Korean Central News Agency photo released on Jan. 18, 2009, showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il posing with soldiers.
December 19, 2011 Kim Jong Il succeeded his father and ruled the secretive nation for 17 years. It was a period that included repeated friction with the international community over North Korea's nuclear weapons program and a devastating famine in the late 1990s that may have been responsible for upwards of 2 million deaths.
December 17, 2011 After 6,000 miles, NPR Correspondent David Greene crosses into Asia as Russia experiences political unrest.
December 16, 2011 Over the years, Christopher Hitchens took on most of the leading figures of his time. And at times, it seemed no one was immune from his acerbic aim — not Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, not Bill Clinton, not even Mother Teresa. Here are a few of Hitchens' high-profile targets, and what he said about them on NPR and in other arenas.
December 15, 2011 A new poll from NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation shows who the long-term unemployed and underemployed are, the extent of the problems they face, and whom they blame for their economic situation. Below, answer some questions and see how your results compare with those of participants in the NPR/Kaiser poll.
December 12, 2011 See highlights of a Kaiser Family Foundation/NPR survey on the effects of long-term joblessness.
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Instant potatoes in a to-go cup are standard fare on the Trans-Siberian railway. Yum!
December 11, 2011 Producer Laura Krantz experiences the abundance of potatoes in Russian cuisine along her trip on the Trans-Siberian railway.
A woman is bundled up by the tracks of the Trans-Siberian railway.
December 10, 2011 It's tempting to dismiss Siberia's cold temperatures as a Russian cliché. NPR Correspondent David Greene learns that Siberia is serious when it comes to cold.
December 10, 2011 Right now, 10 countries — including the U.S., China and Russia — are responsible for 80 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. The United States is the world's second largest emitter (China ranks no. 1), sending around 5.8 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere a year. That's the equivalent to a year's worth of greenhouse gas emissions from 1.1 billion average passenger vehicles.
The hot water boiler on the Trans-Siberian Railway is a social gathering place, as well as a convenient way to prepare tea, coffee, oatmeal or instant meals.
December 9, 2011 Passengers on the Trans-Siberian Railway gather to make tea, coffee, oatmeal, soup, pasta or anything instant whose preparation demands hot water.
This 1964 Andy Warhol lithograph entitled "Liz" is signed by the artist. It reads, "To Elizabeth with much love" in felt-tip pen.
December 3, 2011 After a world tour, Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry, clothing and memorabilia is on view in New York City. After 10 days on display, some 2,000 objects from the film star's life will be up for auction, both at Christie's and online.
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November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving has all the makings of a uniquely American tradition: parades, football, pumpkin pie, roasted turkey. But for Americans living in other countries, observing the traditional way can be a challenge.
November 10, 2011 After residents of Tonawanda became sick, they rallied to fight high levels of hazardous chemicals emitting from a dilapidated plant. In doing so, they revealed weaknesses in the way the EPA regulates air pollution.
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A screenshot of Piskorskiville. Five percent of Zynga's 200 million monthly users buy "virtual goods" to get ahead in the game or beautify their city.
Courtesy of Misiek Piskorski
November 6, 2011 Zynga is a company that makes money by selling nothing. Or, to be precise, by selling imaginary things — like tractors that plow farms on Facebook. Zynga is America's first "virtual goods" company to file for an initial public offering, but how real is the company's value?
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November 3, 2011 A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds wide gaps in how different generations view politics. Older voters are more conservative and less hopeful about the future of the country. Younger voters lean left and believe the nation's best days are yet to come. But they are less engaged.
November 2, 2011 To sustain themselves, many nations adopt policies to raise, lower, or maintain their population levels. And while a country's gross domestic product can often help predict its stance, that's not always the case.
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