Win Willy headed to the Kentucky Derby It's the dream of anyone who's lucky enough to own an racehorse -- to see that horse run in the Kentucky Derby. The horse Win Willy is arriving at Churchill Downs tomorrow to get ready for the Run for the Roses, which is on the first Saturday in May.7:25 a.m.
How a Pulitzer prize went to the play 'Ruined' Among the winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes was the play "Ruined," by playwright Lynn Nottage. Morning Edition arts commentator Dominic Papatola headed the drama panel which determined the winner, and he talks about the process.8:25 a.m.
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Smaller Firms May Come To Michigan's Rescue
With the demand for fresh water on the rise, former autoworkers are now finding jobs in a new industry: pump engineering. The high-efficiency pumps are used in water desalination plants.
Democrats Push For Memo Writers' Prosecution
The fallout continues from the Justice Department's release last week of four Bush Administration memos. Those previously classified documents sought to give legal cover to the CIA for severe interrogation methods widely considered torture. Pressure is growing on President Obama to prosecute those responsible for the harsh program.
'The Soloist': Living With Mental Illness On Skid Row The Soloist tells the story of Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless cellist who has schizophrenia. There are thousands of Nathaniel Ayers out there, says Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who wrote the columns that led to the film. There are also many trying to help.
Fed Opens Up Under Bernanke
The Federal Reserve has become more transparent under Chairman Ben Bernanke. He speaks on the record more often with reporters than past chairmen. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Renee Montagne about the Fed under Bernanke.
Ethnic Violence Flares In Northern Iraq
Violence is down in most of Iraq. Yet, it still plagues areas north of Baghdad where the Kurdish and Arab populations intersect. And U.S. commanders are considering a troop increase there. The town of Jalawla is an increasingly tense region along Iraq's ethnic fault line.
King: Core Middle East Problem Must Be Resolved
President Obama says he wants Israelis and Palestinians to revive stalled peace talks. He is inviting Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian leaders to the White House for separate talks. Jordan's King Abdullah, who met Obama at the White House on Tuesday, said he's convinced the U.S. is preparing for a regional approach to peace.
Old, New Media Companies Suffer Losses The New York Times and Yahoo each released first quarter earnings Tuesday — and the news was not good. With advertising dollars down sharply, both new and old media companies, are trying to battle through a poor economy.
Scholar: It's Time For The Post-Automotive Era
Detroit should look to Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh for ideas on how to become more innovative and entrepreneurial, according to author and Toronto University's business and creativity professor Richard Florida.
Pennsylvania Men Attempt Text-Messaging Record
Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt and ended up exchanging a total of 217,000. Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, relied on what they thought was an unlimited text messaging plan to get them through the challenge. Andes was startled to get a bill for $26,000 — until T-Mobile credited his account. The record hasn't been certified yet.
Bloomberg Aims To Help Wall Street Rise Again
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tells NPR that through job retraining programs and other initiatives, the city is working to keep people employed amid a crisis that has claimed hundreds of thousands of financial-sector jobs.