Minnesota's corn crop looks promising Recent rains have boosted Minnesota corn farmers' prospects for 2012 and drought conditions elsewhere could drive up the prices they will be able to get this fall.4:54 p.m.
The Cube Critics: 'Polisse,' 'Your Sister's Sister,' 'Magic Mike' With the summer heat driving people to the cineplex, movie maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr outline some options in films about the Parisian child protection system, two sisters befriending the same fellow, and, of course, a movie whose main character has a "magical" ability to gyrate and disrobe at the same time.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Tea Party Sees Ruling As New Rallying Cry
Tea Party activists say the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act will inspire passion in many conservative circles ahead of the November presidential election.
Week In Politics: Health Care, Eric Holder
Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law, and the House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
Will Reforms End Myanmar Monks' Spiritual Strike?
Since the country's Saffron Revolution in 2007, Myanmar monks have refused alms from senior military leaders, a huge blow in a country that is 90 percent Buddhist. Now, prospects for lifting the spiritual boycott may be improving because of reforms by President Thein Sein's nominally civilian government.
On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Find Way To Compromise
Leaders on Capitol Hill struck a bargain by which interest rates will be frozen on student loans, and federal funds will flow for roads and bridges. It's an unusual case of compromise in the current Congress.
Sole Abortion Clinic In Miss. Fights Law To Stay Open
Mississippi's only clinic that performs abortions is facing possible closure. A new state law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals by July 1. But doctors at the Jackson Women's Health Organization have not yet been accepted. The clinic is now suing to stop the law, arguing it amounts to an unconstitutional ban on abortions.
A Portrait Of Chinese Corruption, In Rosy Pink
For decades, China's Communist Party has declared that corruption threatens its survival. But a state-run paper recently argued that corruption couldn't be stamped out, so it should be contained to acceptable levels.
Gross-Out Gags AND Life Lessons In 'Wimpy Kid'
Author Jeff Kinney is a rock star in the middle school literary scene. His Diary of a Wimpy Kid books follow the misadventures of sad-sack sixth-grader Greg Heffley, who just wants to fit in. Kids love the gross-out humor, but librarians and teachers say the books also help them laugh at the indignities of life.