Hollywood popularized some of the most important battles of ancient Greece in recent years. Brad Pitt lead the Spartans against the Greeks in the battle of Troy. And Gerard Butler brought the battle of Thermopylae to the big screen in 300.
We know much less about the Battle of Leuktra, which is perhaps one of the most stunning military victories of all time. NPR's Neal Conan talks with military historian, Victor Davis Hanson, about his first foray into fiction, The End of Sparta.
By a strong majority, Israelis support the decision to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli soldier. Still, it has provoked a painful debate, one that played out Monday, as it has several times before when Israel made similar lopsided trades in the past.
Walmart announced today that its chief executive in China was resigning for personal reasons. Ed Chan's resignation, however, comes about a week after China arrested Walmart employees and forced the retail giant to close 13 stores over allegations it was selling regular pork but labeling it as organic.
On Sunday, the Arab League called a meeting to discuss whether to suspend Syria from the organization. When the meeting wrapped, reports the AP, the league — made up of 22 nations — made no mention of a suspension but asked the government of Bashar Assad to talk with his opposition and come to a cease-fire agreement within 15 days.
The film version of the acclaimed Broadway musical, West Side Story, premiered 50 years ago. The production, which set Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet against the backdrop of 1950s New York City, wasn't always a smash hit. Still, for many, the story holds up as well today as it did five decades ago.
The Occupy Wall Street protests reached the one-month mark, and spread to cities around the world. Demonstrators march against greedy bankers, politicians, government cuts and the growing gap between rich and poor, among other issues. They have raised nearly $300,000, but many wonder: To what end?
So-called "middle market" companies added 2 million workers in recent years. The middle market includes businesses with annual sales between $10 million and $1 billion. Despite their growth, they tend to lack the lobbyists, government supporters and associations that small and big businesses enjoy.
As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," NPR member station WVAS Music Director Jay Holcey shares his favorite tunes. That includes "Grandma's Hands" by Bill Withers and "Falling in Love with Jesus" by Kirk Whalum.