Novel mixes horses, riders, and encroaching wealth When Aryn Kyle began writing about a girl growing up at a Montana riding school, she meant it to be a short story. Yet, when she came back to it a few years later, it became her best-selling novel "The God of Animals."4:50 p.m.
Students march for Minnesota Dream Act Hundreds of teenagers marched to the state Capitol Tuesday morning to show support for what's known as the Minnesota Dream Act. Despite the show of enthusiasm, the legislation has little chance of passing this year.5:26 p.m.
Drop in N.Y. Prisoners Bucks Nationwide Trend
While prison populations boom across the U.S., New York has seen its number of prisoners decline. A few years ago, the state relaxed some of its stiff drug laws, and it pushes alternatives to prison. By shortening sentences, prison populations stay down.
Rice Works to Revive Middle East Peace Talks
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went to Cairo, the West Bank and Jerusalem on Tuesday to try to salvage the peace process she initiated between the Israelis and Palestinians in November. Palestinians suspended contacts with the Israelis to protest a deadly offensive in Gaza.
Reviving Oakland's Jazz and Blues Scene, Virtually
Can a video game restore a neighborhood's faded glory? A group of Berkeley students hopes so. They've set their sights on 7th Street in West Oakland, California — in the 1940s and 50s, the street was home to a vibrant music scene, but now it's bleak and deserted.
All Eyes Are on Ohio, Texas Primaries
Will John McCain go over the top? Would an Obama sweep get Clinton out of the race? Or does a Clinton victory in either state — or both — keep the battle going on to Pennsylvania on April 22? Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about what to look for in Tuesday's primary elections in Texas and Ohio.
Books by Clinton, McCain, Obama Offer Insight
Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain have written nine books among them. All the books offer some insight into the senators' lives, but that's thousands of pages for the average reader to get through. Robert Siegel talks with political analysts Ruth Marcus and Jacob Weisberg, who have read the books.
Letters: Shrimpers, Mideast Peace, Snow Germs
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listeners' responses to Monday's program. We hear reflections on our story about pressures facing Louisiana shrimp boat operators, and criticism of our discussion about the Middle East peace process. There's also praise for a report about bacteria that can actually help make rain or snow.
FCC Orders Digital TV Providers to Inform Public
The Federal Communications Commission has issued an order requiring broadcasters to air information on the digital TV transition and file quarterly reports on these efforts with the commission. The orders also require cable and satellite providers and television manufacturers to inform consumers about how they will be affected.
New Technologies Challenge FCC to Evolve
Chairman Kevin Martin's foiled attempt to regulate cable may signal an inability for the FCC to exert influence over new technologies that will eventually become more dominant than broadcast media. The FCC will have to change to remain relevant.
Prison Closings Trouble Upstate New York
The drop in inmate populations in New York comes as terrible news in the state's northern counties, where prisons are a big part of the economy. Empty jail beds have led the governor to propose closing four prisons. Some residents are fighting to keep them open.
Military, Diplomatic Crisis Deepens Around Colombia
On Saturday, Colombian troops crossed into Ecuador and killed 17 Colombian rebels — known as the FARC — including Raul Reyes, the second-ranking commander of the Marxist group. In response to the incursion, both Ecuador and Venezuela have severed diplomatic ties with Colombia and are sending troops to their borders.