The Unthinkable

Sanaa, Yemen, one of the oldest and most treasured cities in the world, became a battleground this summer. Photographer Alex Potter was there when the unthinkable happened, and bore witness to the cost of a war on civilians.

What Does Music Look Like?

When designer Denise Burt started making classical music album covers, she knew nothing about the music. That might have been to her advantage. Check out eight of her visual creations -- and then hear the music that inspired them.

A Girl Can Dream

In Afghanistan, men do most of the talking. So we went to a school and talked to kids. We met girls and boys who have big dreams. But is their country ready for them?

The Truth About America's Graduation Rate

Graduation rates have been rising since 2002. NPR Ed enlisted the help of 14 reporters at member stations around the country to find out why.

Audio Quality Quiz Results: You Did Slightly Better Than Guessing Randomly

We asked you to listen to six songs at different audio qualities. Most listeners had a hard time telling the difference between a low-quality MP3 and a lossless WAV.

How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?

A hi-def test for your ears (and your audio equipment): Listen to these songs and see if you can tell the difference between an MP3 and an uncompressed audio file.

Drowned Out

Scientist Chris Clark has been listening to whales for decades. But he says it's getting harder to hear them -- and for them to hear each other. Listen to all the noise we're making. Then imagine being a whale.

The Bus Station

Last year, 21,000 inmates were released in Huntsville, Texas -- one of the largest prison towns in America. For most of them, the gateway to the free world is the Huntsville Greyhound station. Here is the story by John Burnett, with photos by David Gilkey.

Photo I Love: Reid Wiseman

Not many people can say they've Tweeted selfies from a spacewalk. Astronaut Reid Wiseman can. Back on Earth, he shares a few of his #spacetweets -- and one photo he really loves.

Photo I Love: Thomas Allen Harris

Thomas Allen Harris made an entire film about photos. In a two-minute audio short, he shares just one -- of his grandparents -- and explains what it has to do with the American family photo album.

Life After Death

The world is starting to forget about Ebola. The village of Barkedu can't.

A Brother And Sister Fall In Love

While looking through old family photos as a kid, John Fugelsang discovered something strange about his mother. Hint: It had to do with being Catholic.

Songs We Love 2014

Put on your headphones and listen to more than 300 of NPR Music's favorite songs from 2014.

NPR Election Party

Stream election results, data and news, NPR-style. Optimized for your TV, Chromecast or coffee table. #nprparty

The End of Neighbhorhood Schools

New Orleans is home to the nation’s first all-charter district. Is this the future of education?


As a member of the NPR Visuals Team, I developed Borderland, a series of 12 short stories about the U.S.-Mexico border. The stories are told in a slideshow format that puts images first, and the stories are told through a variety of methods.

Grave Science

America’s effort to bring home its war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods.

Why Should Journalists Code?

In preparation for a presentation, I was looking for convincing arguments written by smart people on why journalists should learn to code. While I found some, I wanted more, and I wanted more concise arguments.

Wolves at the Door

My first project with the NPR Visuals Team, Wolves at the Door is a photo essay that uses natural ambient audio as a textural element.

News Developer First Projects

News Developer First Projects compiles submissions of the first interactive news project published by various news developers, including employees of NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major organizations. They are uniformly terrible.

North by Northwestern Housing Guide


SoundCite connects to SoundCloud and allows a user to create embeddable, inline audio clips like this. The tool is meant to be friction-free and usable by journalists and publishers with absolutely no programming experience.