From the Twin Cities to Duluth
There's new hope that commuter rail service could soon connect the Twin Cities and Duluth. Key funding is coming together for a feasibility study of the 150 mile line. Plus, one of the project's biggest supporters is about to have a lot more sway on transportation projects before Congress.7:25 a.m.
Middle school astronomers After competing with college students and professional scientists, eighth-graders in Champlin got a nod from NASA.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
A Former Soviet Soldier Lives Among Afghans
When the last Soviet general left Afghanistan in 1989, he declared that none of his soldiers were left behind. But at least one never went home. Gennady Tseuma was captured by mujahedeen fighters and forced to become a Muslim.
China Gets Its Own Slice of English Countryside
Shanghai's planners are resettling 500,000 people in new suburban towns, each built in a foreign style. In the second report on Shanghai's development, we visit Thames Town, which brings an English country town to China.
Booksellers Pick Their Holiday Favorites
Ah, books: One size fits all, and they're often a clear sight better than fruitcake. If you're at sea amid the scores of books on the shelves, let three independent booksellers help you narrow down your gift choices.
Iran Hosts Holocaust Deniers at Tehran Conference
Participants from around the world are meeting in Iran to discuss whether the Holocaust took place. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who in the past has called the Holocaust a "myth," initiated the conference.
U.N. Humanitarian Director Jan Egeland Leaves Post
Jan Egeland, head of the U.N. office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs, discusses the crisis in Darfur. Egeland, who's leaving his post today, also shares his assessment with Steve Inskeep of how the international community responded to crises during his tenure.
Boos Drive Opera Singer Off of La Scala's Stage
Top tenor Roberto Alagna has become the first singer in memory to walk off the stage of Milan's La Scala opera house in mid-performance. He stormed out after being booed by the audience in the middle of a performance of Verdi's Aida.
Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Area Harbors Bombers
Tribal areas in Pakistan, along the border with Afghanistan, are becoming safe havens for Afghanistan's Taliban. Training camps that support suicide bombers for missions inside Afghanistan are sprouting up in the region. Renee Montagne talks to New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall.
Work Rules Fail to End Danger from Tired Doctors
According to a rule that was adopted three years ago, doctors training in the United States are forbidden from working round-the-clock shifts more than twice a week. But a new study shows the rules aren't strict enough to prevent serious harm to patients, including fatal mistakes.
Daley to Run for Sixth Mayoral Term in Chicago
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has announced he'll run for a record sixth term in office, during which he would surpass his father as the longest serving mayor of Chicago. But overshadowing the mayor's re-election bid this time is a corruption scandal that's changing the way his campaign operates.
Nasdaq Makes Hostile Bid for the LSE
The second-largest stock market in the U.S. has launched a $5 billion hostile bid for the biggest stock market in Europe. Nasdaq has already been spurned once by the London Stock Exchange. Now it's going straight to shareholders.