Will Sibley join the push for public broadband? More than 50 elected officials -- county commissioners, city council members, township board supervisors -- gathered in the Arlington Community Center last night to inch ahead a plan to lay fiber optic lines to every home and business in the county plus those in and around neighboring Fairfax in Renville County.4:48 p.m.
The latest on the economy, housing and retail The National Retail Federation said today that retail holiday sales, excluding autos, gas, and restaurants, were nearly 6 percent higher than last year, a bigger bump than expected.4:53 p.m.
Mondale: 'This is the year' for Metrodome replacement Ted Mondale, the newly appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said Friday that this is the year to reach a deal on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings that would also benefit the public in the way the Metrodome has.5:50 p.m.
The Dinner Party Download featuring Paul Giamatti This week on the Dinner Party Download, a joke from Singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe, a drink inspired by a famous political symbol, and a chat with the actor who singlehandedly decimated Merlot sales in the U.S. -- Paul Giamatti.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Safety System Dysfunctional Before Mine Blast
NPR NEWS INVESTIGATION: Legally required water systems at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia were not functioning properly before the April 5 explosion that killed 29 mine workers. Some experts say these systems might have helped prevent the disaster if they had been working properly.
Tunisian President Flees Amid Turmoil
Tunisia's President Zein al Abidine Ben Ali left the country Friday after more than a month of increasingly violent demonstrations against his rule. In a nationwide address on Thursday, the president tried to calm the situation by promising long-sought reforms, but to no avail as the protests intensified with tens of thousands of people in the streets of Tunis, demanding his departure.
The Effect Of Rising Food Prices On Political Stability
While the Tunisian riots may be against political repression, they were sparked by an individual protest against the lack of economic opportunity. In neighboring Algeria, rioting broke out recently when food prices went up. For a look at rising food prices and how they affect political stability in poor countries, host Robert Siegel speaks to Gary Blumenthal, president and chief executive officer of agricultural consulting firm World Perspectives.
Giffords' Staffers: 'The Office Is Open'
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional staff members opened her Tucson, Ariz., office Monday morning as usual. Since then they have hosted a stream of constituents, friends and volunteers offering condolences, long hugs and food. Following routine helps them cope with the shootings.
Week In Politics: Tucson Shootings, Political Rhetoric
In Arizona this week, President Obama delivered a eulogy for the victims of the deadly mass shooting. On Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner cleared the new majority's agenda for the entire week. And from Alaska, Sarah Palin lit into those who linked her group's campaign literature to acts of violence. Robert Siegel reviews the week in politics with our regular commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times.
Lebanon In Limbo After Government Collapses
The nomination process for a new prime minister in Lebanon begins Monday, after Hezbollah pulled out of a national unity government this week. The outcome is far from certain, but there is the possibility the militant Shiite group may take a greater role in the new government.
Pakistani President In U.S. Amid Turmoil At Home
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is in Washington this week to attend a memorial for Richard Holbrooke. Officials say it is a private visit, but it comes at a time when Pakistan is once again in political turmoil and under increasing pressure from the U.S. to curb terrorism.
The Week In News, Rumors In The NBA
The big news in the National Basketball Association this week hasn't been actual news at all -- just a bunch of rumors. But those rumors involve the proposed trade of one of the league's best players -- Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets -- and they reflect some broader issues facing the sport. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins host Robert Siegel to explain.
Fired Coach Donates Michigan Items To Charity
Hosts Robert Siegel and Michele Norris tells us about an upcoming auction of University of Michigan items that once belonged to fired football coach Rich Rodriguez. He had donated the items to the Salvation Army.
Letters: Hernandez Commentary; Elizabeth Hughes
We received many letters about a commentary from Daisy Hernandez about the shooting in Tucson, and, on the lighter side, on our interview with 8-year-old Elizabeth Hughes, who was singing the National Anthem at a hockey rink in Virginia when her mic cut out. NPR's Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.