The Bus Station

Last year, 21,000 inmates were released in Huntsville, Texas -- one of the largest prison towns in America. For most of them, the gateway to the free world is the Huntsville Greyhound station. Here is the story by John Burnett, with photos by David Gilkey.

A Photo I Love

Thomas Allen Harris made an entire film about photos. In a two-minute audio short, he shares just one -- of his grandparents -- and explains what it has to do with the American family photo album.

Can't Go Home

Over 11 million Syrians have been displaced since civil war broke out. The fighting has caused the largest refugee crisis in the world. Here are four stories of families struggling to stay together.

Demolished: The End Of Chicago's Public Housing

In 1993, photographer Patricia Evans took this photo of 10-year-old Tiffany Sanders. Almost 20 years later, Tiffany saw her photo on a book cover and got in touch with Evans. This is the story of what happened in those intervening years — to them, and to public housing in Chicago.

Talking While Female

Ask a woman if anybody has ever complained about her voice and, chances are, you'll get a story.

Grave Science

America’s effort to bring home its war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods.

Oil Boom: See A Modern-Day Gold Rush In Motion

One of the nation's most remote places is now awash in oil money. In the heart of the boom, once-quiet farm towns are now wedged between semitrucks and dotted with "man camps." We sent a photographer to North Dakota to capture not just what it looks like but how it feels.

Playgrounds For Everyone

Wood chips don't work for kids in wheelchairs. NPR is building a guide to playgrounds designed so that *all* kids can play alongside friends, siblings or any other child. You can help!

Teenage Diaries Revisited

In 1996, Radio Diaries gave tape recorders to teenagers to create audio diaries about their lives. Amanda, Juan, Frankie, Josh and Melissa are now in their 30s and have recorded new stories about where life has led them.

Cook Your Cupboard

We're almost afraid to ask what you've got in your freezer. Homemade chicken stock you never think to use? Veggies for a rainy day? Send us a photo. We'll ask chefs about our favorites on NPR's Morning Edition.


What does a flurry of natural gas drilling do to a small town? See and hear how businesses, crime trends and relationships were forever changed as the Norman Rockwell painting went bye-bye in Towanda, Pennsylvania.

Election 2012 Early And Absentee Voting

Early and absentee voting are now options in most of the country, and roughly a third of all Americans casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential race are expected to do so before Nov. 6, Election Day. Here’s an early voting calendar and state deadlines for voter registration.