December 8, 2008 Economic myth-mongering obscures important shifts occurring in the global economy, in which the U.S. and China are playing leading roles. One Beijing University professor warns that, in fact, we may be on the verge of a powerful backlash against globalization and free trade.
November 26, 2008 The poor economy is changing how families shop for essentials, like clothes. Instead of spending money on name-brand outfits, many consumers have made thrift stores their new fashion outlets. A writer and stay-at-home dad calls the trend Recession Wear.
November 7, 2008 At the Job Center in Dayton, Ohio, the largest center of its kind in the country, the out-of-work ponder their next possibilities. With the GM plant in town laying off workers and soon closing for good, many residents face a rough transition into a new career after decades on the job.
October 28, 2008 For the vast majority of conservative media and Republicans in general, there is no question that Sarah Palin has been treated unfairly by the mainstream media. But conservative columnists and politicians have also abandoned her, and that cannot be explained away the same way.
October 24, 2008 Michele Norris says this election year has dredged up some very strange and potent emotions for her. It's stirred up old memories of racial tensions during her childhood in Birmingham, Ala.
October 24, 2008 To probe deeper into race and its impact on the 2008 election, Michele Norris and Steve Inskeep are interviewing 15 voters from York, Pa. Inskeep has found that blacks seem to speak more comfortably about race than whites. He asks: "Whether we are white or black, do we really know ourselves?"
October 17, 2008 Whether you're rooting for a football team or a political party, it seems almost impossible to believe that sometimes, disastrous events — a fumble, a major economic crisis — occur that are completely outside the control of the coach or candidate but end up determining the outcome.
October 11, 2008 In 1938, Nicholas Winton was set to go on a ski vacation when a friend called and asked him to help Jewish children flee the Nazis. The young stockbroker saved 660 children, including the mother and aunts of NPR reporter Kim Masters. Masters visits the 99-year-old Winton, who offers a lesson on memory.
October 2, 2008 The University of Illinois forbids its employees from wearing political buttons or putting partisan bumper stickers on their cars. One professor laments that losing the button isn't so problematic as the chilling effect the rule could have on debate in the classroom.
September 11, 2008 In this election season, the media has explored the role of race in politics. In a series of discussions, Michele Norris and Steve Inskeep are interviewing 13 people from York, Pa., about their views. Norris describes the difficulties of delving into an often uncomfortable subject.
September 8, 2008 This campaigns is a lot like a movie, says Alex Chadwick. But it's no Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Chadwick compares the presidential and vice presidential candidates to the stars of Field of Dreams and Alien, full of adventure, drama, gunslingers and moose-loving mavericks.