In his latest collection of poems, Parallel Play, Stephen Burt finds inspiraton in classic photos of the New York skyline, rock bands, lines outside night clubs, and the WNBA. His subject matter may be recognizable, but the poems in this collection have a deceptive depth.4:44 p.m.
Maria Schneider brings big band jazz home to Windom Grammy Award-winning jazz composer/bandleader and Minnesota native Maria Schneider is returning to the state with her orchestra for weekend performances at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, and hometown, Windom. She's now based in New York but her music has roots in Southwestern Minnesota soil.4:52 p.m.
A tour of Yucca Mountain
Leaders of the Prairie Island Indian Community have complained for years that Minnesota's only dry-cask nuclear waste storage site is quite literally on their doorstep. This week, members of the tribal council had a chance to tour the Nevada storage facility that is their best hope for being rid of the waste that sits just 600 yards from their community.
Yesterday, three council members along with representatives from Xcel Energy and the Legislative Electrical Energy Task Force visited Yucca Mountain. The federal government plans to eventually store nearly all of the nation's nuclear waste there. But Congress has been stingy with funding for the facility and some lawmakers want to scrap the project altogether. The on-going controversy over the site has put its 2010 completion date in doubt and could delay removal of the Prairie Island waste beyond 2020.
Prairie Island tribal council member Ron Johnson says he was struck by Yucca Mountain's remote location.5:23 p.m.
Sioux Falls 25 years after Citibank's arrival State and local governments spend considerable time, effort and money trying to create more jobs, sometimes with little to show in the end. But 25 years ago this week South Dakota helped launch a job boom with a simple change in state law.5:44 p.m.
Sorting out the Olympics
Coverage of the Olympic games is, perhaps more than anything else, testament to the theory that the media is the message.
From time-shifting broadcasts to excessive attention given to personality conflicts, to all the latest whizbang graphics and video techniques, the winter Olympic coverage just wrapping up from Turin really shapes how we think about the event.
To help us sort all of that out, we welcome our new media analyst David Brauer.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Curfew Brings Quiet But Iraqis Say Crisis Isn't Over
An unprecedented daytime curfew imposed by the Iraqi government deters attacks after a recent surge in sectarian violence. Iraqis, however, say that the crisis caused by Wednesday's bombing of a Shiite shrine is far from over, and rumblings of civil war can be heard around Baghdad.
Bush: Iraq at a 'Moment of Choosing' After Bombing
President Bush says the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra this week was an affront to all people of faith, but that Iraqis would rise above the clashes it has spawned. "This is a moment of choosing for the Iraqi people," he said, speaking to a meeting of the American Legion in Washington.
Journalists Press Kidnappers to Free American Reporter
Reporters Without Borders, an international journalist organization, launches a new campaign to free American reporter Jill Carroll. Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq seven weeks ago and her kidnappers have threatened to kill her if the United States doesn't release female Iraqi prisoners by Sunday.
United States Wins Gold in Women's Giant Slalom
Julia Mancuso delivers a gold medal for the United States in the super giant slalom on the last day of skiing competition at the Winter Olympics in Turin. American speed skater Chad Hedrick takes the silver in the 10,000 meter race, and the United States wins its first medal in curling.
NBC Evaluates Investment in Olympic Broadcast Rights
NBC is paying $5.7 billion for the TV rights in the United States to the Olympics from 2000 to 2012. As ratings for Olympic broadcasts continue to decline in the United States, what has this sizable investment bought for NBC?
Hurricane Rita Victims Lost in Shadow of Katrina
With all eyes focused on New Orleans and Mardi Gras, little attention is being paid to communities in southwestern Louisiana trying to recover from Hurricane Rita. In Vermilion Parish, Louisiana farmers struggle to rebuild their businesses and their lives.
Turkish Movie Renews Free-Speech Debate
A new Turkish movie, The Valley of the Wolves, is attracting large audiences among the Turkish immigrant community in Germany. It has been condemned by some German politicians for its anti-American tone. Some have called for the film to be banned, renewing the debate about freedom of speech.
'Unknown White Male' Shows the Making of Memory
The documentary Unknown White Male follows the life of a man who awoke one day at Coney Island with no memory. The film tracks his attempts to get reacquainted with his life and the everyday events he can't remember ever having experienced.
Chicago Fiddler's Music Is a Hit in Ireland
Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll joins guitarist John Doyle on her latest CD, In Play. Her music made it from the American Midwest into the canon of Irish traditional tunes. Carroll talks to Melissa Block about the satisfaction of hearing her songs played at Irish fiddle sessions.
Dubai Company Postpones Ports Deal
The Dubai company purchasing the rights to operate several U.S. ports has agreed to postpone some aspects of the takeover in order to give the Bush administration more time to convince Congress of the deal's merits. Some lawmakers say this is a step in the right direction; others are not mollified.