NPR logo NPR

News Updates

The Dey House, a 140-year-old mansion, is home to the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, one of the oldest MFA writing programs in the country. Director Lan Samantha Chang — who attended the workshop as a student — has made it a priority to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the program. Linda Kahlbaugh/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Linda Kahlbaugh/AP

Code Switch

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.

Onaja Waki (left) is about to start college in California, but she and her mother, Oneida Cordova, have been talking openly for years about the dangers of sexual assault. Teresa Chin/Youth Radio hide caption

itoggle caption Teresa Chin/Youth Radio

A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus

As Kids Head To Campus, Parents Broach The Subject Of Sexual Assault Youth Radio

Starting college is exciting, but campus life also comes with risks. So how are parents talking to their kids about avoiding becoming a victim — or even a perpetrator — of sexual assault?

Partner content from

Youth Radio

Flash flood waters from the overrun Skunk Creek flood I-10 in northwestern Pheonix. Flooding from heavy rain forced authorities to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17. Matt York/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Matt York/AP

The Two-Way - News Blog

Torrential Rain Swamps Phoenix, Strands Drivers

Monsoonal rainfall caused massive flash flooding in Phoenix on Tuesday, turning roads into raging torrents. One area recorded 1 inch in 14 minutes.

Ilias Smirlis (left) runs a small family farm in Kalamata, Greece. Before he met entrepreneur Sotiris Lymperopoulos, who runs the food service Radiki, he struggled to sell his produce outside Athens. "The demand for excellent products will always exist," Smirlis says. "The challenge is to find a market." Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Joanna Kakissis/NPR

The Salt

Specialty Food And Agriculture Startups Are Ripening In Greece

Sotiris Lymperopoulos left a good job in Athens to collect wild sea greens for upscale restaurants. Food startups like his may be able to generate thousands of new jobs in post-crisis Greece.

Deputy Chief of Mission (Jakarta, Indonesia) Kristen Bauer (top left), Capt. Richard Stacpoole (top right), and Marine Lt. Col. Miguel Avila pass a wreath to sailors, assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One, during a wreath-laying ceremony for the sunken Navy vessel USS Houston. Christian Senyk/U.S. Navy hide caption

itoggle caption Christian Senyk/U.S. Navy

The Two-Way - News Blog

A U.S. Naval Ship Sunk During World War II Is Identified

The USS Houston was hit by the Japanese on Feb. 28, 1942; 700 sailors and Marines died. U.S. and Indonesian divers have confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea was the wreck of the Houston.

load more...
Back to top