Sounds From The First Day Of School

Millions of children are heading back to school this fall, and to mark the traditional start of the school year we’ve asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds.

Faced With Ukrainian Turmoil, NATO Considers New ‘Rapid Reaction Force’

In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

Detroit’s Fiscal Future Rests With A Federal Judge

Detroit’s future comes down to this: a federal trial over the city’s plan to emerge from largest municipal bankruptcy ever in the U.S. As Detroit Public Radio’s Quinn Klinefelter reports, city officials argue the plan is the best way to propel Detroit into prosperity — but some major creditors aren’t pleased with it.

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.