NPR's Michel Martin led two challenging conversations about race this week, focusing on fearful perceptions of African-American men and how these fears play out in people's everyday lives. Guests including author and Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler examined the research and the complicated emotions behind this fear.
"When you're in an elevator or walking behind somebody and you feel like you have to perform to make them feel safe, it's like apologizing for your existence," says Butler.
Just about a full decade since the girl with a dragon tattoo was introduced to readers, she'll be making her grand return to fiction â€” albeit with another author's name on the cover. Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels is set to become something more on Sept. 1, when the series' new addition hits store shelves as The Girl in the Spider Web. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf released the book's title and cover art Tuesday.
Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:12 am
The most pressing health threat in the Latin American country of Honduras has nothing to do with germs or superbugs.
It's from the barrel of a gun.
Every day, patients with gunshot wounds seek treatment, overwhelming the country's few hospitals. Violence is the third-leading cause of death in the country of 8.2 million people. For four years running now, The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has ranked San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city in Honduras, as the world's most violent city.
Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:45 am
The six nations that have been debating a plan to curb Iran's nuclear program and ease economic sanctions will hit the deadline for a framework agreement at 6 p.m. ET. Ahead of that deadline, there are signs that a deal is in the works â€” and that it might not be a sweeping arrangement that lays out future terms.
Early Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he believed an agreement would be reached by the end of the day.
Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 9:50 am
A new Indiana law that has set off a firestorm of criticism and threats of boycotts should be repealed or revised, says Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law has drawn protests from critics who say it allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians.
Ballard tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that those who support the law are "missing the bigger trend."
He added, "Everything changes over history. We have to get to a certain point where we have that balance."
Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:18 am
Zahra Karimi Nooristani, 18, cautiously works her way down a rock face high above Kabul as her coach, Farhad Jamshid, guides her.
It is hazardous for his top female student to be rappelling here, not only because of the steep drop, but because she is using a frayed, nine-year-old rope handed down from the men's mountaineering team.
Another danger she faces is the prospect of her neighbors finding out she's climbing at all.