Grandma, Pop Pop, Butterfly, Coach, Tio, Bubbles — more than 550,000 people in all have died of COVID-19 in the United States. As the U.S. death rate declines and the rising pace of vaccinations offers hope of a post-pandemic life, we continue to remember those we’ve lost.
More than 4 million homes face financial losses from flooding. Communities where flood insurance is already unaffordable are facing potentially catastrophic damage.
Scientists say the pandemic will only end in the U.S. when we achieve what's called herd immunity. Play with our simulations to see how immunity can stop an outbreak in its tracks.
Use NPR's tool to find out where to start when it's your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, helpful advice about how to navigate the system.
More than 250 people have been charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. NPR is looking at the cases. Each provides clues to questions surrounding the attack: Who joined the mob? What did they do? And why?
The Senate trial began Tuesday on one article the House approved, charging former President Donald Trump with incitement of insurrection for the Capitol riot. Most senators want a short trial.
Not everyone gets tested. A new model estimates how many infections are missed because of this and how many people are actively shedding the virus. The results lend urgency to the vaccine race.
President Joe Biden's core group of advisers is more racially diverse and has more women than those of former Presidents Donald Trump or Barack Obama. See a list of the picks and their experience.
An NPR analysis of COVID-19 vaccination sites in major cities across the Southern U.S. reveals a racial disparity, with most sites located in whiter neighborhoods.
The U.S. is engaged in a massive effort to vaccinate the bulk of its population against COVID-19. But some states are working faster than others. See how yours is faring.
It appears to be 50% more infectious, and researchers predict the new coronavirus variant could start to dominate in the U.S. by March. The time to prepare is now, they say.
A little-known process determines your state's representation in Congress and the Electoral College. Trump wants to try to change it by excluding unauthorized immigrants for the first time in history.
COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to strain U.S. hospitals. NPR built a tool to explore trends around the country. Look up your local hospital to see how it's faring.
Remarkably few counties shifted in the 2020 election, which saw sky-high turnout. The president's base voted in big numbers in rural areas, but Biden's gains in the suburbs propelled him to victory.
President Biden's aides are beginning to put policy into action, while the U.S. Senate is taking up his nominees.
In the four suburban counties that ring Philadelphia, Joe Biden topped President Trump by more than 280,000 votes.
An NPR analysis shows that the majority of counties with the highest COVID-19 death rates showed stronger support for Trump in 2020 than they did four years ago.
An NPR analysis shows that the majority of counties with the highest COVID-19 death rates showed stronger support for Trump in 2020 than they did four years ago.
View interactive maps and live results for the 2020 U.S. election.
Women often bear a heavier burden at times of crisis. They take care of the kids, the house, the survival of families. NPR photographed and interviewed 19 women over 3 weeks. Here are their stories.
Some public health experts hope the growing availability of faster, cheaper tests could lead to a new strategy of widespread testing — one that could finally get the pandemic under control.
With more complete racial data for COVID-19 available, the trends are impossible to ignore: Minorities are getting sick and dying at disproportionate rates. Here's a state-by-state analysis.
Parts of the West Coast experienced very unhealthy or hazardous air from wildfires for the first time ever recorded. Millions endured that smoke for twice as long as the recent average.
Early in the pandemic, most deaths occurred in large cities. But now, as COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., smaller communities are suffering many losses as well.
For decades, states have claimed that lethal injection is quick, peaceful and painless. An NPR investigation — and legal battles across the country — tell a different story.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of states have modified their rules for absentee voting in November's elections.
Fukushima was forever changed by one of the world’s biggest nuclear disasters nearly a decade ago. But what does recovery really mean?
Some states face record-breaking deficits because of the coronavirus pandemic. We asked local reporters across the country to tell us what could be on the chopping block in your state.
A drop in shipping traffic is reducing underwater noise, so scientists are listening for how whales and other marine life are responding.
A new NPR/Harvard analysis finds most states' testing efforts still fall far short of what's needed to beat back the pandemic. Find out how your state is doing.
