NPR's Ari Shapiro takes a look back at the political news of 2017, and the first year of Trump's presidency, with Matt Yglesias, columnist, editor and co-founder of Vox, and Rachael Larimore, online managing editor of The Weekly Standard.
Temperatures are dropping across the country this week and many people are wondering if they should warm up their cars before driving to work. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Ray Magliozzi, of Car Talk fame, about what he does and what's best for cars.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen Kurkjian, former investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, and author of the book Master Thieves, about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990. The museum still hopes to get the artwork back and set a deadline on New Year's Eve for a $10 million reward on leads for the 13 missing paintings, that include works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Degas.
Sylvia Moy is one of the notable people who died in 2017. Moy contributed greatly to American R&B music. She was the producer who helped Stevie Wonder continue his career at Motown after his voice changed.
It was a messy year in Congress. Despite control of the House and Senate — and a president willing to sign legislation — Congressional Republicans spent much of the year fighting amongst themselves. But at both the start and the finish of the year, they scored some important wins.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Devin Leonard about President Trump's tweet saying the U.S. Postal Service should charge more to deliver Amazon packages. Leonard wrote a book about the U.S. Post Office called Neither Snow nor Rain.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says contractors and diplomats will be sent to Eastern Syria to help stabilize the country. They will be protected by American troops already there. Mattis says that besides rebuilding, the increased American presence will make sure diplomatic efforts continue for the future of Syria. Both Russia and Syria have said U.S. forces should leave.
Last January, NPR's Ari Shapiro went on a road trip to talk with voters in the days leading up to the inauguration of President Trump. We check back in with one of the people we met — strawberry farmer Chuck Wooten, who voted for President Trump.
Apple is doing damage control after iPhone owners expressed outrage when the company admitted to intentionally slowing down older phones to preserve battery life. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Will Oremus, who is covering the story for Slate, now that Apple has put out an unsigned apology.
Every new year the British monarch recognizes people who have made a contribution to public life in the U.K. While the "New Year's Honors List" usually includes members of the political, social and economic elite, the majority of those honored are ordinary people who have helped others in their daily lives.