Michael Thompson, a carpenter in Norfolk, England, may have just won a one-pound bet. He claimed that he could build anything out of wood, so a friend challenged him to build a wooden bicycle. Thompson calls his creation a "Splinter-Bike." Host Scott Simon speaks with Thompson about his bike, which has only one gear, no brakes and weighs 71 pounds.
In recent days, home mortgage interest rates have ticked up very slightly but are still quite low, well below 5 percent. This spring's low rates have helped boost mortgage applications, both for refinancing and purchases. NPR's Chris Arnold reports on the outlook for the housing sector this summer, and the industry's one bright spot: cheap mortgages.
On May 4, 2007, most of Greensburg, Kan., was blown off the face of the Earth. Eleven people died, and hundreds of survivors fled, never to return. Host Scott Simon speaks with John Janssen, the former mayor of Greensburg, about what newly-devastated communities can expect as they try to rebuild.
About to hit theaters, X-Men: First Class is a prequel to previous X-Men blockbusters, based on characters from Marvel Comics born with an X-factor gene mutation that gives them special powers. Host Scott Simon speaks to actor Michael Fassbender, who plays Magneto in the new movie.
In the South this time of year, rural communities gather to clean and decorate their local cemeteries. It's a tradition called "Decoration Day," and not surprisingly, it's thought to be the inspiration for Memorial Day. NPR's Paul Brown reports.