Some people with a rare neurological condition known as synesthesia can taste shapes or smell color. And when these people work in the food industry, it can radically redefine flavor profiles. (Blue wine? Moss-flavored cotton candy?)
Jammie Thomas-Rasset was the first to challenge a lawsuit from the Recording Industry Association. A jury awarded Capitol Records $222,000 in damages for the 24 songs that Thomas-Rasset shared.
NPR's David Gilkey was on the ground the night U.S. troops invaded Iraq 10 years ago this week. He describes a photograph he made that first night — one of the first photos of the invasion to come out of Iraq.
President Obama announced his choice to be Labor secretary on Monday. It's Tom Perez, a Justice Department civil rights leader — bringing a high-profile Latino to the Cabinet.
Syria's political opposition is meeting in Istanbul this week to choose a rebel government, despite opposition from the Obama administration. The vote has been postponed twice because of internal tensions over naming a rival government to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
On the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, journalist Aaron Glantz talks about the challenges former American service members face in accessing their disability and other benefits. Glantz says there is a backlog of 900,000 claims and that the average waiting period is 273 days.
Perez would replace Hilda Solis and if confirmed, become President Obama's only Hispanic cabinet member. He is currently in charge of civil rights at the Justice Department.
Detroit's emergency fiscal manager is tasked with turning around the city's troubled finances. But some residents say they've been robbed of the right to pick their own leaders. Host Michel Martin speaks with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley, about future of the Motor City.
The fatal police shooting of teenager Kimani Gray in East Flatbush, Brooklyn led to days of protests and some violence; it also heightened tensions in a community already distrustful of the police. Host Michel Martin discusses the shooting, and its aftermath, with WNYC talk show host Brian Lehrer and community activist Shanduke McPhatter.
Ruth Ann Steinhagen was 19 when she shot Eddie Waitkus, a Philadelphia Phillie. She had been obsessed with him, and lured Waitkus to a Chicago hotel room. Initially judged to be insane, she was never tried. For about 60 years, she lived a quiet life in Chicago.
The move is seen by many as aimed at bolstering a key constituency ahead of a run for the White House in 2016.
What if a gun could only be fired by its rightful owner? What if it recognized a grip or fingerprint, or communicated with a special ring? It's been a fantasy for years, and in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, so-called smart gun technology is back in the spotlight.
While Beijing is still far behind the U.S. and Russia in arms sales, a new report shows that China is beginning to catch up — thanks to Pakistan.
The University of Central Florida in Orlando closed down its main campus until midday. Authorities are investigating. The incident began with a fire alarm at a dormitory. As police responded, a student apparently killed himself with a gun. Then other weapons and IEDs were discovered.
Also: Convicts who made dramatic escape captured in Canada; University of Central Florida locked down after apparent student suicide and discovery of weapons, explosive devices.
The chopper swooped down. Ropes were dropped to the ground. Two prisoners clambered up and got away. But within hours, Canadian authorities had tracked them down. Just like in the movies, the bad guys were brought to justice.
The $13 billion bailout by the eurozone and IMF would levy a one-time charge on deposits, including those of Russian oligarchs who have billions of euros in Cypriot banks.
Mark Sanford, the South Carolina governor whose infamous affair led to his political downfall, is among 16 Republicans in Tuesday's primary. But he is by far the best-known and the most controversial. The special election will fill the seat left open when Tim Scott was tapped to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint.
Shocking photos and text messages sent by high school students the night a girl was attacked in the Ohio city turned the crime into an international story. Two high school football players were convicted of rape on Sunday. Now a grand jury will consider whether others should be charged.
The graphic memoir about growing up in revolutionary Iran has been pulled from 7th grade classrooms. Also: An "obituary" for Philip Roth's alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman; the resurgence of independent bookstores; and the best books coming out this week.