In southern Yemen, government forces backed by U.S. advisers claim they are routing al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and allied groups from territory that the militants had controlled over the past year.
This is the same al-Qaida that has tried to send so-called underwear bombers to attack U.S.-bound planes.
Just outside the town of Zinjibar, it's clear that fierce battles went on here. It's deserted. There are no people, but there are an enormous number of bullet and shrapnel holes in the buildings.
Monday is the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. Americans may not know much about that war, but they do know a song the war inspired: "The Star-Spangled Banner." The first scratches of those phrases are on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.
The original quill-and-ink manuscript was written by Francis Scott Key. He wrote the lyrics while being held aboard a British ship. Trying to work out a prisoner release, he watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry — the rocket's red glare, bombs bursting in air.
At the University of California, Los Angeles, Labor Center in downtown L.A., more than 100 student leaders from around the country hugged and cheered as President Obama delivered his immigration announcement Friday.
Obama outlined a new policy to temporarily stop deporting some young illegal immigrants and make them eligible for work permits.
Diego Sanchez was born in Argentina and brought to Miami 12 years ago. He's working on getting his MBA. He welcomed the president's announcement.
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
Joan Rivers Hates You, Herself And Everyone Else: Comedian Joan Rivers' new book I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me details the things Rivers can't stand.
Airs Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. Johnny Cash became the stuff of legend over his long and storied career. Born in Arkansas and reared in fields of cotton, he was also raised on Gospel music and radio. The struggles of the depression that his and other families endured would ring through much of his music. He would become a champion for many who didn't have one. As his career progressed he would use his fame and status to bring changes and awareness of the plight of many, including prisoners, Native Americans, as well as the poor and downtrodden. Join us for this hour long look at Johnny Cash's politics and influence on American Culture. "Till things are brighter, I'm the Man in Black" sang Johnny Cash. He was an American with open eyes, aware of the state of the world, and he cared deeply. Cash shared his opinions on politics without hesitation or compromise, and people listened. His influence helped open the way for artists to express their feelings and views without fear. Rodney Crowell hosts this hour long tribute to The Man In Black.
NPR Music has already put together a list of 50 of our favorite songs to help you celebrate the summer. On it, you'll find cheery synth-pop singles, smooth R&B ballads, thumping club bangers and fist-pumping rock anthems.
Missing, however, are those "deep cuts" that lend themselves to a detached, ironic, slightly campy appreciation — the songs that are so bad they're good.