Homayoun Ershadi's strange trip to stardom There are many ways of becoming an actor. Take the story of an international movie star with a big role in the new adaptation of "The Kite Runner." Homayoun Ershadi got his big break sitting at a traffic light.7:25 a.m.
Home for the holidays, home for good A young Minnesota man, who joined the National Guard to earn money for college, talks about getting back to civilian life after being deployed to Iraq for 16 months.7:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Mother's Magic: Stretching a Christmas Dollar
When Carrie Conley's husband left in the early 1960s, she started raising six children on her own. Even after getting a job at a hospital, Conley often asked herself a question: "Lord, what am I going to do with all these kids, by myself?"
Comedic Trio Takes Tour to Middle East
Three American comedians of Mideast decent, called the "Axis of Evil," bring their comedy show to cities like Dubai, Kuwait, Cairo and Amman. The show is so popular that producers are adding extra dates to the tour.
Sondheim & Co., Taking 'Todd' from Stage to Screen
Even in its original stage incarnation, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd is hard to categorize: It's a soaring musical about a murderous barber. So turning it into a movie was, well, a leap into the unknown.
Investigators Seek More CIA Tapes
Investigators from the House Intelligence Committee return to CIA headquarters to review documents about the destruction of videotapes that show harsh interrogation methods. Investigators also want to know about other tapes that were not destroyed. The CIA acknowledges having more tapes.
BBC Journalist Describes His Kidnapping in Gaza
BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, who was abducted in the Gaza Strip earlier this year and held for nearly four months, writes a book about his ordeal. Kidnapped: And Other Dispatches describes his ordeal. He says a radio brought by guards offered a lifeline and psychological boost.
'Daily Show' to Resume Despite Writers Strike
Comedy Central says The Daily Show and sister program, The Colbert Report, will resume taping next month. Film and television writers are on strike. So John Stewart and fellow news satirist Steven Colbert will have to improvise their monologues and interviews.
Unbeaten Patriots to Face Legendary Dolphins
Two National Football League records will be at stake this weekend when the Miami Dolphins face the unbeaten New England Patriots. The Patriots are looking unstoppable, and one of the last teams standing in their way is the Dolphins.
S. Africa's New ANC Leader to Face Charges
South Africa's top prosecutor says he has enough evidence for corruption charges against new African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma, which could derail his election as the country's next president. Zuma beat President Thabo Mbeki in a bitter ANC leadership contest Tuesday.
Kenya's Upcoming Elections Bring Ethnic Tension
Kenya's peace-loving reputation may be tested when Kenyans go to the polls next week to elect a president. The country's politics are rooted in ethnic rivalries between Kikuyu and Luo. With incumbent Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, running against Raila Odinga, a Luo, tensions may rise.
Apple Settles Suit to Keep Secrets Safe
Apple reaches a deal with a college student whose Web site leaked juicy tidbits about Apple products. The student agreed to shut down ThinkSecret.com, which has been an irritant to the company. Apple sued the site after it published details of a new computer model before its official launch.