November 10, 2012 For 10 years, journalist Yang Jinsheng secretly collected official evidence about the terrible famine in China a half-century ago. In his chilling book Tombstone — which is banned in his homeland — Yang estimates that 36 million people died of starvation and other causes during the famine, even as grain exports continued.
November 9, 2012 Yes, the gingerbread house is still here, and so are magic winter strawberries. But this is a world where young women and small children are delicacies, too. They're fattened for roasting, sliced up for serving, and cut up into stew.
November 2, 2012 The Danish tradition of releasing the Christmas beer on the first Friday in November started with a beloved TV commercial from 1980 for a straight-laced 140 year-old brewing company, and now it's practically a national holiday.
November 2, 2012 Alabama voters decide Tuesday on a measure that would remove Jim Crow-era language from the state constitution. Republican leaders say the language is an embarrassment that deters jobs and investment. But Alabama's black leaders are against the fix, arguing it's a trick to undermine public school funding.
October 31, 2012 Sixty years ago, computers were used for the first time to predict the outcome of a presidential race. CBS used the UNIVAC, one of the first commercial computers, on loan. The prediction was spot on, but a decade passed before the computer's potential was finally realized on election night.
October 28, 2012 An ongoing exhibition at the National Museum of African Art asks visitors to consider the connections between art and science — and the ways both disciplines help us explore the why, when and how of our existence. Artifacts in the exhibition show that we've been wondering about the stars for millennia.
October 28, 2012 NPR's Jacki Lyden grew up with the Bark River in her backyard. She left the Wisconsin waterway unexplored, until recently. Floating down the river in a canoe with a historian, Lyden discovered a story that stretches from the Ice Age and the Black Hawk War to churning 19th-century mills.