David Schaper David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

With Senate Control At Stake, Key Wis. Race Tightens

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161934807/161891216" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

NFL Ref Lockout Brings Union Fights Back To Wis.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161836821/161836810" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'60 Minutes' Airs Obama, Romney Interviews

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161665005/161669983" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Bernie Madoff Of The Midwest' To Plead Guilty

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161253859/161256800" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Drought Extends Reach, Some Farmers Ready To Quit

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/159902748/159902779" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Scorched pastures are spreading across central Illinois and the rest of the Midwest. Technology and techniques developed from previous droughts like the Dust Bowl are helping to save some of today's crops, but there's no substitute for water. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Scott Olson/Getty Images

This Drought's No Dry Run: Lessons Of The Dust Bowl

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/158119458/158127337" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Caterpillar Inc. Strike Continues Amid Record Profits

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/157400864/157400847" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Secrecy Surrounds Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Illness

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/156595346/156595375" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Striking workers picket outside a Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Ill. The work stoppage is now entering its third month. Joseph P. Meier/Sun-Times Media Photo hide caption

toggle caption
Joseph P. Meier/Sun-Times Media Photo

As Strikes Wane, Caterpillar Workers Hold The Line

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/156136360/156145160" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Conservative Confab Rallies Behind Wisconsin Victory

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/154639545/154639528" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (center) is greeted by his Cabinet and staff Wednesday at the state Capitol in Madison, a day after defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election. Andy Manis/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Andy Manis/AP

Walker Moves Forward As The Right's Newest 'Hero'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/154443420/154456798" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Wisconsinites 'Reach Out' To Heal Partisan Divide

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/154305938/154305929" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Enthusiasm To Recall Wis. Governor May Be Waning

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/154234723/154234710" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gubernatorial Recall Election Polarizes Wis. Voters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/154121911/154121892" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald speaks to reporters during a news conference Thursday in Chicago. Fitzgerald announced he would step down. Brian Kersey/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Kersey/Getty Images

Tenacious Prosecutor Leaves Chicago A Little Cleaner

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/153756088/153761748" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript