Earlier this year, Rupert and James Murdoch told Parliament they didn't realize how deep the phone hacking scandal went in their U.K. tabloid until 2010.
Today, in testimony before Parliament, two of James Murdoch's top executives contradicted him saying they had presented evidence to him much earlier during a meeting that implicated others beyond Clive Goodman, a royal reporter convicted over the practice.
Japan faces a dilemma: the country lacks natural resources and relies heavily on nuclear power. But in the wake of the nuclear accident in March, 70 percent of Japanese now say they want to phase out atomic energy.
It's a huge, long-term challenge. Even backers of renewable energy say it could take two generations for Japan to become nuclear free.
But Japan was taking action even before the accident at the Fukushima power plant on the country's northeast coast.
As a child, Philip Schultz didn't understand why he couldn't learn. He was held back twice and both his classmates and teachers ignored him. When he revealed that he wanted to be a writer, he was ridiculed.
Schultz went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. But it wasn't until his young son was diagnosed with dyslexia that Schultz, then 58, had a name for the disorder that had plagued him his entire life.
NEAL CONAN, host: Once a staple of public education, home economics was pretty much laughed out of many schools' curricula. In Helen Zoe Veit's words from The New York Times today, home ec became stereotyped as bland food, bad sewing and self-righteous fussiness. In her op-ed piece, Veit argues that a return to the roots of home economics could go someway to address the growing obesity problem. More on that in a moment. But we'd like to hear from you. What did you learn in home economics? 800-989-8255. Email us, email@example.com.
NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Winds are calmer today, but wildfires continue to sweep across central Texas. Over 1,000 homes destroyed so far, 5,000 people evacuated. The governor says 100,000 acres burned, and the forecast doesn't offer much in the way of relief anytime soon.
NEAL CONAN, host: It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments.
Our conversation with presidential hopeful Ron Paul brought this comment from Michael Cullen(ph) in Berlin, Germany. Too bad nobody had the gumption to ask Ron Paul about how to get America back to work and reduce the unemployment rate. He wrote, that is the biggest problem in the U.S. Whoever solves it saves America and also reduces the deficit.
NEAL CONAN, host: We'll be hearing ground zero a lot in specific reference to the spot where disaster struck New York 10 years ago. In the weeks and months after 9/11, it seems like the phrase might become permanently affixed to the tragedy at the World Trade Center. But in a piece to be published this weekend in the Boston Globe, Ben Zimmer notes that it's reentered popular usage. Ben Zimmer is executive producer of Visual Thesaurus and Vocabulary.com, and he joins us from our bureau in New York. Nice to have you back the program.