Study: Multi-tasking behind the wheel is a bad idea A new study shows that people drive slower when they're using their cell phones, because they are not as attentive as other drivers. This is the latest evidence that multi-tasking behind the wheel can adversely affect how you drive.5:24 p.m.
Travelers generally sanguine about merger Northwest Airlines' 1986 merger with Republic Airlines was fraught with labor unrest and service snafus. But travelers do not seem too upset about the prospect of the Eagan-based carrier merging again.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Stock Markets' Volatility Reflects Fears of Slowdown
After losing ground for five consecutive days, U.S. stocks gained some ground Wednesday. In Europe, the story was quite different. The approach taken by central bankers in the United States and elsewhere has diverged — in ways that could have a big effect on the U.S. economy.
Ex-Treasury Secretary Assesses Recession Risk
Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin says he favors a stimulus package to address recent turmoil in the U.S. economy, and describes measures he thinks would minimize the risks. But he warns that people should be cautious about using the word "recession."
Vistas, Science and Staying Warm at the South Pole
NPR's Danny Zwerdling is at the South Pole, reporting for the Climate Connections series. Michele Norris talks to Zwerdling about what the pole looks like, why scientists flock to the bottom of the Earth — and just what it takes to stay warm in wind-chill temperatures nearing 50 degrees below zero.
Examining Obama's 'Present' Votes in Illinois
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has been criticized by his Democratic rivals for voting "present," rather than a more definitive "yes" or "no," when he was a state legislator. But Obama says these accusations do not take into account the nature of Illinois politics.
Fresh Violence Erupts in Kenya as Annan Mediates
In Kenya, a funeral for opposition members killed in the violent political crisis dissolved in fumes of tear gas as police battled stone-throwing youths. The latest violence came as former U.N. Chief Kofi Annan began talks to try to resolve the post-election stalemate that threatens what had been East Africa's most stable nation.
Idle Bridge a Symbol of Baghdad's Sectarian Divide
Despite security improvements in Baghdad, wounds are hard to heal, and fears of more sectarian bloodshed remain. Two years ago, as thousands of Shiite pilgrims crossed the bridge over the Tigris River, gunfire sparked panic and a stampede that killed more than 900 people. The bridge has been closed since then.
'Life Class' Follows Art Student to WWI Battlefields
Alan Cheuse reviews British author Pat Barker's World War I novel Life Class, which reaches bookstores next week. It centers on lessons learned by a British art student who volunteers to drive an ambulance on the battlefields of Belgium.
Auction Could Dictate Future of Wireless Devices
On Thursday, the FCC will begin auctioning off part of the wireless spectrum — space that will be vacated when TV broadcast moves to digital in 2009, and maybe the last parts of the spectrum that will be available for a long time. The buyers — and how much they buy — could dictate how mobile computing devices will work for years to come.
'U2 3D' — Better Than the Real Thing?
A new concert film featuring the band U2 was shot in digital 3-D. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's so realistic that he wanted to tell the guy sitting in front of him to stop waving his arms — then realized that the arms were on the screen.