A better way to clean up old dry-cleaning sites Pollution control crews began using a new technique on Wednesday to clean up tainted soil and water at a site near Duluth, hoping they have found a simpler and cheaper way of dealing with cancer-causing chemicals often traced to old dry-cleaning sites.5:24 p.m.
The complex portraits of photographer Robert Bergman Minneapolis photographer Robert Bergman believes in taking his time. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts offered him a show in 1968. It was a great honor for an artist in his early 20's, but he said no.
His new, critically acclaimed exhibit is coming to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
A Decade Of Alzheimer's Devastating Impact
In 1999, Tom DeBaggio was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. He was 57. Soon after the diagnosis, he began talking with NPR about his illness. He wanted to document his decline, to break through what he called the "shame and silence" of the disease. Now he can't talk, walk or feed himself.
Petraeus: Afghan War Headed In Right Direction
Gen. David Petraeus was back on the Hill on Wednesday, testifying before committees from both chambers that the surge program in Afghanistan is working, and that more time and patience are needed to bring success. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was also on hand to bolster the case.
Pressure Mounts On Israel To Ease Gaza Blockade
An announcement from Israel on allowing a broader array of goods to enter Gaza could come as early as next week. Some officials say any lifting of the blockade could allow Hamas to obtain more weapons. Meanwhile, a commission began investigating last month's deadly commando raid on a ship carrying aid to the Palestinian territory.
Emboldened Chinese Workers Press For Change
A new generation of young workers is manning China's factories. More informed than their parents about their legal rights, some of them aren't happy with the pay and working conditions, and they've responded with strikes, protests and even suicides. The government is taking notice.
Refocusing On The War In Afghanistan
Many eyes in the U.S. are focused on the Gulf, as oil continues to gush from the broken BP well. But NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr is looking in another direction.
Autoworkers Union Elects New Leader
The UAW elected a new president in Detroit this week. Retiring President Ron Gettelfinger guided the union through the recent auto industry crisis, making major concessions to struggling U.S. automakers. Some UAW members think that Gettelfinger gave up too much, and that the union should focus on getting something back. But others think the UAW needs to take a new approach to business.
Letters: La. Parish President; World Cup
Listeners respond to our interview with Charlotte Randolph, the president of Lafourche Parish in Louisiana, who had a strong reaction to President Obama's Oval Office address on the oil spill; and our coverage of the World Cup. Michele Norris and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails.
'The Golden Ticket' Is Finally Unwrapped
The new opera, based on Roald Dahl's ever-popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was meant to bring families into the opera house. But the premiere under way now at Opera Theatre of St. Louis did not have a sweet ride from conception to opening night.
BP Officials Meet With Obama, Agree To $20B Fund
President Obama and BP executives met Wednesday at the White House in their first face-to-face meeting since the spill began almost two months ago. It produced a big result: The president and BP agreed that the oil giant would put $20 billion in an escrow fund to pay the claims of Gulf residents hurt by the spill.