New Minneapolis architecture has national profile From the new Guthrie Theater, which officially opens on Sunday, to the revamped Children's Theatre Company, the explosion of new or expanded arts buildings in Minneapolis is generating a lot of national and international media attention.4:48 p.m.
Tom Crann's Guthrie album All Things Considered host Tom Crann snapped a few photos of the Guthrie when he toured the new facility recently. He narrates.4:54 p.m.
National dance event links seven communities on the Mississippi River On June 24, simultaneous, site-specific dance performances will take place at seven locations along the Mississippi to call attention to environmental issues affecting the watershed. Two of the locations are in Minnesota: Lake Itasca and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Arrests 7 Accused of Chicago Bomb Plot
Agents in Miami have arrested seven men who are indicted on terrorism charges. The seven are accused of conspiring to provide support to al-Qaida and planning to bomb the Sears Tower in Chicago, along with some government buildings in Miami.
News of Hastert Land Deal Came Late in Process
House Speaker Dennis Hastert has long been known as an advocate for a new highway project in his home district not far from Chicago, Ill. Hastert was able to insert funding for the project in last year's highway bill. But residents in the area only recently learned the highway had improved the value of real estate that Hastert himself owned part of.
The Ethics of Lawmakers Adding Value to Land
Speaker Hastert is far from being the only lawmaker whose efforts on behalf of his district raise questions. The practice of "earmarking" project money in big bills is big business on Capitol Hill, and it often includes money for highways and other public works that add value to real estate.
Fantasy Sports: Only a Game, Or Is It Gambling?
Odds are, somewhere, not far from you, someone is playing online fantasy baseball. Is it only a game, or is it gambling? Players say fantasy sports require skill -- and a little luck to avoid choosing a team full of injured sports stars. But one lawyer says the practice is gambling -- and therefore illegal in most places. He filed suit to convince a federal judge those pretend sports are really gambling.
U.S. Soccer May See Shakeup After Cup Losses
The American soccer team's bad luck in playing World Cup matches in Europe has extended another four years, as the team is sent home from Germany by Ghana. Team USA failed to win any of its games. The Round of 16 is full of traditional football powers and upstarts like Ukraine, Australia and Ghana.
Anatomy of a Shooting: A Civilian's Death in Iraq
On June 24, 2005, Iraqi journalist and doctor Yasser Salihee was struck by a bullet fired by Staff Sgt. Joe Romero of the 256th Combat Brigade Team, Louisiana National Guard. Those involved agree the shooting was a mistake. But a year later, that's about all they agree on. A look at the impact of one man's death in Iraq.
U.S. Acknowledges Sifting Global Bank Records
Bush administration officials confirm that, since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. government has been tracking terrorist finances by accessing a vast, international data base known as SWIFT. The officials defend the program as "legal, targeted and effective."
Treasury Flexes Muscles in Bank Monitoring
Robert Siegel talks with Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury. Undersecretary Levey is responsible for the operations of OFAC, the Office of Foreign Asset Controls, which issues subpoenas to organizations like SWIFT.
Brussels Group Passed Finance Records to CIA
Revelations that a Brussels-based company has been collecting international financial records to aid the CIA's anti-terrorism efforts have led to many questions about the cooperative, called SWIFT.
Long-Time Holdout Learns to Be a Hugger
Commentator Andrei Codrescu disdains public hugging. He traces it back to Frank Sinatra -- and lust. But he admits, as he gets older, and fears not seeing people again, he has reluctantly become a hugger.