Programmers have been working furiously to meet the White House's Nov. 30 deadline to improve the troubled HealthCare.gov. The goal is to handle 50,000 users at once. NPR's Mara Liasson speaks with host Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about whether the White House met its deadline.
The state of Mississippi has not endorsed the Affordable Care Act. Yet insurers need people to sign up to make their business work. Concerned about lagging numbers, Humana outfitted a bus with internet and computers to drive around the state to enrolling people.
The Planet Money team followed the making of a T-shirt, from cotton fields to factories to container ships. Host Rachel Martin talks with Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and Pietra Rivoli, author of The travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.
An imposing 16th century stone tomb for the Mogul emperor Humayun has been restored after six years of work. The mausoleum, which had fallen into disrepair, became India's most ambitious heritage conservation project.
Woodland is a mostly-hidden, wonderfully wooded hilltop cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. The humorist Erma Bombeck is buried there, as are the famous Wright brothers, their sister and father. We take a walk through Woodland for Weekend Edition Sunday's travel segment, "Wingin' It."
You can't tickle yourself because you can't surprise your own brain. But could you do it if you could trick your brain into thinking you were someone else? Host Rachel Martin talks to professor Jakob Hohwy of Monash University in Australia to learn about his experiment with illusion and reality, and the rubber hand.
Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has brought one of Leonardo da Vinci's lesser-known inventions to life. He spent almost four years building the 'viola organista' — a unique musical instrument that looks like a piano on the outside, but sounds like a quartet of string instruments when played.
The UN agency that supplies the basic needs for Palestinian refugees may not be able to meet December payroll for 30,000 teachers, doctors and social workers across the Mideast. The agency serves an ever-increasing number of refugees, the descendants of the Palestinians uprooted in 1948.
Indian writer Zahir Janmohamed was in Gujarat, India, during the 2002 riots that left more than a thousand Muslims dead. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the riots, and how Muslims have fared in Gujarat since then under Narendra Modi, who is now a leading candidate to be India's next prime minister.
An American group has come up with an unlikely solution to the lack of infrastructure in Haiti: making medical supplies using 3-D printers. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Ashley Dara from iLab Haiti, the group responsible for the program.
According to the superstition, uttering the words on the first of the month will make you lucky for the rest of it. Host Rachel Martin speaks with public radio host and word-lover Martha Barnette about where the notion came from.
The Cavaliers made a first round draft pick; the Eastern Conference is tanking but the Western Conference has only two bad teams; and Nets Coach Jason Kidd earned a free timeout by spilling soda on the court. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca for his take on the NBA's week.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain, spent his life thinking about the role of religion in public life. Host Rachel Martin speaks Sacks, who will begin teaching next year at New York University.