From the Top

Subscribe to From the Top feed From the Top
Assorted stories from NPR
Updated: 1 hour 8 sec ago

Study Says Motorcycle Lane Splitting Is Safe

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:50am

It may seem risky, but researchers at the University of California Berkeley say it's relatively safe for motorcycles to ride between lanes.

» E-Mail This

On Stage: Texas Renaissance Festival

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:50am

The festival bills itself as the largest renaissance festival in the country, and is celebrating its 40 years.

» E-Mail This

Canada Scrambles To Reduce Terrorism Risk

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:40am

Canadian terrorism expert Wesley Wark wonders if Canadian authorities missed an opportunity to arrest the attackers.

» E-Mail This

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:09am

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

» E-Mail This

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:53am

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

» E-Mail This

Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:13am

Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.

» E-Mail This

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' To Be Discharged Today

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:04am

The National Institutes of Health in Maryland announced that the 26-year-old who was infected while caring for a Liberian patient, has no detectable virus in her blood.

» E-Mail This

Book News: Lily King, Roz Chast And Kate Samworth Win Inaugural Kirkus Prize

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:02am

Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.

» E-Mail This

Drum Fill Friday, With Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:40am

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of handpicked fills from Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.

» E-Mail This

Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:22am

Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.

» E-Mail This

Pursuing The Mafia Into All 'Four Corners' Of Palermo

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:03am

Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.

» E-Mail This

Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

» E-Mail This

Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

» E-Mail This

Are All Human Beings Related?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

» E-Mail This

Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

» E-Mail This

Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

» E-Mail This

What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

» E-Mail This

VIDEO: Talking While Female

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:03am

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

» E-Mail This

First Listen: Grouper, 'Ruins'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:59am

Recorded with Liz Harris' voice, a piano and not much else, Ruins achieves striking intimacy, its emotional heft commanding attention throughout.

» E-Mail This

Top Stories: Ebola In Mali; Man Attacks NYPD Officers With Ax

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:20am

Also: Former Kennedy aide and NPR chief Frank Mankiewicz dies; European leaders set targets for greenhouse gas reductions; and China launches a probe to fly around the moon.

» E-Mail This

Pages

©2014 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574