April 10, 2011 For much of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year dictatorship, few Western tourists traveled around Libya. And now, amid the ongoing conflict between Gadhafi's forces and rebels, there are almost none. But one intrepid backpacker from Germany is defying the statistics. NPR's Eric Westervelt found him in eastern Libya this past week.
April 4, 2011 NPR foreign desk producer Jonathan Blakley discusses what it's like to be a journalist working in Tripoli — at the whim of the Libyan government.
March 27, 2011 Moammar Gadhafi's regime is using all its weapons — guns, tanks and propaganda — to prevent a nationwide movement for change. But there are signs Gadhafi's grip on the capital could be loosening. NPR's David Greene has spent the past month covering the conflict. As he prepares to leave Libya, he has a few reflections.
March 16, 2011 NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro saw the rebels' mood change dramatically during the three weeks she spent reporting on the revolt against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. As Gadhafi's forces gain ground every day, the rebels' bravado has faded to fears of abandonment.
December 30, 2010 A neighborhood just across the border from Nogales, Ariz., is so transformed by illegal immigration that it's unrecognizable. Gone are the restaurants and shops that NPR's Claudio Sanchez remembers from his childhood. As he revisits after years away, he finds heavily armed soldiers and police cruisers on the once-quaint main drag.
December 7, 2010 Bill Thompson, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, visited Melissa Block's urban backyard in Washington, D.C., for a bird-feeding makeover. He offers tips to attract more birds — from cleaning the bird feeder to ditching the lawn-care company and putting out high-fat bird food.
November 29, 2010 The 4 million barrels of oil from the BP spill didn't vanish, and there's growing evidence that a good portion of it sank to the sea floor. Aboard a deep-sea submarine, NPR's Richard Harris spotted some of the oil and sea life near the site of the blown-out well head.
November 23, 2010 Wade Goodwyn reflects on an interview with two brothers on the sidewalk behind their former high school in Clarksville, Texas, and the lasting legacy of racial tension in East Texas.
October 26, 2010 Ra Ubasti makes fangs in a little room in the back of a Halloween costume shop in New York City. In this year of vampire obsession, that could mean a six-fang set, like those you see in an Interview with the Vampire. Ubasti came into NPR's studios to outfit Margot Adler with canine fangs in time for Halloween.
September 24, 2010 For decades the Soviet Union recruited African students to study at its universities. But there are very few blacks in Russia today, and racism is prevalent. Jean Gregoire Sagbo, the country's first black elected official, says his responsibility is not to fail: "I want them to see that it doesn't matter what race you are."
September 8, 2010 Late last month, the 15 students who comprise Zaytuna College's inaugural class settled in to their first day in a classroom near the University of California, Berkeley. For these students, this is a chance to study with top Islamic scholars. For the school's founders, it's a chance to hone a new image for American Islam.
August 30, 2010 In the 1980s, Katherine Hamilton was a track star with big dreams. A heptathlete attending college on a full-ride athletic scholarship, she was training hard without steroids but "watching everybody else go forward, year after year after year." As performance-enhancing drugs took over her sport, she decided to sign away her scholarship and leave school.