14 pm

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
8:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

It's All Politics, Apr. 18, 2013

Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
  • Listen to the Roundup

A somber week, with people wasting no time putting the Boston tragedy in political terms. President Obama unleashes on Congress after a background check amendment to the gun bill goes down in the Senate. At least the latest exploits of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner keep NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving amused in the latest episode of the It's All Politics podcast.

Krulwich Wonders...
8:25 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Trees On Top Of Skyscrapers? Yes! Yes, Say I. No! No, Says Tim

Boeri Studio

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:35 am

This isn't finished. But it will be. Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan, Italy, near the Porta Garibaldi railroad station. (The image is not a photograph, but an architect's rendering. The towers are built and the trees are going in right now.) I love this. I think these towers are gorgeous. Milan is a very polluted town; these trees will cleanse the air, pumping out oxygen and greening the cityscape.

Read more
Around the Nation
7:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Bombing On White House And Russia's Radar

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley, who has the White House perspective on news of the Boston Marathon bombings manhunt. NPR has confirmed that the two suspects were from Chechnya. For insights on that region, Morning Edition talks with Matt Rojansky, deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Politics
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

'Gang Of 8' Rolls Out Immigration Overhaul

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Okay, we are continuing to follow the events in Boston this morning. Police there say one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers has been killed and the other is on the run in the Boston suburb of Watertown. For the moment, let's turn to another major story here in Washington. A bipartisan bill revamping the nation's immigration laws goes to the Senate judiciary committee today.

It was formerly rolled out yesterday by the group of Senators known as the Gang of Eight and critics have weighed in. Here's NPR's David Welna.

Read more
Business
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Have Banks Recovered From The Financial Crisis?

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Read more
Business
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Google, Microsoft Look Past Desktop Computers To Increase Earnings

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the tale of two companies.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Google and Microsoft quarterly earnings reports are in and it appears their slugfest continues with Google's earnings up 23 percent and Microsoft up 18 percent. That is even as sales of desktop computers decline.

GREENE: As NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, the future for both companies is on the small screen.

Read more
Business
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. Today's last word in business is be careful what you ask for.

The small Indian city of Motihari is not known for much.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

So when locals discovered a few years ago that the writer George Orwell was born there, they saw a tourism opportunity. Britain's Telegraph newspaper reports locals put up a sign outside the birthplace of the author of "1984," "Animal Farm" and other books, and they asked the state government to turn that modest home into a museum.

Read more
Shots - Health News
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

With Bird Flu, 'Right Now, Anything Is Possible'

A health worker collects pigeons from a trap at People's Square in Shanghai, China, earlier this month. So far, workers have tested more than 48,000 animals for the H7N9 flu virus.
ChinaFotoPress Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:27 pm

An international dream team of flu experts assembled in China today.

Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's top influenza scientist.

Before he left Geneva, Fukuda explained the wide-open nature of the investigation in an interview with NPR.

Read more
Around the Nation
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston-Area Residents Told To Shelter In Place

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. And we have special coverage right now of the unfolding events in Boston following the Boston Marathon bombing. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Read more
Around the Nation
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Sound Montage: Remembering A Busy News Week

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. Minute by minute throughout this morning we're tracking events out of Boston to understand where we are. Let's also review this week briefly to understand where we have been.

(SOUNDBITE OF EXPLOSION)

ED DAVIS: At 2:50 PM there were simultaneous explosions that occurred along the route of the Boston Marathon near the finish line.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Read more
Around the Nation
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Investigators Search For Clues In Texas Plant Explosion

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's turn now, briefly, to West, Texas, the scene of this week's fertilizer plant explosion. Many questions remain unanswered there. In fact, it's still hard to estimate how many people were killed. We do know that regulators had a few concerns with this plant in the past, though it's not clear if anybody questioned the plant's location near homes and a school.

And amid all these questions, the people of West are picking up and taking stock. Here's NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

(SOUNDBITE OF HELICOPTER)

Read more
The Two-Way
6:13 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Book News: Two Authors Make 'Time' List Of '100 Most Influential People'

Hilary Mantel attends the Costa Book of the Year awards in London, England.
Stuart Wilson Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Read more
Political Junkie
5:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Hopefully, the disappointment/frustration of that April Fool's ScuttleButton has subsided and now you're ready for the real stuff.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it's something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)

Read more

Pages