Host Scott Simon talks with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) about the breakdown in federal debt negotiations. This week, the bipartisan "Gang of Six" — to which Conrad belongs — revived hopes of a grand bargain on a budget deal.
Host Scott Simon speaks to author John Mitchinson about Unbound — a startup that allows authors to pitch book ideas online. Visitors to the site then vote for the ideas they like best. The books that garner the most support get published.
When the U.S. Congress holds an investigative hearing, count on members of Congress to preen and talk and get to a question and then interrupt the answer. As we saw this week when Rupert Murdoch and his son were questioned in the Parliament, the Brits have a very different style.
More than 90 people are confirmed dead following Friday's attacks in Norway. The capital city of Oslo was hit by a bomb and then a gunman opened fire at a youth camp. Host Scott Simon speaks with Halvard Sandberg, a reporter for the Norwegian broadcasting corporation, NRK, who is following the story from the site of the camp.
As the country continues to bake in record-breaking heat, and in this year of weather extremes, people want to know: Is this all part of an ominous climate change? Host Scott Simon speaks with NOAA meteorologist Martin Hoerling about the situation.
James T. Molloy, a second-generation firefighter and long-time doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives, died on Tuesday. Several years ago, he was interviewed by his friend and fellow Buffalo-native, the late journalist, Tim Russert for StoryCorps — the project that travels the country recording your stories and archives them at the Library of Congress.