Norfolk, Va., is in mourning Sunday, following the helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 U.S. troops — including almost two dozen Navy SEALs. Norfolk is home to many SEALs and their families. Guest host David Greene speaks with NPR's Daniel Zwerdling, who says this is a city that keeps grief close to the vest.
Parts of East Africa are suffering through the worst drought in 50 years. More than 10 million people in the area are in dire need of humanitarian aid. About 29,000 children under age 5 have died in the last three months. Somali refugees continue to flee to the Kenyan border, making the town of Dadaab host to the largest refugee camp in the world. Guest host David Greene speaks with Abdirahman Yabarow of Voice of America and Stephanie Savariaud of the United Nations World Food Program, who's working with the nearly half-million refugees in Dadaab.
When Standard & Poor's downgraded the United State's credit rating, it said that the "effectiveness, stability and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened." In other words, S&P was down on Washington's dysfunction, distrust and gridlock. The reactions to S&P's move — at least the reactions seen on TV — suggest that the ratings agency may have had a point.
On Aug. 2, when most U.S. papers ran a front page photograph of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' return to the House, The New York Times went with Hicks' photo from Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks has been on the front lines of conflicts throughout the Middle East over the past decade, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Lebanon. This past March, Hicks was captured by Gadhafi loyalists while photographing the revolution in Libya and was held hostage for six days.
Yet Hicks has continued photographing the world's hot spots. This past month, Hicks went to Somalia to document the ongoing famine and humanitarian crisis.
Signs of a battle: Smurfs and apes spar with an upcoming movie, Columbiana, outside LA's ArcLight Hollywood theater.
Weekends on All Things Considered just wrapped a week of production in LA. And we found out it's hard to spend much time here without movies on the mind.
At the box office, this month so far has been one weird creature flick after another battling for the top spot. Cowboys and Aliens just about tied The Smurfs last weekend. But this weekend's Rise of the Planet of the Apes smashed them both.
We hit the streets outside LA's luxurious ArcLight HollyWood Theater to pose one simple question: Cowboys, aliens, Smurfs, or apes?