Civil rights leader honors King at annual breakfast Two thousand people marked the annual Martin Luther King Day holiday at a breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Monday morning. It was the 20th anniversary of the event, and it featured the Reverend Joseph Lowery, a civil rights pioneer and successor to King.4:52 p.m.
Mothers of deployed soldiers find support in numbers Many soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan left mothers here at home, some of whom have turned to Blue Star Mothers for support and these groups are helping a new wave of moms cope with their children's deployments.4:54 p.m.
Civil rights leader honors King at annual breakfast Two thousand people marked the annual Martin Luther King Day holiday at a breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Monday morning. It was the 20th anniversary of the event, and it featured the Reverend Joseph Lowery, a civil rights pioneer and successor to King.6:21 p.m.
Mothers of deployed soldiers find support in numbers Many soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan left mothers here at home, some of whom have turned to Blue Star Mothers for support and these groups are helping a new wave of moms cope with their children's deployments.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Devastation Lies Beyond Haiti's Capital
In the Haitian city of Leogane, an estimated 80 percent of the structures collapsed in the earthquake. By the time the first responders arrived over the weekend, they failed to rescue anyone from the rubble.
A Look At Haiti's Political History
Robert Siegel talks to Laurent Dubois, professor of romance studies and history at Duke University, and author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. Dubois, who was in Haiti last May, talks about the political history of Haiti and how it affects the current political situation.
Report: U.S. Failed To Connect Dots In Airline Plot
After Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian accused of attempting to blow up a Northwest airliner, was taken into custody, it was revealed that U.S. intelligence had been warned by his father that he was involved with jihadist groups in Yemen — and that U.S. intelligence had picked up word out of Yemen about a Nigerian who was about to do something. Now, the New York Times is reporting that U.S. intelligence had picked up a lot more than that, and still failed to connect the dots. New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti talks to Robert Siegel about his report.
Technology And Disaster: Helping Haiti
Just moments after the earthquake struck Haiti, eyewitness accounts and photos of the devastation spread quickly on Twitter and Facebook. Cell phone carriers made it easy to text donations. And Google created a Haiti missing person's widget, which allows anyone in the world to search a database of missing people in Haiti. Robert Siegel talks to Omar Gallaga, who covers technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman, about technology and disaster.
New Music Tech Gadgets Debut
Every year, the National Association of Music Merchants holds a trade show in California, where vendors exhibit their high-tech musical wares.
In Las Vegas, African-Americans Rally Around Reid
Even before word surfaced of his characterizations of President Obama's skin tone and dialect, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was facing a tough re-election fight. In Las Vegas, African-American supporters are rallying around Reid — while many voters have their doubts about him.
One Year After Election, Louisville Voters Reflect
One year ago, on the eve of President Obama's inauguration, NPR's Ina Jaffe traveled to Louisville, Ky., to ride a D.C.-bound bus with supporters of the nation's first African-American president. Now, she's returned to Louisville to hear how folks reflect on their journey and that of the nation.
Mass Graves Grow In Haiti
NPR's Greg Allen visits the growing field of mass graves, where thousands of Haitians are being buried after last week's devastating earthquake.
An Unsparing Look At A Writer Named Coetzee
Alan Cheuse reviews the newest novel by the Nobel Prize-winning South African author J.M. Coetzee. Summertime is a pseudo-biographical novel based on interviews conducted by an imaginary biographer about the life of a writer named John Coetzee.
Author Louis Menand On Reforming U.S. Universities
Robert Siegel talks to Louis Menand about his new book, The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University. Menand, a Harvard University English professor and New Yorker writer, contends that higher education in this country is antiquated. What is taught and how it is taught has not kept up with the changes in demographics, technology and other factors. He says trying to reform the university is like trying to get on the Internet with a typewriter.