When Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating, the Treasury Department and White House responded swiftly with criticism. Guest host John Ydstie talks with NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea about that response.
This weekend, the University of Alabama will award degrees to students who would have received them last spring had a devastating tornado not postponed graduation. During ceremonies, the school will honor the six students killed in the storm. NPR's Kathy Lohr reports.
The Los Angeles Urban Rangers are an art collective set on teaching Angelenos how to view nature in their everyday surroundings. Guest host John Ydstie travels with the Rangers on their newest expedition: to explore the L.A. River, a neglected natural resource.
NPR's summer road trip series continues with a tribute to two influential Washington, D.C., figures from the early 1900s. A 12-foot fountain in the nation's capital honors the friends, who took an ill-fated trip in 1912 aboard a brand-new ocean liner called the Titantic. Emily Friedman reports.