Excavation at the Sant'Omobono site in central Rome has provided evidence of early Romans' efforts to transform the landscape of their city. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Sylvia Poggioli/NPR

Europe

Archaeologists Unearth What May Be Oldest Roman Temple

The site in central Rome has also yielded evidence of how actively the early Romans intervened to shape their urban environment. But the excavation has been particularly challenging because the temple lies below the water table.

Seattle Seahawks fans, perhaps in a moment of reflection, before the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 19. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

toggle caption Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Sweetness And Light

America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger

In the lead-up to the Super Bowl, commentator Frank Deford explores why football's popularity seems to grow and grow, like a fungus. Unlike other sports that are played with high frequency, he says, fans work up an anticipation for their team's once-a-week game.

Graduate student Jennifer Klunk of McMaster University examines a tooth used to decode the genome of the ancient plague. Courtesy of McMaster University hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of McMaster University

Shots - Health News

Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

When you hear the words bubonic plague, Black Death usually comes to mind. But the first plague pandemic happened 800 years earlier, when the Justinian plague wiped out nearly a quarter of the world's population. Scientists have decoded the bacteria responsible, which have roots in China.

Blue Over Gold Linda Oh
Polyphonic HMI Linda Oh

Farmer Steve Henry of Arapahoe, Neb., looks at a patch of corn that failed due to drought last September. The new farm bill would expand crop insurance for farmers. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

toggle caption Nati Harnik/AP

Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/268102091/268102092" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Where's My Bow? Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan et. al.
Attaboy Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan et. al.
A Little Ticker Tape Never Hurt Anybody Kinski
Long Term Exit Strategy Kinski

Graduate student Jennifer Klunk of McMaster University examines a tooth used to decode the genome of the ancient plague. Courtesy of McMaster University hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of McMaster University

Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/267598868/268102168" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Mango Di Bango Tosca
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Mango Di Bango
Album
Dehli9
Artist
Tosca

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Dave Dudley Tosca
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Dave Dudley
Album
Dehli9
Artist
Tosca

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in G major [Perpetuum Mobile: Allegro] Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in G major [Perpetuum Mobile: Allegro]
Album
French Impressions
Artist
Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Mozart: 1. Allegro aperto - 1. Allegro aperto Joshua Bell

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov hide caption

toggle caption Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov

Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/267939585/268102174" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Non Linear Alex Snydman
Cross-Fade Alex Snydman

Diners at Lonnie's Roadhouse Cafe eat breakfast before heading to work in Williston, N.D. Annie Flanagan for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Annie Flanagan for NPR

On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/264912750/268102180" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
West Wing-Main Title [*] W.G. Snuffy Walden
West Wing Suite [*] W.G. Snuffy Walden

Security personnel sit in the back of a truck outside the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Security concerns are one reason why many U.S. fans and family are not going to this year's games. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

toggle caption David J. Phillip/AP

Too Far, Too Complicated: Why Some Families Will Sit Out Sochi

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/267766668/268102186" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Passing By Ulrich Schnauss
October Rush Union

Excavation at the Sant'Omobono site in central Rome has provided evidence of early Romans' efforts to transform the landscape of their city. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Sylvia Poggioli/NPR

Archaeologists Unearth What May Be Oldest Roman Temple

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/267819402/268102192" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Concerto, RV 105 g-moll/G minor

Seattle Seahawks fans, perhaps in a moment of reflection, before the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 19. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

toggle caption Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/267757090/268102198" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Rat City
Pigfoot Ray Marchica