NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture. Subscribe to podcasts and RSS feeds.

Latest Newscast

The redesigned U.S. $100 bills that went into circulation in 2013 incorporate technology that features several visual illusions, all designed to foil counterfeiters. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Like Magic: The Tech That Goes Into Making Money Harder To Fake

Imagine the Founding Fathers walking across the bills in your wallet. Like something out of Harry Potter, increasingly complex animation technology is being developed for use in paper currency.

Like Magic: The Tech That Goes Into Making Money Harder To Fake

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/559092168/559618481" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Demonstrators in Miami stand with tape reading, " I Can't Breathe," in 2014. The protest occurred after a grand jury in New York City declined to indict the police officers involved Eric Garner's death. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

Fresh Air

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi.

Water rises in the Houston Ship Channel on Aug. 27. Some of the largest oil refineries in the world line the channel, which connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images

Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of Houston. Scientists are now trying to identify contaminants spread by the storm, including those in mud at the bottom of the Houston Ship Channel.

Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/558334923/559454609" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Screening for Type 2 diabetes involves a blood test, and if results are concerning a second test is recommended. ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Getty Images

Screening For Diabetes Is Working Better Than Thought

The CDC says 7 million people have Type 2 diabetes and don't know it. But a new analysis says that number's much lower. Screening efforts should focus on people at highest risk, the researchers say.

Retired Army Capt. Gary "Mike" Rose, who served as an Army special forces medic during the Vietnam War, talks to reporters at the Pentagon last week. Monday, Rose received the Medal of Honor. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Medal Of Honor Awarded To Army Medic For Covert Operation During Vietnam War

Army Capt. Gary Rose is credited with saving the lives of dozens of soldiers during a dayslong operation in Laos as he ran into enemy fire to save the wounded. The mission was classified for decades.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (center) is escorted to the Ft. Bragg military courthouse after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy on Oct. 16 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

Trump's Comments Under Consideration During Bowe Bergdahl Sentencing Hearing

The Army judge posed the question of whether Bergdahl could receive a fair trial after the president made comments about the sergeant, including repeatedly calling him a traitor.

NBC's "The Good Place" cast during the Aug. 2, 2016. press appearance (left to right): William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson, D'Arcy Carden, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto. NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The Good Psychology In 'The Good Place'

Despite skepticism at the outset, for a light and amusing TV sitcom "The Good Place" does a pretty good job with philosophy — and a pretty good job with human psychology, too, says Tania Lombrozo.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off the plane as he arrives in Qatar after returning from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday. Tillerson paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan to meet with President Ashraf Ghani and other officials. Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images

Tillerson Affirms Afghanistan Commitments In Unannounced Visit

In remarks delivered landing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson invited "moderate voices" within the Taliban to renounce violence. He also called on Pakistan to stop providing safe haven to terrorists.

The latest homeless count showed a 64 percent increase in the number of 18- to 24-year-olds on the streets over last year. Authorities are better at counting them but the problem is also getting worse. Anna Scott/KCRW hide caption

toggle caption
Anna Scott/KCRW

'Nowhere To Sleep': Los Angeles Sees Increase In Young Homeless

KCRW

The latest count showed a 64 percent increase in the number of 18- to 24-year-olds on the streets. Authorities are better at counting them, but more foster kids are also aging out of the system.

Origin, by Dan Brown hide caption

toggle caption

Dan Brown Pits Creationism Against Science In His Latest Novel, 'Origin'

Brown has long considered questions about science and faith, leavened with plenty of adventure, of course. In his new novel, he asks whether faith in God (or gods) can survive the advance of science.

Dan Brown Pits Creationism Against Science In His Latest Novel, 'Origin'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/559403076/559403077" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

The Gold Star father who made headlines last year after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention has a new memoir, An American Family, about growing up in Pakistan and coming to America.

Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/559073306/559454615" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript