September 21, 2012 Emotions are still raw in Wisconsin after the bitter fight over public unions and the unsuccessful vote to recall Gov. Scott Walker. As the presidential election approaches, many people are deeply pained by the divide between political extremes, and wishing they felt better about this race.
September 20, 2012 Former four-term GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson is facing off against seven-term Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin for an open Senate seat. With recent polls showing a Baldwin surge, one pollster says his state seems to be in the midst of an identity crisis.
July 10, 2012 A few months ago, six old brick buildings in the nation's capital were picked up and moved. Literally. Five of them will return as parts of a sleek new office building, re-creating the old streetscape while also transforming it. The massive project raises a question: What's important to keep in a city, and what should just be replaced?
June 20, 2012 California's budget crisis is creating a new class of private philanthropists who are stepping up to keep state parks open to the public. Henry Coe State Park, the state's second-largest, was recently saved by a large donation from a Silicon Valley engineer. Will California ever return to fully funding its state parks?
March 14, 2012 In a new book, historian Harold Holzer explores the carefully calibrated timing and delivery of Lincoln's ultimatum to the rebellious states. Though the proclamation has been criticized as weak, Holzer says that Lincoln did what he had to do to make the order palatable in a perilous time.
November 15, 2011 The retired NASA astronaut, who has written the new book Gabby: A Story Of Courage and Hope, goes into detail about his wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery since she was shot in the head on Jan. 8. His constant refrain is that she's "improving all of the time."
October 14, 2011 One of the earliest primary states is South Carolina, which holds its primary on Jan 21. South Carolina is a Republican stronghold — with a strongly conservative voting base. A sample of Republican voters tell NPR they favor Herman Cain — and they especially like his 9-9-9 plan.
October 13, 2011 At 11.1 percent, South Carolina is tied for the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country. Its small, conservative town of Spartanburg was hit hard in the past few years when the textile industry moved overseas. Now residents are seeking ways to make ends meet — from going to the food bank to getting their GEDs.
September 13, 2011 Film critic Roger Ebert is famous for arguing about movies on TV with Gene Siskel. Now that cancer surgeries have left him without the ability to speak, Ebert has found a new voice online. Melissa Block visits him at his Chicago home to talk about his memoir, Life Itself.