Device keeps heart patients alive and active When former Vice President Dick Cheney got his new heart pump earlier this month, most people had never heard of a ventricular assist device.
But VADs, more commonly known as heart pumps, are being used to keep more and more people with chronic heart failure alive.7:25 a.m.
English-only proposal divides Lino Lakes residents The northern Twin Cities suburb of Lino Lakes could be the first city in Minnesota to declare English as its official language -- an idea that has divided residents in the community of about 19,000.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
A Handy Bunch: Tools, Thumbs Helped Us Thrive
The evolving anatomy of the human hand gave humans great dexterity and fine motor skills. With these advances came the ability to make stone tools and primitive knives. Anthropologists are now studying how our ancestors learned to make tools, and how these tools shaped our bodies.
Tiny Eye Telescope Brings Back A World Of Sight
The FDA has approved a new treatment to help older people with age-related macular degeneration. A tiny eye telescope is implanted into the eye to magnify images. The device could restore quality of life to people who are nearly blind, FDA officials say, but there are some potential drawbacks.
Offshore Stem Cell Clinics Sell Hope, Not Science
US patients spend tens of thousands of dollars travelling to foreign stem cell clinics for treatments that aren't available in the US. But scientists say some of these clinics are scams, selling unproven, worthless treatments to desperate people with incurable diseases.
War Stories: A Reporter's Education In The Mideast
Megan Stack hadn't planned on becoming a war correspondent. But then Sept. 11 happened, and she found herself in the Middle East — the beginning of a seven-year stint of wartime reporting. In Every Man in This Village Is a Liar, Stack reflects on the experience of reporting from war-torn countries.
Jennifer Egan Does Avant-Garde Fiction — Old School
Influenced by both The Sopranos and Marcel Proust, Jennifer Egan takes her readers on a swirling, playful ride through time in A Visit from the Goon Squad, a novel of linked short stories — including one told as a PowerPoint presentation — that defies categorization.
Looking Back On 20 Years Of Disability Rights
When commentator Ben Mattlin was growing up, it was legal to discriminate against people like him. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, he's always used a wheelchair. Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which he says transformed his life.
Reports: BP May Oust Hayward
Tony Hayward reportedly will be sacked Monday as BP's CEO. The company is trying to recover from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Ed Crooks, who is following the story for the Financial Times, offers his insight.
Gulf Evacuations Delay Cleanup Operations
St. Bernard Parish moved valuable oil skimmers and other vessels away for safety as Tropical Storm Bonnie headed toward the Louisiana coastline last week. Parish officials are working to get boats back downstream to the Gulf of Mexico.
In Egypt, Rare Police Brutality Trial Draws Scrutiny
The policemen are accused of beating an Internet cafe customer to death after he refused to show them his ID. The case has attracted attention from Egyptians fed up with living in what they describe as a police state.
Cuba Marks Anniversary Of Revolution
Cubans celebrate Monday the 57th anniversary of the armed revolt that led former Cuban leader Fidel Castro to topple Fulgencio Batista. But the country is now facing a host of problems from corruption to economic stagnation to imprisoned political dissidents.