Anti-government activists from Syria gather again in Istanbul to chart a path toward the end of the Assad regime. There is talk of forming a National Salvation Council, and efforts are being made to link up with activists in Damascus via Skype. Guest host Linda Wertheimer discusses the situation with NPR's Peter Kenyon in Istanbul.
Dr. Bill Blahd has seen a lot of trauma in his 30 years as an emergency room doctor. But he says nothing could have fully prepared him for his job at the Veterans Hospital in Boise. Most of his patients are veterans from past wars, Korea, Vietnam and even World War II. But it's the trauma of younger veterans that also haunts him. He turns those images into powerful paintings on canvas depicting the impact of war. Sadie Babits of Boise State Public Radio reports.
150 years ago Sunday, Congress passed a bill that allowed the U.S. Treasury Department to circulate paper money for the first time. And for most of that time, the same family-owned company has produced the paper on which each bill is printed. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Doug Crane of Crane & Company about the company's history in making paper for dollars.
Close to 10 million people urgently require food aid in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with children and the elderly in the direst situation. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton travels to Northwest Kenya for a first-hand look at the results of the devastating drought in the Horn of Africa.
The United States plays in the finals of the women's World Cup soccer championship against Japan Sunday afternoon. As thrilling as the ride has been so far, the women on the team know that a great journey needs a great ending.
A short while before the World Cup tournament began, U.S. striker Abby Wambach was asked what it takes to win the World Cup. The 5'11 striker with more than 150 goals in international competition listed what the team will need.
"It's gonna take some guts," she said. "It's gonna take some luck, it's gonna take some skill, some goals, some defending."