July 19, 2006 Trailer life in Mississippi is full of surprises. Without guards, people are living in a lawless land. Families trying to rebuild come into contact with those on a path of self-destruction, such as drug addicts and dealers.
July 18, 2006 Some pundits have said President Bush is coming around to giving diplomacy a chance. But Bush's unguarded comments to British PM Tony Blair -- caught by a microphone at a G-8 luncheon -- suggest we shouldn't expect a different style or a vastly different way of thinking from the president.
July 13, 2006 What do you when the Pentagon refuses to comment on a feel-good campaign to support the troops? Reporter Martin Kaste says you use the extra time to dig a little deeper -- and discover that the program's less-than-stellar results may be making PR reps less-than-eager to chat.
July 11, 2006 Bukavu was once a Congolese tourist capital, offering beautiful vistas of lush green hills. Now the town is home to crumbling, abandoned brick buildings and beat-up roads. But as the July 30 elections approach, there is a feeling that life may soon improve.
July 7, 2006 Much of New Orleans is still a heart-wrenching mess, but what's surprising is the number of areas in the city that have recovered. The locals are back playing dominoes on Magazine Street and listening to jazz in Marigny. The French Quarter is in fine shape too, but a lack of tourists is hurting businesses.
July 3, 2006 This is the first space shuttle launch I have ever covered. And it turns out that the trip to Kennedy Space Center isn't anything like I expected. In a world of contrasts, a horde of reporters rush past surf shops and ice cream stands to hear intricate analysis of the weather.
May 26, 2006 Democrat Don Siegelman, on trial for racketeering in Montgomery, Ala., seems undaunted as heads out to campaign on a bus once used by President George H. Walker Bush, Bob Dole and John Kerry. He's headed into Republican territory, on a mission to win his old job back.
May 17, 2006 Rural China is undergoing dramatic change, as the cities encroach on farmland and farmers flock to the cities. Meanwhile, income gaps widen between the countryside and cities. Louisa Lim offers her observations on life for rural Chinese today.
May 12, 2006 In a personal journal, Steve Inskeep -- who spent time in Iraq in 2003 -- reflects on conditions today. He finds the nation, its people and his own opinions changed after three years of bloody conflict, even as hope for positive change remains.
May 10, 2006 The most remarkable thing about reporting a story on a divided Filipino family is how unremarkable it is in the Philippines. As the Lobo family told me over dinner in Sacramento, human labor is pretty much the country's main export, an economic crutch it has come to rely on despite the hardships this mass migration imposes on its citizens.
April 28, 2006 At Fort Stewart in Georgia, a tree-lined field known as Warriors' Walk stands as a memorial to the fallen. Nearly 300 red buds have been planted along the road, each representing a soldier from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division who has died in Iraq since 2003.
April 26, 2006 Melissa Block shares the view from her seat at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Asbury Park, N.J., ahead of a tour to support his new album, We Shall Overcome.
April 24, 2006 The sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui has been marked by the strange and mischievous behavior of a defendant who appears to embrace the role of villain. NPR's Larry Abramson, who's been covering the trial, reflects on Moussaoui's courtroom antics.
April 19, 2006 This summer, a 1,000-mile pipeline is expected to begin pumping oil from Azerbaijan's Caspian Sea coast, through neighboring Georgia, to a Turkish port on the Mediterranean Sea. Ivan Watson travels the length of the pipeline and reports on the people and places along the way.
April 14, 2006 Among those helping to rebuild New Orleans is a small army of illegal immigrant workers from Brazil. Their journeys to America often involve the perils not just of crossing the Rio Grande, but of financing the trip by turning to loan-sharks back home.
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