Minnesota guardsman reflects on mission in Iraq Minnesota Public Radio News caught up with one member of the Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team who's just returned to Iraq after a short leave to his southern Minnesota home.5:19 p.m.
Ten second cinema After the fireworks Tuesday night, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis will show 100 films made on cell phones or digital still cameras.5:48 p.m.
Eastman Johnson's legacy in art An art exhibit in Duluth portrays the lives of Ojibwe Indians, as white settlers were moving to Wisconsin and Minnesota.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Shuttle Discovery Launches After Delays
The Space Shuttle Discovery roared off its Florida launch pad Tuesday, NASA'S first Independence Day manned shuttle launch in its history. The voyage to the International Space Station was postponed twice over the weekend due to bad weather. Engineers decided to launch the shuttle despite the discovery Monday of a pencil-sized piece of foam that cracked off the external fuel tank.
Activists React to Planned Immigration Hearings
This week, the House Subcommittee on International Terrorism is holding hearings on border security and enforcement. The House has already passed a bill on the issue that bears differences with one passed in the Senate. But some think the hearings are more about building consensus in the public than in Congress.
Citizenship Applications Jump Up This Year
The immigration debate is fueling a big surge in the number of legal immigrants who have applied to become naturalized citizens. By gaining citizenship, they gain the right to vote -- and the ability to have an impact on immigration issues.
Happy Fourth, in a Town Named Freedom
As the nation celebrates Independence Day, we check in with places named Freedom. There are at least 15 Freedom towns, villages and boroughs from Maine to California. Some are too small to host their own Fourth of July celebrations, but each seems to have somebody willing to reflect on the meaning of the holiday.
Glorying in Sean Wilsey's Vivid Memoir
The combination of writing talent and juicy material on display in Sean Wilsey's memoir Oh the Glory of It All is what has author Curtis Sittenfeld singing its praises to others. The people and places described "come explosively and thrillingly alive," says the author of Prep.
Keb Mo Unpacks Musical 'Suitcase'
Kevin Moore, aka Keb Mo, talks to Michele Norris about his latest CD, Suitcase. He also discusses that uniquely American music form, the blues, and how he has created his own modern interpretation.
Daily Acetaminophen Dose Linked to Liver Damage
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other painkillers, is considered one of the safest medicines around. But a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association shows that ordinary doses of acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Experts see the new results as a warning, but not as a reason to stop taking acetaminophen.
Bush Speaks to Troops at Fort Bragg
President Bush spent part of his Fourth of July at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, using the holiday as an opportunity to talk about the war in Iraq. Bush told troops that he would not settle for anything less than victory. Mr. Bush was back at the White House in time for Tuesday night's fireworks in the nation's capital.
Charges Against U.S. Soldier Steven Green
Michele Norris speaks with Peter Spiegel, Pentagon correspondent for the Los Angeles Times on charges that U.S. soldier Steven Green raped and murdered an Iraqi woman and killed three of her family members, including a child.