Progress report from Haiti Many groups are helping earthquake victims in Haiti, including the American Refugee Committee, based in Minneapolis. The ARC's Monte Achenbach is back after spending two weeks in Haiti, and he spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.4:20 p.m.
Future unclear for workers of burned St. Charles plant A few weeks ago, company officials with North Star Foods said they would not rebuild a poultry processing plant that burned down last April, and workers in the southeastern Minnesota town of St. Charles are unsure of their future.4:50 p.m.
Progress report from Haiti Many groups are helping earthquake victims in Haiti, including the American Refugee Committee, based in Minneapolis. The ARC's Monte Achenbach is back after spending two weeks in Haiti, and he spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.5:50 p.m.
Future unclear for workers of burned St. Charles plant A few weeks ago, company officials with North Star Foods said they would not rebuild a poultry processing plant that burned down last April, and workers in the southeastern Minnesota town of St. Charles are unsure of their future.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Joint Chiefs Chair Backs End To Military Gay Ban
The nation's top military officer told senators Tuesday he supports overturning the law barring gays from serving openly in the ranks. Adm. Mike Mullen's comments were the first time a senior active-duty officer has called for ending what's known as don't ask don't tell, which has forced thousands of gay servicemen from the ranks since it was enacted in 1993.
Rep. Hunter: Repealing 'Don't Ask' Will Hurt Military
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) says repealing the law that bans gays from openly serving in the military will hurt the cohesiveness of the armed forces. Duncan, who served in the Marine Corps in both Afghanistan and Iraq, says most people in the military would be uncomfortable if the "don't ask don't tell" policy were repealed.
The Simon Cowell All-Stars Sing For Haiti
Cowell, known for his acerbic putdowns of pop-star wannabes on American Idol, has become part of a campaign to put together a Band Aid-style benefit song for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Former Senate Staffer Laments Rise In Use Of Cloture
A former Senate staffer says the dramatic rise in the use of cloture in the Senate is making the chamber dysfunctional. Ira Shapiro says the difference between the Senate now and in the 1960s is that four decades ago Senators had strong individual views, but recognized the need to reconcile those views either by compromise or by voting.
How Does 'Avatar' Compare To Zombies, Vampires?
Commentator Andrei Codrescu explores the different worlds, and different strengths of the fictional characters in movies such as Avatar, which are created digitally, with characters in zombie and vampires movies. He says the digital creations can learn from the alliance between the undead and the blood-drinkers.
Examining Adoptions From Haiti
Concerns about adoption in Haiti after the devastating earthquake have deepened now that 10 Americans are in a Haitian jail for allegedly trying to transport 33 children out of the country illegally. Those held are Baptist missionaries who say they were saving the children.
Haitian Orphanage Finds Grace In A Time Of Despair
In earthquake-decimated Haiti, there is hope outside of the coastal city of Leogane: The Canadian military and a U.S. aid group have teamed up to rebuild an orphanage. It's one of the first rebuilding projects in an area that was reduced almost entirely to rubble.
Software Company Helps Revive 'Sleeping' Language
Rosetta Stone, which focuses on teaching languages to tourists and business travelers, is helping the Chitimacha tribe of Louisiana resuscitate its native tongue. The last native speaker passed away in 1940, and the tribe hopes shiny new software will attract youth to the language.
Oscar Nominations Announced
Nominations for the 82nd annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday. The big change this year is that there were 10 Best Picture nominees instead of five. The Hurt Locker and Avatar got the most nominations — nine each.
'Blind Side' Won't Win, But We're Glad It's Nominated
This year's Oscars' Best Picture list has been expanded to 10 nominees. Many contenders wouldn't have had a chance in the previous years' five-film cut. Linda Holmes explains why mass-appeal movies, like The Blind Side, help the Oscars more than hurt.