This week, as President Obama presented his budget plan and criticized Congressman Ryan's plan, he invoked the name of David Stockman, the first budget director under former President Ronald Reagan. Stockman also found faults in the Republican proposal, but he has criticism for Obama, too. Host Scott Simon talks with Stockman about the debate over the nation's fiscal future and the latest budget proposals from the White House and House Republicans.
Nearly one year ago, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 people and beginning one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Debbie Elliott, who has covered the spill and its aftermath.
Factory output in the U.S. has gone up for the ninth straight month, but in many rural, one-industry towns, financial hardship continues. In the Northern Maine community of Millinocket, local leaders are racing the clock to reopen two paper mills before they shut down for good, are disassembled and sold for scrap. Hundreds of jobs and the already-fragile economies of two communities are at risk.
The colorful Harvard University chemist Bill Lipscomb has died at the age of 91. He was a Nobel Laureate for his work deciphering the nature of chemical bonds. From member station WBUR in Boston, Curt Nickisch has this remembrance.
In Libya, the violent, nearly month-long conflict between forces loyal to leader Moammar Gaddafi and rebel fighters is raising questions and frustrations about the urgency and scale of the NATO air operation. Host Scott Simon talks with Stephen Flanagan, senior vice president and Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about NATO's engagement in Libya, the disagreement among allies over the level of engagement and calls from Britain and France to intensify strikes against Gadhafi's forces.