President Trump's first tweet of 2018 was extremely critical of Pakistan, threatening to withhold U.S. aid to the country. Former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about the implications of such a threat.
Though Congress has had many tech executives testify on Capitol Hill about their operations, it hasn't led to any major regulations of the tech industry. Europe, on the other hand, seems far more willing to impose limitations. NPR's Ari Shapiro discusses why that might be with Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain.
South Korea is hoping to hold its first official diplomatic meeting with North Korea in more than two years. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Frank Aum, senior expert on North Korea at the United States Institute of Peace, about the upcoming meeting and the impact such high talks might have on the United States' relations with both countries.
Long considered among Europe's most socially conservative countries, Ireland is holding a referendum next year to legalize abortion. The vote follows another that legalized same-sex marriage, and the election of the country's first, gay prime minister.
A new initiative to combat sexual harassment was launched on New Year's Day. It's called Time's Up, and has the force of 300 prominent women from the entertainment industry behind it. Time's Up aims to give women support across all industries, not just Hollywood. It also includes a legal defense fund, spearheaded by lawyer Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama.
Ladama's four ensemble members met during a fellowship program through the State Department. Their self-titled debut album, Ladama, offers new takes on musical traditions from their homes in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the U.S.
President Trump has tweeted his support for protesters in Iran. But what could the U.S. realistically do to help? NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Gary Sick of Columbia University about U.S. policy options on Iran.
This week newsroom employees at the Los Angeles Times will vote on joining a union. The paper has not fared well since it was first sold to the Tribune company in 2000, with rounds of layoffs and buyouts that continued under new ownership called Tronc. Now, fresh concerns are surfacing over the paper's new editor-in-chief, Lewis D'vorkin.
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Neal Katyal, professor of law at Georgetown University, and former acting solicitor general of the U.S., about the legal issues surrounding the swatting case which resulted in an innocent man being shot to death in Wichita, Kan., in response to a fake 911 call that came from the Los Angeles area.
In a letter to the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins announced he has decided to retire as its artistic director and head of its school. The announcement follows allegations from current and former dancers of sexual misconduct and physical abuse.
There were no passenger airline crashes anywhere in the world last year, making 2017 the safest year in history for commercial airlines. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Bloomberg News aviation reporter, about what accounts for the safest year worldwide.
Architect John Portman was famous for building modern skyscrapers with soaring atriums, including Detroit's Renaissance Center and Atlanta's Peachtree Center. The structures were often built as part of urban renewal efforts, but many critics say they did little to draw people to struggling downtowns. Portman died Friday at age 93.