Dec 6, 2013 — President Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until Monday — a symbolic gesture of a nation in mourning. It's a tradition observed by countries around the world, one that began as early as the 17th century.
Dec 6, 2013 — There are two speeches delivered by the late Nelson Mandela that changed the course of history and cemented his legacy as one of the most revered leaders of our time.
Dec 6, 2013 — Also: Ursula K. Le Guin on being called a "sci-fi writer"; new poems from John Ashbery; Richard Brody on Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Dec 6, 2013 — At home and abroad, mourners remembered Nelson Mandela as the father of South Africa. In front of his home in Johannesburg, hundreds gathered to sing in praise of the departed anti-apartheid leader.
Dec 5, 2013 — The icon who became South Africa's first black president died after a prolonged lung infection.
Dec 5, 2013 — Radio producer Joe Richman tells the story of how he discovered the tape of Nelson Mandela's famous speech at his 1964 sabotage trial, where he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Sep 1, 2013 — Doctors says the 95-year-old former South African president and anti-apartheid leader will be able to get the same level of intensive care at his residence in Johannesburg.
Sep 1, 2013 — The former South African president went home from a hospital today and will continue to receive care for his recurring lung infection at his Johannesburg home.
Aug 31, 2013 — The former South African president and anti-apartheid leader is still in a Pretoria hospital with a lung infection despite reports that he'd returned home.
Jul 28, 2013 — Before they came to power, Mandela and Mugabe had remarkably similar lives. But then their fortunes diverged, with Mandela becoming a global icon and Mugabe presiding over a country that has been in decline.