Racial discrimination shaped the map of Minneapolis. Community groups are calling on the city to follow through on a new land use plan designed to address housing disparities and climate change.
With limited resources themselves, states are having to get creative helping residents deal with the COVID-19 economic slowdown. But how much help you can get depends on where you live.
NPR's analysis shows just how stark the impact has been on African-Americans and Latinos. Experts say the pandemic will go on — for everyone — unless we direct resources where they're most needed.
An NPR investigation shows that black and Latino neighborhoods in four large Texas cities have fewer coronavirus testing sites, leaving communities blind to potential COVID-19 outbreaks.
See the latest campaign finance figures for President Trump and his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.
There have been four separate measures over the last two months, including payments to individuals, tax breaks for businesses, and funds for public health and state and local governments.
U.S. employers shed a record number of jobs in April, as the unemployment rate climbed to the highest since the Great Depression. The coronavirus crisis has locked down much of the economy.
New estimates say the U.S. needs to triple its testing. But how much testing does each state need? Here's how states compare to each other, and to targets experts say they should hit.
To safely reopen without risking new COVID-19 outbreaks, states need staff to do the crucial work of contact tracing. Public health agencies report they have aggressive plans to grow their workforce.
U.S. health officials said equipping six cities with extra testing would pick up under-the-radar viral spread. But an NPR investigation finds conflicts and shortages caused painful delays.
President Trump has delivered an ever-evolving message to the American public about the coronavirus pandemic. We compare Trump's remarks and actions to his administration's.
Congress saw its first two members enter self-quarantine on March 8. Later that month, seven members tested positive or were presumed so and dozens more were quarantined. The ranks have since grown.
Wondering how bad the coronavirus crisis is going to get where you live? New modeling offers state-by-state projections.
A map and charts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed at least 1 million globally.
View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.
Fourteen states are voting in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, including delegate-rich California and Texas. Follow live coverage.
A candidate needs 1,991 delegates to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. Even after effectively securing the nomination in March, Joe Biden has spent months reaching the benchmark.
Follow NPR's live coverage, including results and analysis, of the Iowa caucuses, the first contest of the 2020 presidential election.
The U.S. census counts incarcerated people as residents of where they are imprisoned. In many prison towns, that has led to voting districts made up primarily of prisoners who can't vote.
Now that the House has impeached President Trump, the process shifts to the Senate, which will vote on whether to convict him. Here is your guide to the steps and the people that matter.
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When a flash flood ripped through Old Ellicott City in Maryland, residents thought it was a freak occurrence. Instead, it was a hint about the future. And adapting to that future has been painful.
Read an annotation of the complaint that set off the formal impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, with references to congressional testimony, public statements and news reports.
Hotter neighborhoods tend to be poorer in dozens of major U.S. cities. That extra heat can have serious health effects for those living there.
Knowing what to recycle is confusing. Here's a look at the process, from store to recycling facility.
Meet a changing Mongolia. Rivers are dry. Pastureland is giving way to mines. And wintertime smog obscures the famed blue sky. How did the country get here? It’s a story of internal migration and economic transformation in an era of climate change.
A visual introduction to NPR's investigative podcast about the death of Jim Reeb in 1965.
NPR's Book Concierge is your guide to 2018's best reads. Use our tags to filter books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone you love.
There are more than 21 million military veterans in the country, according to a 2016 report from the Department of Veterans Affairs. About 2 million of those are women.
Much has changed in the year since Donald Trump gave his election night victory speech. Journalists across the NPR newsroom have annotated his remarks in retrospect, providing context and analysis to his policy promises and noting who, among the people he thanked, is still in the inner circle.
A new survey found that Latinos born in the U.S. tend to see racial or ethnic discrimination differently than Latinos who came to the country.
We asked young people about how they view their identity, what role religion plays in their lives, what they hope for the future, and what they believe unifies this sprawling, pluralistic democracy.
Racing requires a pair of pigeons. The male is the racer, and he flies back to the female during the race. But some Indonesian men love this sport so much, it's been blamed for a rise in divorce.
