Steve Inskeep en Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.<p>R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 59067 at Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems. Fri, 16 May 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 55885 at Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.<p>Border security is ever-present here. The city has grown so close to the rusted U.S. border fence that it practically leans on it. The fence even cuts across the middle of Friendship Park, a circular plot of land that was laid out on the actual borderline as a symbol of the two nations' warm relations. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53393 at Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.<p>In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.<p>We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53331 at Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.<p>It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.<p>All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53272 at From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town Troncoso Family Finds Success On U.S. Side Of Border With Mexico Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>About midway through our road trip along the U.S./Mexico border, my colleagues and I rode up a mountain. Okay. Should we hop in?<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hop in.<p>INSKEEP: We boarded a tram car suspended by a cable.<p>KAINAZ AMARIA: Are we going that way?<p>INSKEEP: That's our photographer, Kainaz Amaria, and yes, we were going up the cable to a peak in El Paso, Texas. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53150 at On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."<p>He said this even though he lives within sight of Juarez, in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande. Many people on the U.S. side long ago stopped visiting their Mexican sister city, and not without reason: Juarez was the world's most violent city as recently as 2010. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53147 at On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez The Rarely Told Stories Of Sexual Assault Against Female Migrants Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>A dust-covered car has been in our parking lot at NPR West this week. It was the vehicle that took Steve Inskeep and several colleagues along the entire border between the U.S. and Mexico. We've been hearing what they found in recent days, stories of people and goods and culture that cross the border. Steve's in our studio now with a rather difficult story to tell. Steve, what is that?<p>STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Well, Arun, it involves people who migrate illegally across the border into the United States, which, of course, has been happening for decades. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53136 at Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p>Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>We begin our next story with the sound of a parade this month in Brownsville, Texas.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MARTIN: Thousands of people watched the parade in that border city. Naturally, politicians attended too - including the candidates for Texas governor. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53122 at Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border We drove 2,428 miles on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and it's safe to say that for much of the road trip, we were being watched.<p>Border Patrol agents, customs officers, cameras, sensors, radar and aircraft track movement in the Borderland. None of that has stopped the struggle to control the border, or the debate over how best to do it.<p>The Border Patrol — part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — allowed us a look inside the communications center at its headquarters in Laredo, Texas. The room had no windows, just a giant wall of screens. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53103 at Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border Intocable's Music Straddles The Border <em>Morning Edition's</em> Steve Inskeep stops in Zapata, Texas, in the latest installment of our Borderland series. Zapata is the hometown of the lead singer of Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border. Ricky Munoz explains how listening to a mix of Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard while growing up influenced his band. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 53030 at Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier My colleagues and I drove 2,428 miles and remained in the same place.<p>We gathered a team, rented a car, checked the batteries in our recorders and cameras. We moved from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. We crossed deserts, plains and mountains. But all the while, we were living in Borderland — zigzagging across the frontier between Mexico and the United States.<p>We were seeking stories of people, goods and culture that cross the border. Heavily fortified though it is, the border remains the place where two nations meet, trade, clash and influence one another. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 52921 at Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier Remembering The Alamo With A Texas Historian At The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, historian Frank de la Teja explains how the dividing line between the United States and Mexico came to be drawn where it is. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 52923 at U.S. Diplomat Tours Central African Republic Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The American ambassador to the United Nations is visiting Central African Republic today. Before becoming a diplomat, Samantha Power was a journalist who wrote about stopping genocide. And now she is visiting a country where there's fear of one. Fighting between Muslims and Christians has killed nearly 1,000 people. NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with Ambassador Power. She's on the line. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 48792 at A View From China, India On Carbon Dioxide Emissions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Well, let's hear from some of the rest of the world. We're gonna go to China and India and to NPR correspondents in those countries, beginning with NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Beijing. Hi, Anthony.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Okay. So the Chinese declined to agree to controls on their carbon emissions, but is this a major priority for China?<p>KUHN: Absolutely. It's a matter of key national interest to them. It's a matter of national security. Look at all the protests that happen every year because of pollution. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 47671 at Study: Commuting Adversely Affects Political Engagement Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Okay. We all know about the partisan divide in this country - Democrats, Republicans - but there's another political divide. Part of the country is very engaged in the political process and part is not.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Older Americans, richer Americans and better educated Americans are more likely to be politically engaged. Now researchers have found one more factor that seems to shape political engagement, the length of your commute. