Chinese Composer Gives 'Turandot' a Fresh Finale
For 84 years, opera buffs have puzzled over how Italian composer Giacomo Puccini meant to finish one of his best-loved works, Turandot. Now, a young Chinese composer has put a new spin on the famous opera set in a mythical China.
Pakistan Government Split over Sacked Judges
Last month, the two main parties in Pakistan's new coalition government agreed to introduce a parliamentary resolution reinstating the senior judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf within 30 days of forming a government. Musharraf's enemies say once the judges are back, they'll declare his recent re-election as president as illegal. Wednesday is the deadline to reinstate the judges.
'Post-American World' Offers New Role for U.S.
Fareed Zakaria's new book, The Post-American World, argues that the rise of China, India, Brazil and other countries pose a special challenge to the U.S. in this century. He draws a comparison to Britain's experience in the Boer War in South Africa.
Former Guantanamo Prosecutor: Tribunals Tainted
Air Force Colonel Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo, testified Monday on behalf of terror suspect Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Since leaving Guantanamo, Davis has been publicly critical of the tribunals, claiming that the process of prosecuting terror suspects has been politicized. Davis talks with Melissa Block.
Wright Hurts Obama's Notion of a Post-Racial World
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says he kind of likes the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who has re-emerged on stage. Problem is, the more Wright talks, the more he undercuts Barack Obama, who says we're in a post-racial world.
Is the Weak Dollar to Blame for High Oil Prices?
Oil prices are hovering near $120 a barrel and people are wondering what, if anything, can be done to bring prices down. Oil is a commodity — the price of which is set in a global market. Increasingly, oil-producing countries are pointing at the weak dollar as the main factor keeping prices high.
Letters: Rev. Wright; Farming Family
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listeners' responses to Monday's program, including comments about NPR's coverage of remarks by Barack Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. There's also reaction to a story about a family farming corn in central Iowa.
Students Compete in Poetry Recitation Contest
Each year, high school students from all over the United States come together to compete in a poetry recitation contest — standing center stage with only a microphone and their memory.
Le Trio Joubran: Brothers of the Oud
The oud is one of the world's oldest string instruments, dating back as much as 4,000 years. But on their new album Majaz, three Palestinian siblings prove that its traditions are still evolving.
Obama Responds to Former Pastor
Barack Obama made an impassioned break from his former pastor in a speech Tuesday in North Carolina. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright had made several public appearances over the past few days, none of which pleased the Obama campaign.