If you itemize, a new, higher standard deduction might make doing your taxes easier. If you run a "pass through" business, your life might be about to get more complicated.
The public ferry system is a key link for a diverse nation spanning some 17,000 islands. "We serve all the people," says the captain of a ferry linking majority-Hindu Bali with majority-Muslim Lombok.
Six days after Hurricane Maria, Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Santini caught a Boeing C-17 headed for San Juan. Bringing food, water and information to desperate residents was "deeply personal" for him.
A new survey from NPR shows that black people often feel differently about discrimination depending on their gender, how old they are, how much they earn and whether they live in cities or suburbs.
A video of a school resource officer throwing a student sparked a national debate about race, discipline and the role of law enforcement in schools.
After last month's hurricane, a Florida animal preserve that is home to more than 100 domestic and exotic animals is working on repairs. The owners are still "bouncing back."
Illustrator Sayori Wada gives us a visual guide through her experience at Rock In Japan, one of the country's largest music festivals.
Congress requires the president to re-evaluate — or certify — the deal every 90 days. The next deadline for him to do so is Oct. 15.
This week marks the anniversary of the 1937 massacre, in which Dominican soldiers targeted Haitians living near the Dominican-Haitian border. A team from NPR's Latino USA gathered survivors' memories.
Every day across Puerto Rico, with its shattered power grid, hospitals are waging a life-and-death battle to keep their patients from getting sicker in the tropical heat.
The damage left by Hurricane Maria has disabled running water for many in Puerto Rico. People are driving to mountain springs to fill empty soda bottles and heading to rivers to do their laundry.
Hurricane Maria knocked out power across the entire island, and many areas lack running water. Doing laundry, turning on the lights, eating dinner: Everyday life has become a constant challenge.
Illustrator and reporter Chelsea Beck ventured to Merriweather Post Pavilion for a festival older than many of its attendees — of course there were fidget spinners.
Senate Republicans' latest plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system ends with a massive shift of federal money from states that expanded Medicaid — and are largely dominated by Democrats — to those that refused to expand.
It's been one week since Hurricane Irma hit Southwestern Florida. Residents in Collier County, where the storm made landfall after the Florida keys, are in the early stages of the recovery process.
With communications still sketchy on many Caribbean islands smashed by Hurricane Irma, it requires a view from space to take in the magnitude of the destruction from one of the most powerful storms to form in the Atlantic.
A café in Miami remained open on Saturday as customers prepared for the weather. The owners are praying for the best as this is the strongest storm they've seen in the two decades they've lived here.
Of all the churches on the Texas coast battered by Hurricane Harvey, one of the hardest hit is St. Peter Catholic Church in Rockport. As it happens, St. Peter is the heart and soul of Aransas County's large Vietnamese population.
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey has been widespread across Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas. While the storm has dissipated, water remains in many homes.
Even tGovernment flood maps may need to be redrawn following Harvey. That, in turn, could have implications for insurers.
Satellite imagery captured on Wednesday shows what Harvey wrought: flooding on an almost unfathomable scale, submerging entire cities.
Born out of necessity during segregation, Seafarers Yacht Club is one of the country's oldest black boating clubs. Over 70 years after its founding, the club's members must decide how to move forward.
For a lot of families, the flood damage and lost wages are the difference between getting by and wondering how they'll make ends meet.
Some people seeking safety from the flooding caused by Harvey were able to find refuge at Al-Salam mosque in northwest Houston.
The Gulf Coast of Texas has seen record rainfall as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday. By the time the storm moves out, some parts of the region may see up to 50 inches of rain.
En un salón de dos lenguas, a veces eres el estudiante y algunas veces eres el maestro. Esto es lo que es para Merari de seis años de edad.
President Trump addressed the nation Monday night on U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan and South Asia.
A total solar eclipse made its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Fourteen states were in the path of total darkness. See highlights from the astronomical phenomenon’s journey across America below.
The 55-year-old Muslim Youth Camp is taking on new meaning as a temporary respite for today's new generation in the current political climate.
Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.
The goal is to reach 90 percent of children with the DTP vaccination — a child's first scheduled immunization. Some countries are barely at 50 percent.
Companies are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve thousands of miles of pipelines from Appalachia. It's an agency that almost never says no.
It was a life-and-death journey out of Aleppo. Nedal Said could never have imagined how it would end.
The bills under consideration in Congress would make big changes in health care coverage and costs for millions of people. Our searchable FAQ provides answers to key questions on where, how and why.
The Trump administration has been remarkably on-message on social media over the past week — that is, if you only look at official Twitter accounts, rather than the president's personal feed.
In a dual-language classroom, sometimes you're the student and sometimes you're the teacher. Here's what it's like for 6-year-old Merari.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 22 million people would lose coverage with the Senate bill. That includes 15 million people on Medicaid, and others who could no longer afford insurance.
Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.
In Silicon Valley, you're supposed to build businesses unapologetically. You're not supposed to speak out against injustice. Freada Kapor Klein breaks those rules.
Journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna were killed in Afghanistan last year on a reporting trip. Our investigation found that the story of their deaths is not what we originally reported.
The vast majority of gun deaths in America are either suicides or one-on-one shootings.
Russia interfered in the 2016 election to hurt Hillary Clinton, the U.S. intelligence community says. The story has raised many big questions — here, we try to make it all a little clearer.
Quidditch leapt from the screen to real-life muggle fields in 2005. Now, it's grown big enough to have a major league, and the intensity and athleticism involved is anything but fictional.
Most people uprooted by war haven't crossed international borders to reach safety. They fled for their lives, but they don't count as refugees. They are the displaced. And all they want is to go home.
For over 35 years, the all-female Shonen Knife has been serving up catchy punk titles like "Wasabi," "Hot Chocolate" and "Sushi Bar." But don't mistake them for bubblegum pop. These ladies are legit.
Awe-inspiring feats of logistics. Incredible strength of community. As the "Greatest Show on Earth" plays its final act, the cast and crew are saying goodbye to more than just a livelihood.
Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African-American ringmaster of "The Greatest Show on Earth," helms the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for its last performance this Sunday.
Indiana's private school voucher program is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Whether it's "social justice" or "an assault" on public schools depends on whom you ask.
In Dallas and other tight rental markets, Section 8 voucher holders can't find the homes they need, while developers face resistance from wealthier neighborhoods when trying to build new housing.
The low-income housing tax credit program gave way to a booming $8 billion private industry, but as tax credits for companies increased, the number of housing units being built for the poor fell.
As President Donald Trump crosses the 100-day marker this weekend, photographer Gabriella Demczuk explores some of the major events that have transpired in the White House and on Capitol Hill.
As a candidate, Donald Trump laid out an agenda of what he hoped to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. As that mark approaches, NPR reporters assess where the president's promises stand.
A year ago today, fans made a pilgrimage to Paisley Park, the home of Prince. What they found there was a communal altar, separated from the building by about 100 feet.
The overall increase in the number of Americans with health insurance draws attention to counties where the uninsured rate is still high, many of them in states that chose not to expand Medicaid.
Planet Money gets in on the future of investing with an automated stock-trading bot. It analyzes the twitter feed of President Donald Trump, then trades stocks with real money. Our money.
Trump picked up big margins in small and rural counties. But those areas would take the biggest hit with tax credit changes, according to an NPR analysis of data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
NPR and dozens of member stations are searching for public statements on Twitter and Facebook, on lawmakers' websites and in interviews with public media or other news organizations.
Border crossers, farm laborers, new arrivals from Mexico: There's no shortage of stereotypes about people living in the U.S. illegally. But the statistics tell a different story.
The president shared his vision for the "renewal of the American spirit" on Tuesday night. Journalists across NPR annotated his remarks.
Conservatives embraced their new leader at their pre-eminent annual gathering. Meanwhile, Trump's team was quick to draw comparisons between the new president and CPAC's longtime hero, Ronald Reagan.
