December 8, 2013 | NPR · In December 1993, President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted Americans would hear a “giant sucking sound” as Mexico vacuumed up U.S. jobs. Economists say that the worst of Perot’s fears never materialized. But opponents still see downsides.
December 8, 2013 | NPR · For the first time, scientists have figured out where we sit on the global food chain. Although humans are clearly top chefs of the world, we’re not the top predator. Instead, our ranking is closer to a small, smelly fish that we put on pizzas and salads.
December 8, 2013 | NPR · Freezing rain is creeping across Tennessee on its way to the mid-Atlantic as the stunning cold, snow and ice that gripped Texas and the west on Saturday makes its advance eastward.
December 8, 2013 | NPR · The actor leaves comedy behind to play the villain in Out of the Furnace. He spoke with NPR’s Rachel Martin about the film and what it takes to play such a vicious and psychotic character.
December 7, 2013 | NPR · Goli Taraghi writes about life in Iran — about love, loss, alienation and exile. She is particularly equipped to the task, as her own exile from the country began in 1980 at the outset of the Iranian Revolution. She discusses her latest collection of short stories, The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons.
December 7, 2013 | NPR · NPR’s Bob Mondello looks at two documentaries — Six by Sondheim and Tim’s Vermeer — that delve deep into the creation of art, whether it’s a sprawl of Broadway songs or a 17th-century oil painting.
December 7, 2013 | NPR · The a cappella group Groove For Thought has been electrifying classics and pop songs for 10 years. Tenor and baritone Kelly Kunz and soprano Amanda Taylor speak with host Scott Simon about their new holiday album, Songs of Good Cheer.
December 7, 2013 | NPR · All polished young pros, Jarosz, fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith breezed into the NPR Music offices to knock us out with a careful mix of technical proficiency and poppy warmth.
December 7, 2013 | NPR · It’s worth pausing to consider not only the legacy and achievements of former South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, but also the rich musical associations of his life.