Whose hoot Every Friday night, the basement at Java Jack's coffee shop in Minneapolis is overtaken by the The Mad Ripple's Friday Night Hootenanny. Organizer and singer/songwriter Jim Walsh, aka the Mad Ripple, says the hootenanny is a rare chance for local musicians and the audience to make a connection.4:50 p.m.
The Shues tell their story through film and soccer Say the name Elisabeth Shue to many people, and they'll bring up the actress' popular films like "The Karate Kid" and "Adventures in Babysitting." And, of course, her Oscar-nominated performance in "Leaving Las Vegas." Shue now has a very different kind of film about to open. "Gracie" is a fictional story, based on her experiences as a teenage athlete.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Subjects of 'Kabul Beauty School' Face New Risks
The real-life subjects of a book about how Afghanistan women cope with their country's restrictive taboos say the book's success has exposed them to a variety of risks. They also claim that Deborah Rodriguez, the author of Kabul Beauty School, broke a promise that she would help them.
Kidnappers Release Video of BBC Reporter
The kidnappers of Alan Johnston, a BBC correspondent in Gaza, have released a video of Johnston, the first sign that he might be still alive since he was captured. Johnston was abducted 11 weeks ago, apparently by Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida. The video was undated.
Home-Schooled Student Wins Spelling Bee
Evan M. O'Dorney is the 2007 champion of the 80th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last night, the 13-year-old beat out 286 champion spellers from around the world by spelling "serrefine," a noun of French origin describing the small forceps used in surgical procedures. O'Dorney, a home-schooled eighth grader from Danville, Calif., won a $35,000 prize, a $5,000 scholarship, and a $2,500 savings bond.
California Considers Leasing Out Its Lottery
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is exploring the possibility of contracting out the lottery to private investors, hoping to reap an upfront multibillion-dollar lease payment and fatter jackpots. Critics say the move would hurt education funding.
Fade to Gray: California Tries New Eye Test
The state of California is considering changes to its driving test - specifically, to the eye charts they use to test vision. They are trying it out at six DMV offices right now. Instead of using the familiar scenario - lines of letters that get progressively smaller - they have charts that have letters that are the same size, but the print gets progressively lighter.
Minnesota's Democratic Rep. Walks Line on Iraq War
Freshman Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) ousted a six-term GOP incumbent in 2006 by running on an anti-war platform. He was among the House Democrats who voted for an unsuccessful amendment calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq within 90 days. Still, Walz went ahead last week and voted for the supplemental war funding.
LeBron James Rises to Occasion in Playoff Win
Thursday night's NBA playoff game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons featured a memorable performance from LeBron James, who led the Cavaliers to a double-overtime victory by scoring his team's final 25 points. Fatsis says that at 22, James is a studious player with a rare kind of vision that invites comparisons to Michael Jordan.
'Sgt. Pepper,' an Album That Shaped an Era
The Beatles', Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released June 1, 1967, in Britain, and on June 2 in the United States. The album became a phenomenon, and its sound was perfect for the then-new frequencies of FM.
Ex-Chief Calls for Scrapping Justice Dept. Watchdog
A respected former head of the Office of Professional Responsibility says the Justice Department-controlled office should be abolished. The unit helps monitor ethics at Justice — but it is controlled by the attorney general. The other Justice watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, is independent.