Can the new bridge stand the heat? Lead designer of the I-35W bridge replacement project, Linda Figg, talked to All Things Considered about how the new bridge will accommodate the state's extreme weather.5:20 p.m.
'My Kid Could Paint That' - or could she? Amir Bar-Lev's life changed the day he heard abstract paintings by 4-year-old girl were selling for thousands of dollars. His film called "My Kid Could Paint That," opens locally this weekend.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Prince: Too Soon to Judge Blackwater
Erik Prince, founder and CEO of Blackwater Worldwide, says that evidence suggests security contractors working for his firm did indeed come under attack during a Sept. 16 shooting incident in Baghdad that resulted in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians.
Trudeau Compiles Dispatches from 'The Sandbox'
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau's latest book is Doonesbury.com's The Sandbox, a collection of blog posts by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trudeau says his goal was to provide a flavor of what life is like in those war zones.
Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll: Clapton After 'Cocaine'
In his new memoir, guitarist Eric Clapton writes candidly about his many battles with drugs and alcohol. Now sober, the 62-year-old Clapton discusses his struggle to overcome his addictions and how he has turned to music for salvation.
John Edwards Fights for Rural Iowa Votes
John Edwards, who perhaps needs a victory in Iowa more than any of his main rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination — and who has far less money than his main rivals for the nomination — kicks off a "barnstorm for rural America" across western Iowa.
Kansas Sen. Brownback Drops White House Bid
The 2008 Republican presidential field narrowed a bit Thursday when Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas told friends he'll announce the end of his campaign Friday. Meantime, John McCain has been trying to revive his bid for the White House by talking to voters in South Carolina.
Candidates' Likenesses are Halloween Favorites
A Halloween store in Manhattan unveils its political costume collection. Rudolph Giuliani and Hillary Clinton costumes are predictable and perennial New York favorites. How are the other presidential candidates playing this Halloween?
Congresswoman Advocates for Transgender Rights
A House committee is considering an employment anti-discrimination bill that includes protection for gays and lesbians, but not for transgender people. Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, the only openly gay woman in Congress, plans to introduce an amendment to put transgender people back in.
Fla. Town Faces Threat to Gay-Friendly Ranking
Fort Lauderdale residents are bracing for a possible economic backlash in their Florida community after controversial remarks by their mayor, Jim Naugle, who held what he called a crusade against homosexuals in September. But Out Traveler magazine released a readers' poll this week listing Fort Lauderdale as one of the top gay tourism destinations.
Neanderthals, Humans Share Language Gene
Three years ago, scientists reported that they'd found a gene that was involved in language. The gene is found throughout the animal kingdom, but the human version is slightly different from all the others, and scientists speculated that the changes in the human version might partly explain why humans can talk and chimps can't. Now, scientists have found that Neanderthals had the same version of the gene that modern humans do.
Letters: Guns in Schools, Nooses, Eric Clapton
Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' letters and e-mails, including responses to our story about a gun-toting schoolteacher, commentary on nooses and racism, and our story about a guitar-playing legend.