When bridge-building becomes art Painter Scott Lloyd Anderson says he couldn't bear to go and look at the collapsed 35W bridge. It was just too tragic. Nowadays though, he's over at the construction site regularly, painting pictures of the new bridge.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
D.C. Police Use Radical Tactic to Combat Homicides
Police Chief Lanier says the Trinidad neighborhood has seen a spike in homicides, mostly as a result of drive-by shootings by outside "rival crews." Last weekend, police set up a checkpoint. She says it's working.
Trees Do Their Best Work with Thermostats at 70
Scientists have uncovered a jaw-dropping fact: Trees around the world employ a range of tricks to keep their leaf temperature at 70 degrees when they soak up the sun and produce wood and sugar. It's as true for a tree growing in the tropics as for a tree in the frigid North.
The Slants: Trading in Stereotypes
After breakthrough shows at anime conventions, The Slants' members have found a devoted audience of media-savvy teenagers. With a mostly Asian lineup, the band challenges and pokes fun at the stereotypes of Asian-American identity.
Pakistan Blames U.S. for Deadly Rocket Attack
Pakistan has blamed the death of 11 of its troops on a U.S.-led coalition attack on the border with Afghanistan. It called the strike cowardly and unprovoked. The U.S. military says rockets were fired from Afghanistan into Pakistan, after allied troops came under attack.
Bush Meets with Indifference on Rome Visit
President Bush might have expected a hostile reception when he arrived in Italy today. Previously, tens of thousands protested his visits, but only about 2,000 opposed Bush's visit to the Italian capital today. Most Romans were either indifferent, or angry about the restrictive security measures.
Darfur Crime Wave Threatens The Most Vulnerable
Banditry has become so prevalent on Darfur's roads that carjackers operate openly. Their targets are aid workers and peacekeepers, but the real victims are the displaced Darfuris living in camps who are receiving less food as a result of the crimes.
Computerized Patient Records Program Starts
Medicare has just launched a pilot program to get doctors to computerize their offices. Officials say electronic health records will cure many of the ills of modern medical care, but some doctors are concerned about the loss of privacy for patients, and the cost of computerization.
Program Treats Addicts in Health Care
Statistics show that health care workers become addicted and depressed at the same rates as the general population. However, there is no leeway for impairment when it comes to patient safety. Washington state is one of 48 states that have confidential programs aimed at helping addicted health workers get into treatment.
Letters: India Cows; Obama and the Economy
Michelle Norris reads listeners' letters including a correction to Robert Krulwich's story on India, plastic bags and cows. She also reads some comments about her interview with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Kidd Jordan: Honoring a Jazz Patriarch
New York City's Vision Festival honors New Orleans saxophonist Kidd Jordan Wednesday night. He still remains unknown outside avant-garde jazz circles, but Jordan says that doesn't matter. Staying true to his roots, Jordan teaches music in his hometown, where many of jazz's elite players have studied under him.