• 11:30am May 20, 2013
    National National Economy

    Boom Or Bust? Saving Rhode Island's 'Superman' Building

    The iconic Industrial Trust Tower in downtown Providence is empty for the first time in 85 years. Developers want to turn it into luxury apartments — and want the state and city to pay for it. But Providence — like the rest of Rhode Island — faces its own economic problems, as well as a recent failed investment.
  • 11:15am May 20, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Is There Really A Second-Term Curse?

    Whether it's Richard Nixon's resignation or Bill Clinton's impeachment, presidents tend to have a tough time during the back half of an eight-year presidency.
  • 8:03am May 18, 2013
    National National

    Local Story Shows 'Plain Dealer' Prowess, But Future's Murky

    NPR's Scott Simon talks to Connie Schultz, former columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Starting this summer, the paper's owners will be reducing home delivery to three days a week and making huge cuts in the newsroom staff.
  • 7:23am May 18, 2013
    National National

    Prime Challenge Sends Mathematicians On Infinite Search

    University of New Hampshire professor Yitang Zhang announced this week that he has come close to solving a centuries-old problem: proving the twin prime conjecture. Host Scott Simon gets an explanation from Weekend Edition Math Guy Keith Devlin of Stanford University.
  • 7:23am May 18, 2013
    National National

    When Alcohol Takes The Wheel: What's Your Limit?

    This week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended lowering the legal limit of blood alcohol content for drivers to .05 or even lower. Currently, it's illegal to drive in all states with a BAC of .08 or higher. Host Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Anthony Liguori of Wake Forest School of Medicine about alcohol's impact on driving ability.
  • Gerry Leone was the district attorney for Middlesex County in Massachusetts when three people were murdered in a house in the Boston suburb of Waltham. He told reporters that police suspected the assailants and the victims knew each other.
    6:52pm May 17, 2013
    National National

    Boston Bombings Prompt Fresh Look At Unsolved Murders

    Authorities are revisiting a triple murder in the Boston suburb of Waltham. One of the victims may have been a friend of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev would sometimes spar at the same mixed martial arts gym where the victim worked as an instructor.
  • President Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. He told reporters: "Leaks related to national security can put people at risk."
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    9:34am May 17, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    AP Case Adds To Obama Team's Tough Record On Leaks

    His administration has prosecuted six people for giving reporters information about secret national security operations — twice as many cases as all previous presidents combined. Amid criticism from First Amendment advocates, the White House insists it values both press freedoms and national security.
  • 5:14am May 17, 2013
    National National Economy

    Budget Woes Mean Big Delays For Small Claims Courts

    With budgets tight, the court in San Joaquin County, Calif., stopped hearing all small claims cases in September. More than 800 people have since filed claims with no hearing dates in sight. Many other counties nationwide are experiencing similar delays for civil cases as they grapple with spending cuts.