August 18, 2008 China now leads in the gold medal count with almost 40. Just 20 years ago, it won only five. New government programs and a focus on sports like weightlifting, judo, wrestling and others have catapulted the nation to the top.
August 12, 2008 As U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps continues to dominate in the pool in Beijing, he is facing increasing pressure — and pestering by reporters — about his quest for eight gold medals.
August 8, 2008 Amid pollution, protests and impressive pomp and circumstance, the opening ceremony kicked off the Beijing Olympics Friday. More than 90,000 visitors were in attendance.
August 5, 2008 The world will turn its attention to the Olympic Games and China on Friday with the spectacle of the opening ceremony in Beijing. Here are 10 things to watch for during the games.
January 30, 2008 The Federal Reserve's decision on Tuesday to cut a key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point comes as fears of a recession grow. Here's a look at what the move means for consumers — and what else to look out for amid the economic turmoil.
November 21, 2007 College football is a game of regional rivalries, tradition and remarkable fan loyalty. All of which is evident in extreme form in the Southeastern Conference. Here, a primer on the conference and its culture.
November 20, 2007 As the SEC celebrates its 75th anniversary, NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman and Sports Editor Uri Berliner hit the road for a tour of the devotion, excess and excellence on display ahead of the traditional rivalry game between LSU and Ole Miss.
August 8, 2007 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds has surpassed the all-time home-run record set by Hank Aaron more than 30 years ago. Still, as Bonds batted the record out of the park, suspicions of steroid use continued to cloud claims of his greatness.
February 5, 2007 An America where some have more than others is nothing new. But in the past generation, the financial gap between the rich and everyone else has grown ever wider. In a seven-part series, NPR explores the human face of income inequality.
November 28, 2006 The National Association of Realtors released the data on sales of existing homes in October Tuesday. They were up a bit, half a percent, the first increase in eight months. But why is that number important?
October 17, 2006 My favorite summer job when I was in college was working as a Good Humor ice cream man. I lived in New York City, where ice cream was sold from a pushcart rather than a truck. Every day I'd go to the Good Humor headquarters on the Lower East Side and fill up my cart with an assortment of Toasted Almonds, Chocolate Eclairs and Strawberry Shortcake. To say it was a picaresque neighborhood would be putting it mildly. The Hell's Angels motorcycle gang had their Manhattan home on the very same street. So from time to time, a few really enormous guys in cut off leather jackets would wander in for a frosty summer treat. Or two. Or more. Naturally, I was always very happy to oblige. Then I'd wheel out my cart through the streets of Manhattan to an assigned corner where I'd hawk ice cream for the day. I was reminded of all this today when I read a story about Good Humor's deal with pet food producer Pedigree. Together, they're going to make — no joke — ice cream sandwiches for dogs. I wonder what the Hell's Angels would say.
October 17, 2006 Google announced with much fanfare today that it is converting part of its "Googleplex" headquarters in Silicon Valley to solar power. By next spring, some 9,200 solar panels are expected to produce enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. "We hope corporate America is paying attention. We want to see a lot of copycats" of this project, said David Radcliffe, Google's vice president of real estate. Bully for Google, but don't forget that big Internet and computing companies like Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft are voracious consumers of electricity. For example, they all have vast air-conditioned complexes called server farms where tens of thousands of powerful computers do what it takes so we can surf the Web...
October 17, 2006 Information is the lifeblood of the news business. Information about politicians or corporations, whatever the subject, whether flattering or damning, confidential or easily accessible — it's what journalists need to do their daily work. So in most cases, news organizations can be relied upon to make information public. But now the taxpayer-financed British Broadcasting Corporation is in a fight to block the release of a report on its coverage of the Middle East...
October 17, 2006 This just in: Actor Wesley Snipes has been indicted on tax fraud charges. The government is accusing him of falsely claiming refunds of nearly $12 million in 1996 and 1997. According to the indictment, he also failed to file tax returns in six other years. Federal prosecutors say Snipes used an accounting firm called American Rights Litigators that had a history of filing false returns for clients.