Forty years ago this month, President Richard Nixon officially introduced something he called the "War on Drugs." A decade later, Ronald Reagan launched it as a national crusade, with the memorable slogan "Just Say No."
Since then, though, the Obama administration has jettisoned the term "war on drugs," and this past week, the Global Commission on Drug Policy issued a report calling the crusade a failure.
Lawrence Eagleburger, a longtime diplomat who had a brief term as secretary of state under George H.W. Bush, died Saturday at age 80. Eagleburger was the only career foreign service officer to become a secretary of state. Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, tells guest host Rachel Martin that Eagleburger will be remembered for his unique blend of blunt talk and charm.
With only 54,000 jobs added, May's employment numbers came in well below expectations, and the jobless rate ticked up slightly to 9.1 percent. Combined with a slipping stock market, a housing double dip and a drop in manufacturing numbers for the first time in 18 months, the slew of discouraging economic news puts President Obama on the hot seat just 18 months before the next election.
On this week's podcast, we have an intriguing tale of a woman who developed a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome that's usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.
There's a meet-up planned at the Jefferson Memorial today. People are invited to bring their own music, listen to it on earbuds, and dance.
I'm not sure the meet-up began as a protest. It's become one now.
In May, an appeals court ruled that the U-S Park Police were right to arrest a woman named Mary Brooke Oberwetter for going to the Jefferson Memorial with a group of friends shortly before midnight on April 12, 2008, and silently dancing to salute Thomas Jefferson's 265th birthday.
Julian and Adrian Riester entered the world together. Twin brothers born in Buffalo, New York, they played the kinds of games twins do: fooling teachers when they sometimes took each other's tests at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.
One day during World War II, the brothers received their acceptance from the Franciscan order in the morning, and orders from their draft board that afternoon. They told their draft board they had to answer the call of God and became friars.
Visitors to the nation's capital will soon have a lifetime chance to see one of the most precious artifacts of ancient Rome. The Capitoline Venus will go on display next Wednesday at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She is over six feet tall and naked, covering herself with both lovely arms.
Sometimes, there's nothing more exciting than a great athlete who is growing older, like the rest of us, yet rouses themselves to give one more great performance. Dirk Nowitzki and Roger Federer both upset their opponents this week with stellar wins. Host Scott Simon discusses the French Open, the NBA playoffs and Shaquille O'Neal's retirement announcement with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will come back from medical leave to announce a new music service at the company's annual developers conference on Monday. The service will be called iCloud, and it's rumored to have been in the works for the last year. All indications are that, for the first time, the major record labels and music publishers have gotten behind a service that will let you access your entire iTunes collection from almost any Internet-connected device.