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 47363 at China Expected To Loosen One-Child Policy A state-run news service says the government will make a big change to the policy designed to restrain population growth. That policy has also led to a relative shortfall of young people and especially of girls. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:12:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 47211 at Grim Details Reveal Brutal Effects Of Philippine Typhoon The official death toll from the typhoon is expected to keep rising — thousands are still missing. Aid continues to come into the Philippines from around the world, but its flow is being hampered by poor logistics. The central government is being blamed for not doing more. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 47138 at Tacloban Took Brunt Of Typhoon Haiyen Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>We have two perspectives now on the destruction a typhoon left behind in the Philippines. The first is the view from the air. It comes from U.S. Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy, who is coordinating an American military effort to help typhoon survivors. Not long ago, General Kennedy stepped on board a helicopter for what he called reconnaissance. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 47019 at Typhoon Season Raises Concerns About Fukushima Plant Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Okay, the Atlantic hurricane season has been quiet so far, but in the Pacific two typhoons are moving toward Japan, raising concerns once again about the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which sits right on the coast. Its reactors, of course, melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Joining us to discuss what the effects could be is NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel. Hi, Geoff.<p>GEOFF BRUMFIEL, BYLINE: Hi.<p>INSKEEP: Okay. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:19:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 46045 at Senate Expected To Announce Deal To Raise Debt Limit Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>Hours before a deadline to extend the federal debt limit, the stock market seems kind of comfortable. The Dow Jones Industrials are actually up this morning, amid some hope that Congress may agree on a measure to avoid default and also reopen the federal government.<p>Let's find out what we can. NPR congressional Tamara Keith has been covering this story all the way through. She's at the Capitol. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:13:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 45724 at Why College Freshmen May Feel Like Impostors On Campus Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Tens of thousands of freshman have just finished their first month in college. They've signed up for classes, met a bunch of other people and, if history is any guide, asked themselves a question: What am I doing here? Everyone else is smarter and better adjusted than I am. And for some, that question totally changes the college experience, may even cause them to drop out, which is why a researcher was determined to intervene. He told his story to NPR's Shankar Vedantam, who's here to tell it to us. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:11:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 45697 at 3 American Economists Win Nobel Prize Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics was awarded today to three American men - Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, Robert Shiller. The Nobel committee cited their research in the predictability of stock prices, as well as other asset prices. We're going to find out more now from Zoe Chace of NPR's Planet Money team. She's on the line. Hi, Zoe.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Each of these guy's names is a little familiar, I think to the layman, especially maybe Shiller. Who are they?<p>CHACE: So, all right. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 45603 at Prize In Economics A Latecomer To Nobel Lineup Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Later this morning, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced in Sweden. Unlike some other Nobel Prizes we've heard about in recent days, this one comes with an asterisk. And NPR's Robert Smith is covering the story. He's in New York. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 45597 at 3 Scientists Share 2013 Nobel Prize For Chemistry Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be shared by three scientists who took chemistry inside the world of computing. This powerful technology is now used to develop drugs and perform all sorts of vital tasks in chemistry. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 45372 at Nobel Prize Awarded In Medicine Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK. This year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine will go to three scientists who have figured out how cells package up material - like hormones - and how they deliver those materials to other cells. This is one of the most basic functions for living cells and diseases can result when the machinery goes awry, so it's important to understand.<p>All three of the winners work at universities here in the United States, and joining us to tell us more about this is NPR science correspondent Richard Harris. He's in our studios. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:55:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 45259 at Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive It must be draining to do eight interviews in a row, but Benjamin Netanyahu seemed energized by it. The Israeli prime minister <a href="">walked into our meeting</a> in a New York hotel room bantering and smiling. He commented on the shades (pulled down to avoid a backlit photo) and noticed a novel that our engineer had brought along. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:38:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 45175 at Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House President Obama <a href="">spoke with NPR</a> in the Oval Office on Monday, as a visiting group of young people in suits got a tour of the Rose Garden outside the windows. The most striking part of our encounter in this moment of crisis was how familiar the atmosphere seemed.<p>Some of what the president said he also said during the <a href="">debt ceiling crisis of 2011</a>. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:09:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 44970 at After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House Holder Makes Moral Argument Against Mandatory Sentences Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>The nation's top law enforcement officer says the criminal justice system is broken. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 44448 at As Sanctions Squeeze, Iranians Keep Improvising Iranians have lived with American sanctions for many years, and we could see the evidence of this when we stepped into a Tehran shop called GM Auto Parts.<p>It had the famous blue and white General Motors logo, though the sign, like almost everything in the spare parts shop for American cars, looked decades old.<p>The silver-haired owner, Sadegh Janati, showed us catalogs of cars and parts that he used to import from the U.S. in the 1970s. They came straight from GM, he said, until the years after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, when U.S. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 39521 at As Sanctions Squeeze, Iranians Keep Improvising