Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 11:00 am
Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, NPR is looking at where the country stands now. NPR's Kelly McEvers recently visited Baghdad and offered this take on how the Iraqi capital feels today.
I think the single word that would best describe Baghdad these days is traffic. It can take hours just to get from one place to another. And I guess that's both good and bad.
Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 9:42 am
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Our last word in business today is filial piety.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
That's the ancient Chinese ethic of young people showing care and respect to their parents and older relatives. Now it's the law in China. Starting this summer, if kids don't pay enough attention to their folks, mom and dad can sue.
When President Obama recently called for stricter gun control laws, he started out by saying this.
(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: This is the land of the free, and it always will be.
INSKEEP: The land of the free, he said. But he added this.
OBAMA: We don't live in isolation. We live in a society, a government of and by and for the people. We are responsible for each other.
Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 7:35 pm
The ongoing battle between historians over who was really first in flight was rekindled last week.
New research advances the theory that a German immigrant in Connecticut is responsible for the first powered and controlled flight, rather than the Wright brothers in North Carolina.
But historians at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are saying not so fast.
Finding The Evidence
A controversial government proposal to test the anthrax vaccine in children would be unethical without first conducting much more research, a presidential commission concluded Tuesday.
"The federal government would have to take multiple steps before anthrax vaccine trials with children could be ethically considered," Amy Gutmann, who chairs the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, tells Shots. "It would not be ethical to do it today."