Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. appeals 1980 conviction An attorney for Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. asked a Minnesota Court of Appeals panel to order a new trial for a Minnesota conviction from 26 years ago. Rodriguez goes to trial next month in North Dakota on charges he kidnapped and killed Dru Sjodin.5:19 p.m.
Checking out the library's new role in the community The recent opening of the Minneapolis Public Library drew a lot of attention to the new look of libraries, with state-of-the-art technology, cafes and comfy chairs. But libraries aren't just changing physically.5:47 p.m.
Metro Transit Police test new way to patrol
Metro Transit Police in Minneapolis have a new way of getting around town: Two new Segway Human Transporters. The electric, two-wheeled vehicles allow Transit Police to see above crowds and move quickly to potential trouble spots, particularly at the Metrodome and along Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall. Metro Transit Police Chief Jack Nelson says the vehicles are an experiment for the department.6:21 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Vast Hawaii Sea Area Now a National Monument
A vast chain of remote Hawaiian islands, teeming with endangered sea life, has become the nation's newest national monument -- and the largest patch of protected ocean on earth.
'Funny, but No': Shoebox Cards' Hits and Misses
For 20 years, Shoebox has brought a quirky irreverence to the once-sentimental realm of greeting cards. Editor Sarah Tobabin and writer Dan Taylor talk to Robert Siegel about the tricky business of humor and the rejected idea that a writer can't quite let go of: the "funny, but no."
Parkour: An Athletic Art Worthy of Spider-Man
Parkour combines the endurance of a long-distance runner and the moves of a gymnast. Enthusiasts are turning New York City streets into staging areas for their own urban gymnastics meet, vaulting over barriers and climbing bridges.
Debates on Iraq Dominate Congress
For the first time since the U.S. led the recent invasion of Iraq, the House and Senate are both debating the war. In the House, Democrats are attacking the policies of President Bush, while Republicans are defending them as part of the war on terror.
Republicans Get Some Relief; Questions Linger
Michele Norris talks with E.J. Dionne, a columnist for The Washington Post, and David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, about the good news for the White House and Republican Party this week, and whether it's enough to help the party keep their seats in the up coming elections.
At Tribune Co., an Insider Pushes for Profits
One of the nation's most prominent media companies is under assault from members of its board of directors. Six years ago, the prominent Chandler family sold the Los Angeles Times and other papers to the Tribune Co. and became the company's second-largest shareholder.
U.S. Identifies Egyptian as Zarqawi's Successor
U.S. military officials believe they've identified the new chief of al-Qaida in Iraq. They've released a photo and details about the terrorist background of Abu Ayyub al-Masri. The Egyptian, who trained in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, is said to have been close to Zarqawi. But there are lots of questions about how close he may be to al-Qaida central, and whether he'll employ the same grisly tactics his precedessor did.
Cuba Uses Power Play, Literally, on U.S. Station
On June 3, the Cuban government cut power and water to the U.S. Interest Section in Havana. After the story was reported by the international media, power and water were restored. Robert Siegel talks with Michael Parmly, chief of the U.S. Interest Section in Havana.
A Guatemalan Returns to Help Find the 'Disappeared'
The U.S. government is planning to spend about $3 million to help several countries in Latin America set up DNA testing facilities. The idea is to help groups such as the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropolgy Foundation, which has been digging up that country's brutal history.
Letters: Zarqawi's Death, Vioxx and SoundClips
Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and emails. Listeners wrote in about the killing of Iraqi insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Vioxx report from NPR's Snigdha Prakash, Norris' story on over-scheduled kids, and soundclips sent in by listeners.