Novel explores the legacy of Indian boarding schools Bemidji-based writer Kent Nerburn writes fictional narratives based on the real stories of people he has met on reservations in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Nerburn's latest book, "The Wolf at Twilight," explores the sad legacy of the Indian Boarding schools.4:53 p.m.
Health care bill with 'public option' nears vote in House A vote on the House version of the health care overhaul bill, which includes a so-called "public option," could come this weekend, and supporters believe the alternative would inject more competition into the health insurance market.5:20 p.m.
Minn. to cover patients after health program ends The Minnesota Department of Human Services said today that low-income Minnesotans who are scheduled to lose taxpayer funded health insurance in March will be rolled into a different state program.5:25 p.m.
Finding a home in language Somali immigrants face many challenges adjusting to life in America. As part of our Youth Radio Series, Sadiya Mohamed describes her search for home in America.5:46 p.m.
U.S. Envoy To U.N. Defends Extensive Afghan Review
The U.S. envoy to the U.N. rejects claims that the Obama administration's pace of determining a strategy in Afghanistan is a sign of weakness. What would be "weak and dangerous," Susan Rice says, is a rushed decision made without thoroughly considering the implications for U.S. national security.
Ahead Of Debate, Health Care Battle Lines Drawn
Democratic House leaders are keeping lawmakers in town over the weekend to work on their health care bill. President Obama is expected to rally support on the Hill on Saturday. With every step this legislation takes toward becoming law, the fervor — on both sides — gets stronger.
Flu Threat Looms As Mecca Readies For Pilgrims
The H1N1 virus is a major concern for Saudi Arabian authorities, who are gearing up to host millions of Muslims on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Health officials are making recommendations and monitoring pilgrims, but otherwise can do little to mitigate the virus' spread.
Investigators Probe Fort Hood Shooting
In Fort Hood, Texas, investigators are collecting information about Thursday's deadly attack at a soldier processing center. Thirteen people were killed, 12 of them soldiers, and 30 were wounded when a gunman, identified as Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire in the facility.
Shooting Spotlights Muslims In Military
The shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has raised questions about the experience of Muslims who serve in the military. Rafael LanTigua, a lieutenant in the Army National Guard and a Muslim chaplain candidate, says Muslims have served in the armed forces since the Revolutionary War.
Remembering Victims Of Fort Hood Shooter
Thirteen people were killed Thursday in Fort Hood, Texas, when a gunman opened fire. Among the dead were 29-year-old Sgt. Amy Krueger, who enlisted soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and Aaron Nemelka, a 19-year-old from West Jordan, Utah.
Week In Politics Reviewed
This week, Republicans took governorships in Virginia and New Jersey, and Democrats won a long-held GOP House seat in New York. Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing for a possible health care vote this weekend. E.J. Dionne, of The Washington Post, and David Brooks, of The New York Times, discuss the week in politics.
Letters: Afghanistan, Gibbons
Listeners respond to the coverage Thursday of Afghanistan, and the postcard from Sumatra. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.
When Life Is This Hard, Stubbornness Is A Virtue
Claireece "Precious" Jones is living a nightmare: she's morbidly obese, twice impregnated by her father, mentally and physically abused by her mother. But just as her life seems entirely untenable, fate offers a way out — and slowly, with a mulish persistence, Precious starts to come into her own. (Recommended)
Sapphire's Story: How 'Push' Became 'Precious'
The gritty realism of the film Precious is even more intense in the novel Push, upon which the film is based. Author Sapphire discusses the inspiration for her work — and her initial reluctance to allow her work to become a film.