December 19, 2013 | NPR · Federal Reserve policymakers announced on Wednesday they will begin reducing the amount of stimulus they've been providing the economy each month. The Fed also promised it would keep short-term interest rates near zero even longer than previously expected.
December 19, 2013 | KQED · Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California's bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state's Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can't be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.
December 19, 2013 | NPR · President Obama's intelligence review panel has produced a report hundreds of pages long. It endorses a series of checks on the National Security Agency. The advisers have a list of recommendations for how to protect privacy while still trying to prevent terrorist attacks.
December 18, 2013 | NPR · The Syrian military is dumping explosives on the city of Aleppo. In recent days, both sides have escalated their campaigns trying to gain ground ahead of an international peace conference scheduled for January. Calls for a cease fire have gone unheeded as the humanitarian crisis within and beyond Syria's borders worsens.
December 18, 2013 | NPR · Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., says it's a key moment for the international community to "change the calculus" in the Central Africa Republic and prevent further atrocities. The U.S. has authorized up to $100 million to support African Union forces and other material aid.
December 18, 2013 | NPR · The DNA from a 50,000-year-old Neanderthal bone found in a cave in Siberia is more evidence that genetic mixing took place among Neanderthals and other hominid groups. One researcher hopes to use such evidence to help compile a catalog of the genetic changes that make modern humans unique.
December 14, 2013 | NPR · A key human rights crusader has been kidnapped by Islamist extremists outside Damascus, and if life for Syria's displaced and refugees wasn't bad enough already, freezing temperatures have compounded the misery. NPR's Deborah Amos talks with Weekend Edition Sunday host Scott Simon about the latest developments in Syria.
December 15, 2013 | NPR · As the pretrial hearing of the man accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks resumes Monday at Guantanamo Bay, dozens of other detainees are held in limbo there. Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the situation at Gitmo, including the trouble with "forever prisoners."