Film considers the Gonzo legacy A new movie, "Gonzo: The Life and Times of Dr Hunter S. Thompson," opens across the country today. It examines the rise and fall of one of the great counter-cultural writers of the 60s and 70s.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Prices And Demand Skyrocket, Not Fireworks
A series of supply and production problems in China have caused cities across the U.S. to curtail or completely cut their fireworks shows this Fourth of July. The problems have even affected commercial sales, driving prices sky-high.
Obama Tries To Clarify Position On Ending War
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is clarifying how his upcoming trip to Iraq might affect his war policy. Obama still believes U.S. combat troops should be out within 16 months of his taking office. But he says he would be more specific about how that would happen when he returns from Iraq.
Tensions Simmer In Anbar As U.S. Handoff Nears
The U.S. military touts the relative security of Anbar — once one of the most restive areas in Iraq — after working with tribal sheiks to combat al-Qaida. But the rise of the sheiks has set off a new political conflict, and tensions still simmer beneath the surface.
Details Of The Colombian Hostage Rescue Operation
The three American military contractors who were among the 15 hostages rescued from Colombian leftist rebels have returned home safe. The rescue operation was assisted by quick thinking, acting skills and Che Guevara T-shirts.
The Real Shakespeare? Evidence Points To Earl
In the final part of Morning Edition's series about Shakespeare, co-host Renee Montagne examines the theory that the Earl of Oxford — not the man from Stratford — is actually the bard and author of the world's most famous plays.
Atlanta's 'Millenium Gate' Draws Mixed Reaction
The city of Atlanta is getting a new monument Friday. The $18 million "Millenium Gate" looks a bit like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, sandwiched between skyscrapers, retail stores and apartments. Atlanta native Rodney Cook hopes it gives the city a new icon. But local residents have mixed views.
Luxury Retailers Want eBay To Police For Knockoffs
A French court ruled this week that eBay must pay Louis Vuitton more than $60 million in damages for allowing fake goods to be sold through its site. Co-host Ari Shapiro talks with Chris Sprigman, a professor of intellectual property law at the University of Virginia, about the implications of the ruling.
Before Microsoft, Gates Solved A Pancake Problem
Before Bill Gates became a household name, he went to Harvard. His sophomore year, he was assigned a complicated mathematics problem captured his interest, which — no surprise — he solved. His paper on the solution was published, and until recently it remained the best solution to that problem: stacking pancakes.