The world of physics has been agog in recent weeks over something called the Higgs Boson particle. One of the scientists who laid the groundwork for these recent breakthroughs was physicist Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate — yet Salam's legacy is largely ignored in Pakistan.
Clinton's touch-down in Latvia will mark the 100th country she’s visited as Secretary of State — making her the most-traveled secretary of state yet. BBC state department correspondent Kim Ghattas accompanied Clinton on many of those trips, and recently produced a half-hour documentary about life on the road with the Secretary of State.
A friend looks back on the life and legacy of Nora Ephron, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and movie director.
Yesterday, Anne-Marie Slaughter of The Atlantic came on the show to talk about the juggling act between parenting and working, and what that struggle is like for both women and men. Today we look more closely at the specific choices and sacrifices families make to keep this balance.
A committee of university presidents has approved a new playoff system for college football. After this year, the much-derided Bowl Championship Series will come to an end, and be replaced by a four-team playoff and a Super Bowl-style title game.
In four days, Mexicans go to the polls to chose a new president, the vote being held against the background of a violent drugs war and a slowing economy. In this audio essay, Celeste takes a closer look at the frontrunner, Enrique Peña Nieto.
Alabama State Senator Gerald Dial and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Zayne Smith discuss SCOTUS' provisions to SB 1070 and how it will impact other states dealing with immigration policy.
In the competitive world of late night television, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" sets itself apart not by its nightly musical guests, which include the likes of Dave Matthews and Elvis Costello, but by the musical numbers performed by Jimmy Fallon himself. He talks about his infamous spoofs and how he convinces fellow musicians not to take their work too seriously.
Although most of us are not going to win a medal in the 2012 London Olympics, we're all going to be watching as the U.S. competes against the world's greatest. In partnership with our friends at The World at WGBH in Boston, we asked our listeners for suggestions for songs to be added to an Olympic playlist.
Brain drain is a common curse. To combat it, cities across America are offering to pay some or all of graduates student loans if they live and work in that city. Some are even offering tax breaks to retain an educated workforce.
When did earliest humans make cheese? Butter? Yogurt? New archeological findings suggest humans were in fact processing milk 7,000 years ago. Researchers examining pottery from from a site in Libya recently discovered traces of dairy fats on the earthenware.
News reports claim that British and US leaders are prepared to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad clemency if he agrees to help push for a UN-sponsored conference on political transition in Syria. This could put an end to the violence, but would no doubt spell a bittersweet end for many Syrians who want to see al-Assad answer for his actions.
"I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." That's what Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown told her fellow lawmakers on the floor of the State House during a debate on abortion rights and the "V word" apparently made a few nervous enough to ban Ms. Brown from speaking on on the floor of the house.
Earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia of providing helicopters to assist the Assad regime. Is Putin fighting the last battle of the Cold War in Syria?
The conflict in Syria is escalating so rapidly and involving such sectarian violence that one U.N. peacekeeper has called it a "civil war." What does identifying the conflict as a "civil war" mean going forward?
Grappling with months or even years of unemployment, some older Americans are tapping into the one safety net that's meant not to be tapped into: social security. Motoko Rich, national economics reporter for our partner The New York Times, recently profiled 62-year-old Palm Springs resident Clare Keany. Clare lost her job in 2008 and never found a full-time replacement.
In barely a decade and a half, Google has become an extension of our brains: with mobile devices and computers we can have the answer to a question before we complete a sentence. Google searches are a prosthetic memory, but they also may constitute an MRI of our collective personality – especially some of it's more disturbing aspects. The research of Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard, focused on voting patterns and racial prejudice in Google searches.
This week’s big release is “Prometheus,” starring Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, hosts this week's Movie Date.
Our Follow Friday panel, journalist Farai Chideya and BBC World Update host Dan Damon, discusses the top stories of the past week, including the European debt crisis, Diamond Jubilee, White House leaks, Clinton gaffe, and the death of Ray Bradbury.
Did the auto industry bailout work? New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest it did, with unemployment rates dropping faster than the national average, due in part to jobs created by the auto industry. This could be the push President Obama needs to stay on top until November, but as the rest of the country continues to struggle, it might not be time to raise the victory flag quite yet.