Syrian soldiers who defected from the army join protesters in Homs's Khaldiya neighborhood on Jan. 26. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army launched an offensive that evening in the Karm al-Zeitoun district, killing 26 civilians, including nine children, and wounding dozens.
Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 8:21 am
Last Friday, I published a column assessing NPR's coverage of Mitt Romney's released tax returns. I agree with critics that the main stories did not address the justifications for Romney's low tax rates on high income. Nonetheless, I concluded that the limited context in the stories of comparing Romney's low rates to what most Americans pay was fair.
Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 9:57 am
Poet Donald Hall spends much of his time in his blue armchair, looking at the landscape out his window. The 83-year-old former poet laureate has lived for years on the same New Hampshire farm that his grandparents used to own, and still writes in the room he slept in as a child.
Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 9:23 am
Outer space is not the only frontier. There is also inner space, pockets of unexplored regions within our own Earth. Granted, they are becoming very scarce, at least those that are accessible by foot or by boat or by flying machine. Fortunately, there are still unexplored subsurface worlds, deep under the ocean, deep within caves, or deep under the ice. And what lurks within them may be the stuff of our wildest dreams.
GOP hopeful Rick Santorum carried wins in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, on Tuesday. The White House also tries to manage a controversy over requiring many Catholic institutions to provide free contraception in their employees' health coverage. Host Michel Martin covers these topics and other political news with a diverse panel of politicos.