June 19, 2013 | NPR · Now that the U.S. Military has officially agreed to allow women into combat roles, NPR's Larry Abramson looks at just how quickly, or not, the various branches are moving to make that happen.
June 19, 2013 | NPR · The conventional shorthand for the IRS scandal is that employees "targeted" conservative groups for extra scrutiny in the applications for tax-exempt status. Except, as an inspector general's report showed, it wasn't just conservative groups that got the extra scrutiny. Plenty of liberal groups had to produce extensive documentation answer dozens of questions, too.
June 19, 2013 | NPR · A keen eye and extensive knowledge of feathers allows forensic ornithologist Carla Dove (yes, that's her name) figure out from feather and bone fragments which type of bird crashed into a plane or was eaten by a snake. But the expertise has an uncertain future.
June 18, 2013 | NPR · National Security Agency director Keith Alexander returned to the Hill on Tuesday, this time to testify before a House intelligence committee about the NSA spying revelations. Alexander said the programs in question foiled 50 terrorist plots, including one against the New York Stock Exchange.
June 18, 2013 | NPR · Melissa Block talks to Republican Congressman Mac Thornberry, who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He talks about the testimony by leaders of the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice and the FBI on Tuesday morning. He's been supportive of the NSA surveillance program, saying it's not only legal, but vital to security.
June 15, 2013 | NPR · This week the Obama administration announced it would send weapons to the Syrian rebels, because of credible evidence Syrian government forces had indeed used chemical weapons. Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about how Syrians are reacting to the news.
June 16, 2013 | NPR · Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to learn more about new Iran's president-elect, cleric Hassan Rouhani.