NPR - Breaking News, Analysis, Music, Arts & Podcasts Top stories in the U.S. and world news, politics, health, science, business, music, arts and culture. Nonprofit journalism with a mission. This is NPR.

Demonstrators marched during a protest against Asian hate on Times Square in New York, in March, after a troubling spike in violence against the Asian American community during the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Nagle/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Nagle/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

With racial attacks on the rise, Asian Americans fear for their safety

One in four Asian Americans fear they may be attacked because of their race or ethnicity, according to a new NPR poll. Native Americans and Blacks also fear the rise in racially-motivated violence.

With racial attacks on the rise, Asian Americans fear for their safety

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1045746655/1045746656" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

This undated photo provided by ElephantVoices in October 2021 shows some of the tuskless elephants in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability. ElephantVoices via AP hide caption

toggle caption
ElephantVoices via AP

Elephants have evolved to be tuskless because of ivory poaching, a study finds

Researchers have pinpointed how years of civil war and poaching in Mozambique have led to a greater proportion of elephants that will never develop tusks.

Karen Watkins is vice chair of the school board of Gwinnett County, a suburban county north of Atlanta. She is surprised that she has become a target for a political culture war. "I just didn't realize that it would impact the local school board," Watkins says. "Our main focus is towards student achievement and ensuring that we are producing children that are thriving." Johnathon Kelso for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Johnathon Kelso for NPR

What it's like to be on the front lines of the school board culture war

Karen Watkins ran for her local school board because she wanted to be involved in her children's education. Since her election in 2020, she's been yelled at, threatened and followed to her car.

What it's like to be on the front lines of the school board culture war

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1047334766/1048130321" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has expressed opposition to increases in corporate tax rates, one of the key ways Democrats want to pay for their domestic policy bill. Democrats are looking at alternatives. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Pool/Getty Images

Here's what we know is in the scaled back Biden budget bill — and what got cut

Arizona Sen. Sinema's opposition to increasing taxes on corporations forced Democrats to rework how they pay for their spending bill. But negotiators have come up with an alternative they agree on.

A coal hauling truck with 240 tons of coal drives to the surface at the Buckskin Coal Mine in Gillette, Wyo., May 5, 2004. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

U.S. coal production is up sharply after hitting a 50-year low last year

Yellowstone Public Radio

As the Biden administration prepares to negotiate reductions in fossil fuel use at the Glasgow climate summit at the end of the month, U.S. coal production is actually up significantly this year.

U.S. coal production is up sharply after hitting a 50-year low last year

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1048108267/1048289088" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Pharmacist LaChandra McGowan prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic operated by DePaul Community Health in New Orleans in August. Soon children ages 5 to 11 could be eligible for Pfizer shots. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine appears more than 90% effective in kids 5 to 11

The companies studied a 10 microgram vaccine dose in children 5 to 11, a third of the dose used for adults, to minimize side effects and because it still prompts a strong immune response.

Children joining the bicibus in the Eixample district of Barcelona make their way to school on a recent Friday morning. The community is hoping to build a school-friendly bike lane for a safer commute for kids. Mireia Boix/Bicibuseixample hide caption

toggle caption
Mireia Boix/Bicibuseixample

Hundreds of kids and their families are riding a bicycle bus to school in Barcelona

The bicibus, or bike bus, started with five families and has grown to an event that happens every Friday. It's an effort to promote bike safety and encourage environmentally friendly transportation.

Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams speaks during an Oct. 17 rally in Norfolk supporting Terry McAuliffe in his bid to reclaim the Virginia's governor's office. To try and drum up enthusiasm, Democrats have brought in some of their biggest names. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The Democratic coalition will be tested in the Virginia governor's race

Virginia has trended Democratic as it's gotten more diverse. But this year's race for governor seems set to be close. That's in large part because Democrats are fighting apathy among their base.

A helicopter hovers over a remote area northeast of the town of Mariposa, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 18. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office, the area is reported to be where a family and their dog were found dead. Craig Kohlruss/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Craig Kohlruss/AP

Heat stress likely caused the deaths of a California family while they were hiking

The case of the family found dead on a hiking trail in August had perplexed investigators and the public. On Thursday, Sheriff-Coroner Jeremy Briese confirmed the cause of death.

Frances Haugen; Janneke Parish; Chelsey Glasson Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Janneke Parish; Chelsey Glasson hide caption

toggle caption
Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Janneke Parish; Chelsey Glasson

Tech workers recount the cost of speaking out, as tensions rise inside companies

More and more tech workers are publicly criticizing their companies. But those who have spoken out say it's taken a toll on their careers, friendships and mental health.

Tech workers recount the cost of speaking out, as tensions rise inside companies

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1048038154/1048130334" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In this photo illustration, a container of Johnson's baby powder sits on a table in 2019. Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of 33,000 bottles of the baby powder after federal regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in the product. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson is using a bankruptcy maneuver to block lawsuits over baby powder cancer claims

Johnson & Johnson spun off liabilities — including roughly 38,000 lawsuits — linked to claims of asbestos contamination in its baby powder to a new firm, which then declared bankruptcy.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30. The Fed announced new restrictions on investments by senior officials after being rocked by a controversy involving trading by two regional Fed bank presidents last year. Sarah Silbiger/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Sarah Silbiger/Pool/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve imposes new restrictions on investments after a trading controversy

The Federal Reserve is adopting new restrictions on investments after active trading last year by two regional Fed bank presidents drew criticism.

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch his own social networking platform called TRUTH Social, which is expected to begin its beta launch for "invited guests" next month. Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

What we know so far about Trump's planned social media platform

Former President Donald Trump has announced his intent to launch a long-anticipated social platform called TRUTH Social, with the goal of creating a space to "stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech."

Expanded funds for in-home care can help seniors and disabled Americans stay in their homes. Here, Lidia Vilorio, a home health aide, gives her patient Martina Negron her medicine and crackers for her tea in May in Haverstraw, N.Y. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New federal funds spur expansion of home care services for the elderly and disabled

These services can make the difference between being able to live at home with family or landing in a nursing facility. But state Medicaid programs don't always pay for them.

In this July 13, 1997 file photo Lorli von Trapp Campbell attends a mass honoring her father, in Stowe, Vt. A funeral home confirmed Lorli von Trapp Campbell died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Northfield, Vt. Craig Line/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Craig Line/AP

Lorli von Trapp Campbell from the 'Sound of Music' family has died at age 90

Campbell was born in Austria, the second daughter of Georg and Maria von Trapp and a younger stepsibling to the older von Trapp children who went on to be depicted in the musical and beloved movie.

WATCH

MORE VIDEOS

TDC video carousel

New and exclusive videos from the popular concert series.

more from