Writer Dave Eggers argues the best way to attract great teachers is to pay them more. Eggers and activist Ninive Calegari co-founded the Teacher Salary Project, to raise awareness about the low salaries that they say drive many teachers from the classroom.
Cab drivers often find themselves playing amateur therapist, confession-taker and witness to all sorts of moving and awkward moments. In his book Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab, long-time cabbie Dmitry Samarov shares his stories from the road.
Mitt Romney may be back on track to the Republican presidential nomination.
It's still early and nothing is certain, of course. But the signs are that Romney has resumed what seemed, until a few weeks ago, his steady march towards becoming his party's standard bearer against President Obama in the 2012 presidential race.
If that Obama-Romney race should happen, by the way, Harvard Law School couldn't lose since it would be the first time two of its graduates faced each other as major-party nominees for the White House.
Last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, the departing head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sat in front of Congress, where he described the Haqqani Network as a "veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency."
The militant group has long been considered one of the most dangerous insurgent forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. Their estimated 5,000 to 15,000 fighters, led by militant Jalaluddin Haqqani, roam the mountainous region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they carry out deadly roadside bomb attacks, kidnappings and extortion plots.
Audra McDonald has been dazzling audiences for more than a decade with her stunning soprano voice. She has won Grammy and Tony awards, and has starred in stage classics and the TV drama, 'Private Practice.' She's now part of a controversial new interpretation of Gershwin's American opera, 'Porgy & Bess.' She speaks with Michel Martin about her latest show and upcoming concert tour.
Korto Momolu, a fashion designer and runner-up on the reality TV show Project Runway, has come out with her new Sankofa Collection. It's being featured Friday at "Africa Underground," an arts showcase at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah recently granted women the right to vote — but not until 2015. Only men can participate in Thursday's nationwide municipal elections. While some applaud the decree granting Saudi women voting rights, critics point out that women are still barred from many aspects of public life, including driving. Michel Martin talks with Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Caryle Murphy, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Murphy spent the last three years working in Saudi Arabia.
Alabama's immigration law has been called the toughest in the country, and many of its provisions will go into effect today. Police will be required to check suspects' immigration status, and public schools will be required to check students' status. Michel Martin discusses the law with NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott and Allison Neal, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama.