New 'Taste of Minnesota' gets mixed reviews For the first time, the new owners of Taste of Minnesota charged an admission fee to attend the annual festival, and they promised a broader range of food and music.5:24 p.m.
In Iraq, A Complex Political Stalemate Drags On
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Iraq over the weekend to encourage Iraqi politicians to come to an agreement on forming a government. It has been nearly four months since Iraqis voted, but no party won enough seats to form a government on its own.
Israeli Prime Minister Heads To U.S.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with President Obama. Netanyahu is expected to say that Israelis and Palestinians are closer to advancing U.S.-led peace talks. Critics in Jerusalem say the progress is superficial.
Now You Can Have Your Lox On The Rocks
First came bacon-flavored vodka. That inspired Scotti MacDonald and her husband to come up with a vodka with an Alaskan twist. After 48 tries, they produced smoked salmon vodka for their Alaska Distillery. MacDonald tells Michele Norris how the drink is made.
Texting Helps Rockers Get The Message
A young tech company has developed a system to project text messages onto large screens at rock concerts. Artists are hiring the firm to add an interactive layer to the concert experience -- and to collect marketing information from their fans.
Apple Seeks A Way Into Africa
While Apple products are available over much of the globe, the company lacks presence on the continent of Africa. Dayo Olopade wrote about this dearth of iTunes, iPods and iPhones, in particular, in Foreign Policy magazine. She speaks with host Michele Norris.
Reviving 'Little America' In An Afghan Province
U.S. aid programs in the 1960s and '70s created a flourishing farming region in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province known as Little America. Today, aid workers are trying to restore the Afghan government presence there and the programs people need.
When A Father's Duty Is In Afghanistan
Among the 93,000 U.S. military personnel serving in Afghanistan is someone special to "radio rookie" Alexis Gordon. She talks about how her 52-year-old father's decision to return to a war zone affects her.
What Scares Thriller Writer Karin Slaughter?
Slaughter is a master of the thriller genre; her latest book, Broken, is full of twists and turns and technical details. In the latest installment of our "Thrilled to Death" series, Slaughter talks with NPR's Michele Norris about the stories that keep her in suspense.
Bleak Holiday For Gulf Beach Towns
What should have been a big weekend for businesses along the Gulf coast brought more bad news. The oil spill continues to cause profound economic damage to a number of industries, including those that depend on tourism.
Pressure On For Swift Makeover Of Drilling Regulator
The federal agency charged with overseeing offshore oil drilling has been given a new name and a new director. But Michael Bromwich, who has taken over the former Minerals Management Service, faces intense political pressure to quickly turn around a troubled agency that is now widely reviled.