Patient argues for changes to drug trials "Obviously we're not talking about a cure for ALS here," Bruce Kramer says. But if a medicine helps a patient feel better, "that would certainly be helpful."6:45 a.m.
Powerful storm, heavy winds batter state A swath of thunderstorms swept across Minnesota early this morning, with winds up to 85 mph, nearly one-inch hailstones and flash flooding reported in Morris, Starbuck and Glenwood.6:55 a.m.
Latest science illuminates ancient Maya world The largest modern show of Maya artifacts opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It explores the complex society which built huge cities across Central America over a millennium ago.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama's Pick To Lead FBI Adds New Layer To Privacy Debate
President Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday. Comey is best-known for raising alarms about a secret surveillance program during the Bush years. That issue has taken on new resonance after the latest revelations of government surveillance.
Can Iran's New President Resolve Nuclear Program Dispute?
Many are wondering whether Iran's newly elected president Hassan Rowhani will be able to change his nation's posture on nuclear enrichment and convince the West to end crippling economic sanctions. To find out, Steve Inskeep talks to Gary Samore, a former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction.
Protests In Brazil Gain Steam, Violence Increases
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians turned out in cities across the country in mass demonstrations Thursday night. Despite government pledges to reverse fare hikes for subway and bus rides, public anger is only rising.
2 Syrian Rebels Share Their Stories
U.S. and European officials meet on Saturday to decide how to increase their aid to the rebels in Syria. The U.S. is deepening its involvement in Syria's Civil War. Steve Inskeep, who recently was in Syria reporting for Morning Edition, has the story of two rebels.
China's Credit Crunch Felt Across Financial Markets
The lending rate between Chinese banks spiked dramatically on Thursday, creating a credit crunch. Renee Montagne talks to NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt about the turbulence in China's banking system, and how authorities in Beijing are responding.
'Last Word' Pays Homage To Actor James Gandolfini
Gandolfini, who died this week while vacationing in Italy, became famous for his role in The Sopranos. Tony Soprano, the mob boss, described his job as "waste management consultant." Call it what you want, but on the job, Tony Soprano had plenty of business insights.
House Votes Down 5-Year Farm Bill
Members of the House on Thursday rejected the measure, studded with Republican priorities. In the past, the farm bill has been a model of bipartisan support. But defections in both parties spelled the bill's doom.