Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements One of the many policy riders tucked inside the trillion-dollar spending bill reverses a rule that long-haul truckers take two nights off for every 70 hours they drive. Safety groups are angry.
Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court told Ollie's Barbecue in Birmingham, Ala., that the government had a right to order it — and all restaurants — to seat African-Americans.
It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire The themed party trend is on us again, and holiday garb bedecked with bells, lights and way too much tinsel is selling fast. Show us your best holiday monstrosity — use the hashtag #NPRuglysweaters.
London Men Decks Their Beards With Beads And Baubles The hottest Christmas trend — at least according to a London ad agency — is Beard Baubles: tiny ornaments to hang on facial hair. NPR's Scott Simon ponders the ramifications of this fashion statement.
Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Olympic Reforms, Cubs Gain Lester: The Week In Sports NPR's Tom Goldman discusses the latest rule changes to hit the International Olympic Committee and the NFL, but NPR's Scott Simon is most excited about all the sports talent heading soon to Chicago.
Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu The end of the 113th Congress means a lot of goodbyes for retiring members and for those who lost in November. That means, at least for a moment, partisanship took some time off on the Senate floor.
Holder Won't Force NYT Journalist To Reveal Source The Justice Department has decided not to make journalist James Risen reveal a source. Correspondent David Folkenflik tells NPR's Scott Simon about a case that became a flashpoint for press freedom.
NYT Reporter: Brutal Interrogations Rose In CIA's Post-9/11 Chaos NPR's Scott Simon talks with <em>New York Times</em> reporter Mark Mazzetti about the evolution of the CIA's approach to counter-terrorism, from interrogations to drone attacks.