• Worker Charles Lee sorts through clothes at Mac Recycling near Baltimore. Textile recycling is a huge international business, and a small facility like Mac ships about 80 tons of clothes each week to buyers around the world.
    Jackie Northam / NPR
    9:04pm May 21, 2013
    World News World News National

    The Global Afterlife Of Your Donated Clothes

    The deadly collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh has heightened awareness about cheap clothes. Many Americans have become used to inexpensive clothing, but the garments are also discarded at a remarkable rate: Billions of pounds of clothing are recycled each year; nearly half is exported.
  • 5:43pm May 21, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

    Most health plans accept a credit card for the first month's premium and then require customers to pay monthly with a check or an electronic transfer from a bank account. For people without a banking relationship, these transactions can be tricky.
  • 5:43pm May 21, 2013
    National National

    As FEMA Heads To Oklahoma, Agency Worries About Finances

    President Obama has promised the people of Moore, Okla., that the U.S. is "there for them, behind them, as long as it takes." That means, at least in part, sending in FEMA to provide disaster relief: temporary housing, loans, equipment and repairs. And while there appears to be enough money for now, there is some concern that between sequestration and political gridlock, money could become an issue.
  • 5:43pm May 21, 2013
    National National

    IRS Inspector General To Review Handling Of Conservative Groups

    One commissioner ran the IRS when it engaged in targeted scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. A second commissioner was in charge when the agency continued to withhold information from Congress. On Tuesday, they testified together for the first time, to the Senate Finance Committee.
  • 4:46pm May 21, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    LA Mayoral Candidates Try To Persuade Voters To Pay Attention

    City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel are in an all-out blitz for votes ahead of Tuesday's election to replace the term-limited Antonio Villaraigosa. But observers say the race hasn't garnered much interest — even though Greuel could become the first female mayor.
  • 2:14pm May 21, 2013
    National National

    When Tornadoes Are A Way Of Life

    Monday's tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma City at 200 miles per hour and killed at least 24 people. Many more are missing orinjured. Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks to KOSU reporter Michael Cross and to meteorologist Paul Douglas about why it's so hard to track tornadoes.