Ski trek to North Pole is an American first An Ely man and his fellow arctic adventurer are back from an unprecedented North Pole expedition. Tyler Fish and John Huston made a 55-day trek across the Arctic Ocean without any external help; skiing, snowshoeing, and even swimming their way to the top of the Earth.6:50 a.m.
Clock ticking as Dems aim to finish Minn. budget bills on time Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate say they hope to pass the rest of their budget related bills as early as today. With six days to go before the constitutional deadline for the Legislature to finish its work, state lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty still haven't reached an overall agreement on how to erase a $4.6 billion budget deficit.7:20 a.m.
Commentator says thanks mom for not helping It's been a couple of days, but Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith is still contemplating the sentiments behind Mother's Day. He's grateful for everything his mom did for him. But a chance encounter in cyberspace has him feeling especially grateful for something his mother didn't do.8:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Video Games Find New Market With Mobile Devices
Mobile-phone games are becoming a big industry for programmers from gaming companies both large and small. With smart phones like the iPhone and BlackBerry leading the pack, a range of free and for-purchase games are transforming the devices from simple telephones to interactive experiences.
Green 'Czar' Pushes Jobs, Community-Building
Van Jones has been on a crusade to "green the ghetto" by killing two birds with one stone: reducing poverty and saving the environment. Recently appointed as Obama's "green czar," Jones now has an opportunity to implement his vision: "new work, new wealth and better health for all Americans."
Lauren Shuler Donner's Eclectic DVD Tastes
Longtime movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner's favorite flicks range from The Battle of Algiers to Tootsie. That list is as varied as her own movies, which include St. Elmo's Fire, Any Given Sunday, The Secret Life of Bees and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Will Legislative Process End Health Care Harmony?
A key Senate committee will examine options to pay for an overhaul of the health care system. On Monday, the president met with leaders of the health care industry who pledged to reduce costs. Health care experts are trying to decide whether that deal represents an actual breakthrough — or a publicity stunt.
Spending, Banking Health May Indicate Recovery
A consensus is emerging that the global economy is close to bottoming out and that the beginning of a recovery should be evident later this year. The health of the U.S. banking sector, however, remains an issue of contention.
GOP Ponders Sen. Bunning's Election Viability
Candidates are kicking off campaigns for the 2010 elections, and one of the most closely watched will be the contest for the U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky. Two term Republican incumbent Jim Bunning has announced plans to run again. That's despite concerns from GOP leaders who believe the 77-year-old political veteran may not be able to run a strong campaign.
Can Washington Help Ailing Newspaper Industry?
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking for ways to shore up the struggling newspaper industry. Bills have been introduced that would allow newspapers to operate as tax-exempt non-profits and loosen anti-trust laws. Senator John Kerry held a hearing recently to come up with answers.
Civilian Exodus In Pakistan's Swat Valley
More than 360,000 people in northwestern Pakistan have fled their homes in recent days. They were forced to leave as the country's military stepped up its offensive against the Taliban. Some have ended up in refugee camps just south of the battle zone. Graham Strong is the country director for the international aid group World Vision in Islamabad. He talks with Renee Montagne about the humanitarian crisis.
Airline Going To The Dogs ... And Cats, Too
All animals that fly on Pet Airways will be called "pawsengers" and have a pet attendant to ease their travel. Pet Airways takes flight in July with fares starting at $149 each way.