The Johnny Cash of Communism
He's been called the Red Elvis. The Johnny Cash of Communism. Dean Reed was an American performer wildly popular in many of the world's political hotspots, and yet obscure back here in his homeland. Far from just a crooner, Reed had strong leftist convictions and a knack for fame and attention. He found himself at the center of events around the globe, from Allende's Chile to the USSR. Chuck Laszewski is a reporter from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He's written a new book about Reed called "Rock 'n' roll Radical: The mysterious life and death of Dean Reed." He spent some time talking to MPR's Tom Crann.4:50 p.m.
What's next for South Dakota abortion law? South Dakota's Governor Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning most abortions in the state. The measure is designed as a direct challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
MPR's Cara Hetland in Sioux Falls talked with All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the new law.5:23 p.m.
DFLers propose more money to reduce class sizes DFL lawmakers have unveiled a $300 million incentive plan to ease classroom crowding in Minnesota public schools. The proposal, announced Monday, would offer additional state money to school districts that keep class sizes below specific targets.5:35 p.m.
Personal choices contribute to global warming Manufacturers make conventional cars that get lots of miles per gallon, and thus emit much less pollution. But most Minnesotans are driving more and bigger vehicles, creating more -- not less -- pollution.5:39 p.m.
Overview of global warming in Minnesota For an overview of the global warming issue, MPR's Tom Crann talked with Peter Ciborowski, an analyst who studies climate change for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
United States Plans to Transfer Afghan Prisoners
The United States plans to transfer about 600 Afghan prisoners to the custody of the Afghanistan government. The detainees are being held at Guantanamo Bay and at a U.S. air base outside the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Documents Shed Light on Guantanamo Detainees
Michele Norris talks with Corine Hegland, reporter for the National Journal, about the release of transcripts from hearings of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, which reveal for the first time their names, nationalities, and information about their backgrounds. Hegland talks about the documents reveal, and why it's important.
Baseball Fans Don't Rush to Embrace Classic
The World Baseball Classic, a tournament involving teams from North America, Latin America and Asia, boasts a lot of Major League all-stars and potentially intriguing rivalries. Whether fans embrace the event remains to be seen.
Silicosis Ruling Could Revamp Legal Landscape
Tens of thousands of silicosis lawsuits across the nation have been filed by a small group of doctors and lawyers. Defendants say these cases lack medical merit and are being manufactured for money. Recently, a federal judge agreed, in a ruling that could change the litigation landscape.
Federal Judge's Ruling Could Affect Silicosis Cases
Tens of thousands of cases of silicosis have been filed by a few doctors and lawyers across the nation. Defendants say these cases are being manufactured for money, that there is no medical basis for these lawsuits and that the entire process is a fraud. Recently, a federal judge agreed. Part two of Wade Goodwyn's report.
High Court Upholds Military Recruiting at Colleges
The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that colleges must accept military recruiters on campus if the schools want to continue receiving federal funds. The justices unanimously rejected a free-speech challenge from law schools that claimed they should not be forced to associate with recruiters.
AT&T to Cut 10,000 Jobs if Bell South Merger Approved
AT&T plans to cut about 10,000 jobs if its plan to acquire Bell South is approved by regulators. Company officials say most of the cuts would come from attrition. Some consumer groups have announced their opposition, saying the proposed merger will recreate the monopoly system of two decades ago.
Merger Could Mean Better Services, Analyst Says
Scott Cleland, a telecommunications analyst and CEO of the Precursor Group, an investor research company, talks with Melissa Block about the possible merger between the new AT&T and Bell South, bringing two of the biggest original Bell companies back together.
Rep. Tom DeLay Fights For Seat in Texas Primary
Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) is campaigning vigorously to keep his seat in Sugarland, Texas. Michele Norris checks in with Wayne Slater, Austin Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News, about Tuesday's Texas primary and the political prospects of the former majority leader.
Confidential Sources Keep Reporters Informed
The threat of espionage charges strikes a personal chord for Daniel Schorr, a senior news analyst at NPR. He shares his discontent about current efforts to put the screws to journalists who rely on confidential sources inside the government.