Car sharing is gaining speed in the Twin Cities With gas prices creeping towards $3 per gallon, some car owners might feel like ditching their cars altogether. A couple of businesses in the Twin Cities are hoping you might indeed consider that option, and rent one of their cars instead -- even if it's only for half an hour.6:50 a.m.
Making art accessible to the poor: Remove the obstacles The needs of the poor go beyond food and shelter. Their spirits require nourishment as much as their bodies. Acting on that belief, several Twin Cities theater companies are working in various ways to make drama accessible to everyone.6:55 a.m.
Hypothermia helps heart attack patients Hypothermia is something to avoid, usually. But research has shown that inducing a mild state of hypothermia following a severe heart attack may help patients avoid brain damage and increase their survival odds.7:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Dust Storms Threaten Snow Packs
The Colorado Rockies have been blasted by six dust storms since last December. That's the worst it's been in at least two decades. And dust doesn't just make the snow look bad. It makes the snow melt fast.
Students Blossom in the Desert
There are just 11 students at California's Death Valley Elementary, one full-time teacher and one teaching aide. The small-school environment helped one pupil overcome speech and language delays, and many of her classmates are working above grade level.
Afghan Capital Calm After Deadly Riots
Security forces bring an enforced calm to Kabul a day after a deadly traffic accident involving U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked riots. At least 11 people died as protesters looted shops and shouted "death to America!" Steve Inskeep talks to New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall in Kabul.
Alleged Marine Killings Ripple Through Arab Media
U.S. Marines are under investigation for allegedly shooting and killing about two dozen Iraqi civilians in November. The deaths in the town of Haditha were not seriously investigated until March. Steve Inskeep talks to Rami Khouri, an editor at The Daily Star in Lebanon, about the Arab world's coverage of the story.
Earthquake, Volcano and Bird Flu Plague Indonesia
Indonesia is struggling to deliver aid to people who survived an earthquake that killed more than 5,400 people over the weekend. At least 22 countries have pledged to help relief efforts. At the same time, Indonesian authorities continue to watch for the eruption of an active volcano in the area. And six more human cases of bird flu have been reported.
California Aims to Slash Port Pollution
Ocean ports are among the last major unregulated sources of concentrated pollution in the country. The biggest are the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. But there's a new man in charge. Tough-talking David Freeman, who helped establish the Environmental Protection Agency says he's going to slash pollution at Southern California's ports by 80 percent.
Chinese Parents Play Matchmaker for Busy Children
In China's cities, some singles are too busy making money to date. Some have turned to big singles' parties. But others are too busy to even take that limited chance at love. So, their parents have taken it upon themselves to market their single kids.
Boston Battles Criminals Using Imported Guns
Boston is among several cities across the country coping with a disturbing wave of gun violence -- even though Massachusetts has some of the toughest gun-control laws in the country. Police say they are battling a thriving market in illegal guns imported from states with looser gun laws.
Guns Used in the Majority of U.S. Homicides
According to the government's most recent survey, a 2004 report from the Department of Justice, almost 450,000 victims of violent crimes that year said that they faced an offender with a firearm. Steve Inskeep reports on statistics about gun-related crimes.