Osmo Vanska composes a musical 'bridge' The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is premiering a new work by Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska, called "The Bridge." It's inspired in part by the collapse of the I-35W bridge last summer.4:49 p.m.
Steven C works his piano St. Paul musician Steven Anderson, or Steven C., as his stage name goes, has built a thriving behind-the-scenes career in the "New Age" music industry as a producer and pianist. Now he's stepping out of the shadows with a new CD.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Families Search for Living in Dujiangyan
About 20 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, Dujiangyan, China, has gone from a booming metropolis of more than a half-million to a teeming tent city. Residents are still looking for family members — or trying to let them know they are alive.
Songs of Sadr Provide Soundtrack for Shiite Militia
The Iraqi government has banned the distribution and public broadcast of a popular genre of war-like songs that praise the fighters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr. Supporters say the music is patriotic; the government says it incites terrorism.
Polygamy Cafe Feeds the Hungry and Curious
The Merry Wives Cafe is owned and operated by members of a polygamist group with a sense of business, humor and public relations. The Utah cafe opened last year to give locals and travelers a place to eat. It also allows owners to gently confront polygamy's battered image.
Gay Marriage May Affect the 2008 Election
The last time a state Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal, it was Massachusetts in 2003. The fallout helped Republicans boost turnout in 2004 and hold the White House. Times have changed since then, but it remains to be seen how big the issue could be for Republicans in 2008.
Obama's Cash Machine, Built in Silicon Valley
For Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, Barack Obama's youth and relatively short resume is a plus. That's the premise of a feature article by Joshua Green, author of an article in The Atlantic titled "The Amazing Money Machine: How Silicon Valley Made Barack Obama This Year's Hottest Start-Up."
Photographer Feels Weight of His Myanmar Images
Will Baxter, a photojournalist for World Pictures Network, has provided an eyewitness account of the devastation he's seen in Myanmar. Noah Adams talks with Baxter about how his images have left lasting impressions. Baxter's photographs have been featured in The New York Times and Newsweek.
Aid Efforts Stymied by China, Myanmar Tragedies
Two catastrophes have struck this month — the cyclone in Myanmar and the earthquake in China. As the death tolls in these two countries mount, so does the need for aid. But Myanmar has been reluctant to let relief workers into the country, and China says it will accept foreign aid on its own timetable. But how do people give if they want to help the victims?
Military Wives Fight Army to Help Husbands
Spouses of troops suffering from postwar mental trauma have made it their mission to force the military to give soldiers the treatment they need. Military wives — traditionally known as "the silent ranks" — have transformed into unexpected activists.
A Writer in Europe: Olshan's 'The Conversion'
Book reviewer Alan Cheuse examines The Conversion, the eighth novel by Joseph Olshan. Set in present-day Italy, Olshan bring us the story of a young expatriate writer in France and Italy and his apprenticeship in art and life.
Internment Camp Survivor Gets Honorary Degree
Along with more than 400 other Japanese-American students, Ruby Inouye never finished her degree at the University of Washington in Seattle because she was sent to an internment camp in Idaho during World War II. The university is awarding honorary degrees 66 years later.