August 8, 2008 Reporter Carrie Kahn grew up thinking that her Jewish grandfather, Sam Balter, had proudly marched before Hitler in 1936 as part of the first-ever Olympic basketball team. Though his gold medal is real, the truth, she'd learn, was slightly different.
August 7, 2008 Here's the irony of the popular online social network Facebook: nothing makes critic Andrew Wallenstein feel more antisocial. Since joining earlier this year, he's found himself consistently confused by random people asking to be his "friend." Even when he denies them, they try again.
July 25, 2008 Robert Siegel looks at his own neighborhood in Arlington County, Va., to figure out why what you can put into the recycling bin is different depending on where you live. While most counties have different rules, one expert says the best policy is one that gets you to recycle as much as possible.
July 23, 2008 Becoming a "good foreigner" in Germany means not only speaking the language but also fully assimilating into German culture, some say. Some foreigners don't mind this while others are hesitant to completely give up traditions from home.
July 16, 2008 Shivani Dogra was overwhelmed by the squalor, stench and crowds of Mumbai when she first moved to the Indian city for work in 2003. But she eventually came to appreciate the vibrancy, and the possibilities, which now make her love Mumbai.
June 1, 2008 Karachi, Pakistan, a city of about 15 million, is a series of contradictions. As many as half its residents live in squatter homes made of concrete blocks even as foreign firms pour big money into luxury waterfront developments.
May 6, 2008 Just over a year ago, Lt. Douglas McGregor and NPR's Jamie Tarabay shared a brush with death in the Iraqi province of Diyala. The two recently reconnected in Texas to reflect on an IED explosion that rocked their Humvee and on life since the blast.