The number of English language learners in public schools is nearing 5 million. Many are struggling academically, despite well-intentioned efforts to help them learn English.
The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the largest protest camp. The Trump administration is allowing the pipeline to be built, despite the protests.
Donald Trump and his team have committed to certain steps that touch on ethics and conflicts-of-interest concerns. We offer context and look for evidence to track progress of those promises.
Over the past 60 years, the number of new diseases cropping up in a decade has almost quadrupled. "We're in a hyperinfectious world," says one scientist.
An NPR investigation finds the death care industry can often be confusing and unhelpful to consumers who must make high-priced decisions at a time of grief and financial stress.
NPR and dozens of member stations searched for public statements by all 536 members of Congress. Use our interactive tracker to see what your lawmakers have — or have not — said about the order. Built in collaboration with WNYC.
Trump pushes for policy changes, reacts to news and sets his agenda on Twitter. NPR provides analysis of key remarks from the president as they come.
Donald Trump has completed an unlikely journey from real estate mogul to the 45th president of the United States.
Follow our live blog for news of the day, photos and videos from the National Mall and for analysis on what the events mean for the world.
A neighborhood in Minnesota is proving that there's a potential solution to run-down mobile home parks: The residents banded together democratically and purchased their community.
Water and sewage problems at an Idaho mobile home park illustrate how manufactured housing communities owned by outsiders are often kept in a state of disrepair.
It's illegal for immigration officials to detain U.S. citizens. But an NPR analysis of public records found that in an eight-year period, some 1,500 people who were held turned out to be Americans.
In a wide-ranging interview, NPR's Steve Inskeep asks President Obama about Russian interference in the U.S. election, executive power, the future of the Democratic party and his future role.
Six months ago a shooter opened fire in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding 53 more. The tragedy spurred some to action while others struggle to understand why it happened.
As winter settles in, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has asked many of the pipeline protesters to head home. Here are the stories and portraits of some of those who joined the protests.
Visit the #bookconcierge, @NPRBooks' guide to 2016's great reads.
The NPR Music team ranked the 100 top songs and 50 best albums of the year.
President-elect Trump has interests in hundreds of businesses. Many government agencies and policies could affect his profits. Here's a look at some of his businesses, and the possible conflicts.
Many counties in Rust Belt states like Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania that had backed President Obama just four years ago were crucial to Donald Trump's victory.
Trump supporters in New York City were jubilant as results rolled in. Mere miles away, Clinton fans hugged one another and cried.
Easy-to-read top-level results, with minute detail at the state level for those who wanted it. Fully integrated with the rest of our coverage on npr.org and the radio.
Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated Wednesday night in Las Vegas — the final time before the November election. More than 20 journalists across NPR fact checked their comments.
Osama and Ghada and their four kids fled their homeland three years ago and recently reached the U.S. as part of the 11,000 Syrian refugees arriving this year. Every day brings new challenges.
Our public schools are struggling to handle millions of students with mental health problems. Here’s why.
How do you pedal a 200-pound pink brain — made of rubber, foam and steel — up 45-degree hills, through thick mud and water without breaking? These middle schoolers have eight months to figure it out. (Three-part series)
Washington, D.C., teens get into the spirit of historical figures and tell visitors what the portraits miss. In one instance, a student imagines a private talk between Richard Nixon and his wife.
Photographer Gabriella Demczuk explored the fractures in American politics, examining the Democratic Party's attempt to capitalize on the convention in Philadelphia to make itself "stronger together."
A shy woman becomes a brave warrior princess. A man calls on Captain America to help him lose 45 pounds. In costume role play they become part of a community where they can transform themselves.
Calls to "Make America Great Again" rang through the Republican National Convention while anti-Donald Trump protesters tried to challenge the rhetoric. This is what it looked like.
Take a virtual reality tour and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Philando Castile spent his driving career trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of traffic stops, fines, court appearances, revocations and reinstatements, raising questions about bias, race and luck.
