Critics challenge Pawlenty's business tax cut plan The budget plan Gov. Pawlenty released this week proposes a series of tax cuts which Pawlenty says will help improve the state's job climate -- and continues the decades-long debate over whether cutting taxes really does lead to more jobs.5:06 p.m.
Bomb Bid Throws Nigeria Into Terrorism Debate
An NPR News Investigation: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the young man charged with trying to blow up a plane on Christmas Day, came from predominately Muslim northern Nigeria. Analysts say the area could be an incubator for extremism as Islamic fundamentalism spreads among a population facing inequality and opposed to U.S. foreign policy in Muslim nations.
Accused Christmas Bomber Listened to Music, Slept
A Michigan college student who sat next to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day says the accused terrorist's actions suggested he was in over his head. Jay Howard says that Abdulmutallab mostly slept and listened to music during the flight and seemed surprised when asked about the smoke that apparently came from under his blanket.
Letters: Ram's Head
An interview Tuesday about a dispute between a Florida high school and the automaker Chrysler spurred many listeners to write, and most took opposite sides. Some felt Chrysler was unfairly forcing the school to stop using it's ram's head logo, which is identical to the company's Dodge logo. But others took a different position. Melissa Block reads listeners' letters.
U.N. Eyes Improving Sanitation In Haiti's Capital
Aid agencies in Haiti are taking steps to reduce the risk of epidemics that could sweep through the densely populated tent camps in Port-au-Prince. Their goal: to improve sanitation. The U.N. says it wants to install 25,000 pit privies around the capital. As of now, the number is closer to 1,000.
Story Of Book-Writing Coma Patient Debunked
Rom Houben became famous for supposedly communicating his innermost thoughts through a trained facilitator after doctors initially concluded that a car accident had left him in a vegetative state. Now, Houben's doctor says those reports appear to be false.
Mekong Divides Different Worlds In 'Golden Triangle'
On opposite sides of the Mekong River, Laos and Thailand also found themselves in different camps after the communist takeover of Laos in 1975. Legacies of that era still affect the countries today in Southeast Asia's "Golden Triangle," as Thailand thrives and Laos struggles to catch up.
Becoming A 'Gladiator'? Watch Out For Side Effects
Fulfilling the masculine dream of having arms like Goliath probably isn't worth the downside of steroid use. Vicarious satisfaction is probably better, as author Marc Acito discovers upon reading Gladiator, the autobiography of one-time American Gladiators star Dan Clark, known to television audiences as Nitro.
What Would You 'Ask An Arab'?
After the Sept. 11 attacks, people with even the most tentative connections to the Middle East were vilified in this country. To create some good-natured conversation, NPR and two Arab comedians hosted "Ask An Arab," in which passersby posed their queries at a D.C. burrito joint.
AC/DC, Led Zeppelin On Tap For Half-Pipe Soundtrack
At the half-pipe event in Vancouver on Wednesday, snowboarding superstar Shaun White's playlist could include AC/DC's "Back in Black," says Mike Nakagawa, also known as DJ Naka G, who's putting the soundtrack together. New Zealand's James Hamilton, also an AC/DC fan, likes "Beds are Burning" by Midnight Oil or Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me."
Obama's Debt Panel Ensnared In Partisan Politics
President Obama will sign an executive order Thursday establishing a commission to help the government find ways to gain control of the federal deficit. But like everything else in Washington, even this idea is enmeshed in partisan politics. At the same time, worry about the deficit is no longer confined to those who generally prefer smaller government.