NPR News

Pages

3:35pm

Sun July 17, 2011
Author Interviews

Author George R.R. Martin 'Playing For Keeps'

Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in HBO's adaptation of Game of Thrones. In George R.R. Martin's latest novel, A Dance with Dragons, Snow has just been elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.
Nick Briggs/HBO

George R. R. Martin is best known as the man behind the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. The latest volume, A Dance With Dragons, is now in bookstores after an epic six-year wait. An HBO series based on the first book, A Game of Thrones, just wrapped up its Emmy-nominated first season.

But in the 1980s, Martin was a television writer, churning out scripts for shows like Beauty and the Beast.

Read more

3:00pm

Sun July 17, 2011
History

Through The Static, The Voice Of History

This battered tin cylinder record was found in the 1960s in a desk belonging to Thomas Edison's secretary. But no one could play it until recently.
National Park Service

The voice on the little antique cylinder record is tinny, scratchy, barely audible through storms of static. But if you listen closely, you can just hear a young woman reciting a nursery rhyme: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star."

This is the oldest known commercial recording. Made by Thomas Edison late in 1888, it's a prototype for a line of talking dolls Edison hoped to bring to market. But no one had been able to play the little cylinder in decades.

Read more

3:00pm

Sun July 17, 2011
Europe

Murdoch Aide Arrested In Hacking Scandal

The former editor of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid "News of the World" was arrested Sunday in connection with the phone hacking scandal. Also Sunday, London's top police official resigned over the scandal. Andy McSmith, a senior writer at Britain's Independent newspaper, offers his insight.

3:00pm

Sun July 17, 2011
Sports

Japan Defeats U.S. In Women's World Cup Final

Japan became the first Asian nation to win the Women's World Cup on Sunday, beating the United States in a penalty shootout after both sides were level at 2-2 after extra time. The Japanese denied the U.S. team the chance to become the first nation to lift the cup three times.

2:56pm

Sun July 17, 2011
Politics

GOP's Return To The Right Goes Too Far For Some

Twenty-four. That's the number of bills President Obama has signed into law since the swearing in of the 122th Congress this January. That's about a quarter of the amount that the president signed during the same period last year.

Certainly, productivity slips when Congress is split, but the trickle of bills passed this year suggests a new kind of logjam.

What may make this period more challenging — and not just for Obama, but even for some congressional Republicans — is a group within the party that sees compromise as a four-letter word.

Read more

Pages