Demographics give Clinton an edge. But Trump says he can break the traditional mold. An NPR analysis — and new demographic tool — lets you create your own path to victory for either candidate.
Vashti Cunningham, 18, is on a roll. She set a world junior record and won the world indoor championship in March, while still in high school. She has now turned pro and has her eyes set on Rio.
Thanks to police and FBI records and witness accounts, it's becoming clearer — if still impossible to comprehend — what transpired in Orlando in the early hours of June 12.
Do lead pipes bring water into your home? Find out in 10 minutes. All you’ll need is a key and a magnet.
The Armslist website, and others like it, are coming under increased scrutiny by law enforcement, gun control advocates and researchers as debate over access to these kinds of weapons heats up.
He never imagined he could make it to the Olympics, but 28-year-old fencer Jason Pryor will be competing at this summer's games in Rio de Janeiro. He's ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in men's epee fencing.
They're in a crowded refugee camp, running the only hospital in a war-torn corner of South Sudan.
The vast patchwork of islands on a delta where three rivers meet is home to hundreds of tigers and 4 million people. As climate change squeezes the land they share, is increased conflict inevitable?
Indian cities are among the world's most polluted. And India is the third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide. If it finds a sustainable way to develop, it could be a template for the rest of the world.
The river enters Delhi relatively clean but by the time it flows out, it's a "toxic cocktail of sewage, industrial waste and surface runoff," says an environmentalist. Urbanization is partly to blame.
There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.
Last summer, a Chinese-American woman contacted NPR's Frank Langfitt with an unusual request: to help find her troubled sister, who'd vanished in southwest China. A difficult journey followed.
After conviction, noncitizens face deportation in a second system of justice that has different rules and fewer protections. NPR followed one man — and his family — through the process.
Platon, best known for his portraits of leaders and celebrities, focuses on U.S. troops and their loved ones in his new book, Service. "It's time to celebrate a new set of cultural heroes," he says.
Based on the memories of Armenian centenarians who survived the 1915 genocide as children, Armenian-American photographer Diana Markosian traveled to Turkey to bring them images from their past.
Look up your school district in our embedded interactive graphic.
Clean, safe drinking water is essential to life. To get that water, however, requires a sludge of chemicals, countless testings — and different treatment processes depending on where you live.
The Landlord and Tenant Branch of Superior Court for the District of Columbia is where you can end up if you're poor, black and on the verge of being evicted.
In an interview with NPR, the president says Senate Republicans owe it to the Founding Fathers to give Judge Merrick Garland a Supreme Court confirmation vote.
Deadlines to rehouse evacuees have come and gone. It's still not clear when they might go home, and if so, what would they return to?
Why fans have nothing to fear — and everything to gain — from diversity in science fiction and fantasy.
For Flint resident Jeneyah McDonald, using bottled water for everything has become an onerous but necessary routine. Still, she worries about the effects that toxic tap water will have on her sons.
For every primary, caucus and convention, we’re here to help you get caught up and understand what matters this election season.
Put on your headphones, turn up the volume and enjoy all of NPR Music’s favorite songs of 2015.
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Fewer than 2,000 Syrian refugees have been allowed to come to the U.S. The Al-Awad family in Toledo, Ohio, is among them. Local groups are helping them adjust to their new life in the U.S.
Personal rapid transit was supposed to be the future of public transport: lightweight pods on elevated tracks, on-demand destinations. But funding issues make cities reluctant to change course.
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi got big on Twitter during the Arab Spring. Now, his revolution is art.
Deaths from heroin nearly tripled between 2010 and 2013, and demand for the drug isn't dropping. Towns across the U.S. are grappling with the deadly epidemic — including a once-idyllic town in Ohio.
An ancient city plunges into darkness as a war on civilians rages.
For decades, virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg played his prized Stradivarius around the world. Then one day in 1980 it was snatched. Gone. But in June, the FBI called his daughter with news.
When Denise Burt started designing classical music album covers, she knew nothing about the music. And that might have been to her advantage.
The Wizard of Oz is in and Mary Poppins is out, that's according to Dramatics magazine's high school theater rankings for 2016-2017. The magazine has been publishing its list since 1938.
But in Afghanistan, can dreams become reality?
Put on your headphones and listen to 199 of NPR Music's favorite songs from 2015 (so far).
An NPR investigation found the VA failed to keep its promise of benefits to thousands of exposed veterans. And revealed previously unknown U.S. military tests that singled out the men by race.
Graduation rates have been rising since 2002. NPR Ed enlisted the help of 14 reporters at member stations around the country to find out why.
Scientist Chris Clark has been listening to whales for decades. But he says it's getting harder to hear them -- and for them to hear each other. Listen to all the noise we're making. Then imagine being a whale.
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.
In space, Astronaut Reid Wiseman was also a photographer. His Tweeted some amazing photos down to Earth -- and talks about one of his favorites.
Put on your headphones and listen to 100 of NPR Music's favorite songs from SXSW 2015.
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.
The world is starting to forget about Ebola. The village of Barkedu can't.
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.
While looking through old family photos as a kid, John Fugelsang discovered something strange about his mother. Hint: It had to do with being Catholic.
Nursing employees suffer 35,000 back and other injuries nearly every year. But many career-ending injuries could be prevented if hospitals brought in new technology.
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.
The true (not true) story of naughty-or-nice adjudication at the North Pole. An audio Christmas card from NPR.
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There's an interesting story behind this old photo. Photo editor Erin Mystkowski explains why she loves it.
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New Orleans is home to the nation’s first all-charter district. Is this the future of education?
How it was made and what it means today—commentary on the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Afghanistan's national sport is like polo, with a headless goat.
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America’s effort to bring home its war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods.
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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.
NPR Music remembers the musicians, composers, producers and other visionaries whom we lost in 2013.
NPR Health answers your questions about The Affordable Care Act.
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The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.
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50 years later, five people recall their experiences.
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!
Time travel to 1986 and tour Meriden, N.H., hometown of Okkervil River's Will Sheff. And hear the band's new single!
Survey the damage from the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma.
DC city officials give valuable tax breaks and subsidies to land developers. Who is really benefiting?
NPR's slightly obsessive guide to the running gags on Arrested Development, updated for season 4.
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.
Workplace wisdom you can print! Create a motivational poster and hang it somewhere with NPR's "Note To Self" project.
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.
"He entered the bin to investigate when he was sucked under the grain and buried. Employee #1 died of asphyxia."
Dinner is hard. We want to know what's on your family's table, and why. Share yours at NPR's Dinnertime Confessional.
Come to NPR's house to watch the awards with NPR's Linda Holmes and friends.
Listen in and discuss the State of the Union address with NPR's correspondents on our live blog.
This week marks an important milestone for anyone who swoons at the very mention of Mr. Darcy.
What do you want the president to remember in his second term? Send a postcard, chat about the inauguration & tune in to NPR!
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shares her story — and a suitcase brimming with family photos — with NPR.
Bob saw 462 shows in 2012 and saved his tickets, wristbands and media passes.
NPR Music remembers the singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and personalities who died in 2012. Explore their musical legacies.
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.
Follow the latest results, get breaking news and analysis, and listen to our live special broadcast.
Plot Obama and Romney's paths to victory with NPR's Swing State Scorecard.
Can't wait for the presidential debate? Watch these virtual face-offs on video.
For example: NPR's coverage of the Second Presidential Debate in Hempstead, N.Y. Live: audio of the speeches, analysis and chat.
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.
In the late 1930s, color film was pretty rare. But one amateur named Charles Cushman couldn't get enough. Over three decades he shot more than 14,000 photos of an era we usually see in black-and-white -- including one of the first color photos of the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out this special interactive to learn more.
Check the wildfire danger in your area. Updated daily.
A few AIDS cases were seen in the U.S. in the early '80s. Soon AIDS was found around the world.
Explore how much medical facilities pay for body parts commonly used from tissue donors.
More than half the country is experiencing drought conditions, some of them severe.