In our second hour, Neal Conan talks with Mike Shenk, who constructs puzzles for the Wall Street Journal, about what goes into constructing a "hard to solve" puzzle.
In our second hour, Neal Conan talks with Mike Shenk, who constructs puzzles for the Wall Street Journal, about what goes into constructing a "hard to solve" puzzle. iStockphoto
Health Care Bill
President Obama is pushing his case for a health care bill to a small group of Republicans and Democrats today, on live television. Despite the high-profile bipartisan meeting, expectations among the public remain low. Today's meeting comes the same week the president unveiled his own draft of a health care bill, the third attempt at crafting legislation. NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving and health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explain what happened at today's summit and what's the likely next step for a health care overhaul.
"Which Way Home"
Five films have been nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary. Rebecca Camissa got the nod for her most-recent film, Which Way Home?, which follows Central American migrants on a long, dangerous journey on the top of a freight train through Mexico to the U.S. border. As part of the TOTN series of conversations with each of the documentary nominees, Camissa talks about making the film, and what it would mean to win the Oscar.
As the 2010 Winter Games enters its final days, the U.S. women's hockey team vies for gold as the men's team advances to the semifinals. And at Whistler, Lindsey Vonn's hopes for a third medal are dashed, and Julia Mancuso's along with her. NPR's Tom Goldman and Howard Berkes share the latest big wins and upsets, highlight some of the Games' unsung athletes, and tell us what to watch for before the competition wraps up on Sunday. Plus, no athletes have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We'll ask if doping at the Olympics is a thing of the past.
What's the Answer to 9-across?
On Tuesday, we posted on our web site the crossword used as the final puzzle last weekend at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT). The host of the ACPT, Will Shortz, called it "extremely difficult." Neal Conan talks with the author of this puzzle, Mike Shenk, who constructs puzzles for the Wall Street Journal, about how to create tough puzzles, and what it's like to watch people try to solve them.