Elinor Ostrom in January 2011.
Raveendran /AFP/Getty Images
June 12, 2012 Her work on commonly managed property was honored. In 2009, she told NPR about how as a young woman she wasn't allowed to study trigonometry because it was thought she would be "barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen." She died today. Ostrom was 78.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/154839640/113732140" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
"I'm 101 at the moment," Ronald Coase said.
University of Chicago
May 8, 2012 "I'm 101 at the moment," Ronald Coase told me. "I get older by the minute."
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/152197483/152286114" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
The 5,000 krona note, featuring Ragnheiaur Jonsdottir
April 13, 2012 Does it make sense for a country the size of Staten Island to have its own currency? Iceland wants to know.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/150586792/150589845" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Left to right: Nobel Peace Prize laureates President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.
October 7, 2011 Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Yemeni protest leader Tawakkul Karman are being honored.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/141139372/141147330" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Poet and Nobel laureate Tomas Transtromer at his home in Stockholm in March.
October 6, 2011 His work "gives us fresh access to reality," the Nobel committee says. The surrealist poet has also spent a career as a psychiatrist working with institutionalized children.
Remnants of Tycho's Supernova, seen in an X-ray/infrared composite image. The supernova was observed by Tycho Brahe and other skywatchers in 1572.
October 4, 2011 Nobody expected the result. Nobody knew what to do with it. It came as a complete surprise. It sent cosmologists back to their blackboards, rethinking the structure of the universe and its history. Now the work has earned a Nobel Prize.
Dr. Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller University speaks during a news conference in April 2009. He died on Friday. Today, he was honored with a Nobel Prize.
October 3, 2011 The prizes aren't normally given posthumously. But the committee didn't know that scientist Ralph Steinman had passed away.
Local residents collect oil from the burning oil depot after gunmen attacked NATO tankers in Quetta on October 6, 2010.
October 6, 2010 Nobel Chemistry prize winner; NATO tanker trucks burned; Yemeni attacks;
Human embryos developing in vitro.
October 4, 2010 Nobel Medicine Prize; Supreme Court opens; tankers attacked in Pakistan; Verizon Wireless to offer some refunds
Nobel Prize Medals.
Ole Christiansen/Norsk Press Service
October 1, 2010 Remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole drench east coast; insurgents attack tanker trucks in Pakistan; Nobel Prize laureates to be announced next week.
October 6, 2008 Nobel official Horace Engdahl made it clear he does not think much of American literature.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/95436668/126933306" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
October 16, 2007 Do you think Former Vice President Al Gore deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/15325642/15328518" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
October 16, 2007 On today's show, genetic testing, Al Gore and the Peace Prize debate, Thomas Paine, abstract art prodigies, and your letters.
October 11, 2007 This year's Nobel Prize in literature goes to Doris Lessing...
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor