Rochester school honors civil rights activist This weekend, residents of Rochester, Minn., will dedicate a new elementary school which is named in honor of George Gibbs, a civil rights activist, a military veteran, an entrepreneur -- and the first African-American to set foot on Antarctica.7:25 a.m.
Good news for Brett Favre and other older athletes Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will celebrate his 40th birthday tomorrow, still playing in a league where the average age for players is around 27. Football can be a punishing game for an aging body. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked about aging athletes with an expert on fitness after 40.8:25 a.m.
More drunken driving offenders using ignition device A small but growing number of drunken driving offenders in Minnesota are using an electronic device designed to keep them from reoffending, a program first piloted in Hennepin and Beltrami counties and has now expanded statewide.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
To Casket Or Not To Casket?
Bernd Heinrich, one of America's great field biologists, talks with NPR's Robert Krulwich about what to do with our bodies after we're dead. Is it better to be buried, "beetlized," or frozen solid and shattered into a million pieces?
Struggles As A Boy Led To Strength As A Father
With four daughters, Michael Cahn says he has never wanted sons — his troubled boyhood made him feel like he could not raise one properly. As he prepared to walk one of his daughters down the aisle, he told her how much joy she's brought to his life.
Insurers Say Changes Could Derail Health Bill
To keep the overhaul bill under President Obama's $900 spending limit, subsidies for middle-class families were reduced. So to prevent those families who can't afford insurance from being punished, proposed penalties were dramatically cut. That, insurance officials say, could backfire in a big way.
A Tough-Guy Film Fest With George Pelecanos
Novelist George Pelecanos knows crime: He's authored 16 detective novels set in Washington, D.C., and has written and produced for HBO's The Wire. Pelecanos shares his recommendations for great films featuring gangsters, gamblers and gun battles.
Health Care Bill Gets Support From GOP Off The Hill
Several prominent Republicans, some courted by the Obama administration, have a message for their colleagues in Congress: When it comes to health care, you can't just say no. But will endorsements from Republicans outside Congress affect how Republicans inside Congress cast their votes?
Rewriting The Rules Of The Financial System
The government — and taxpayers — rescued some of the nation's biggest companies in the heat of the financial crisis to prevent the economy from collapsing. The Obama administration says it has a plan to prevent a "Too Big To Fail" bailout from happening again, but there are some surprising points of view about whether that plan could work.
Obama's Peace Nobel Comes Early In Presidency
President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the prize committee said. It's not unheard of for a sitting American president to win the prize: Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson won while in office — but not in their first year.
French Official Under Fire For Writing On Paid Sex
When film director Roman Polanski was detained in Switzerland, one of the strongest critics of his arrest was French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand. Now Mitterrand, a nephew of a former French president, is in political hot water himself because of revelations about having paid boys for sex in Thailand.
L.A. Philharmonic's Revolutionary New Conductor
An energetic young conductor from Venezuela is taking the reins of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as its new music director. Gustavo Dudamel, a product of the revolutionary Venezuelan music teaching technique called "El Sistema" brings something of a rock star aura to his new post.
Barnes & Noble Arms Itself To Compete With Kindle
Another company is plunging into the increasingly competitive market for e-readers. According to the Wall Street Journal, Barnes and Noble could have a new one out as early as next month. It would compete with Amazon, which just dropped the price of its Kindle, and Sony, which has three different e-readers.