Franken, Klobuchar preview roles in Sotomayor hearing DFL Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken -- who both sit on the Senate Judiciary committee -- made their opening remarks today at the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.5:13 p.m.
Back From The Front Lines In Helmand Province
About 4,000 U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan are engaged in the largest American military operation in years: rooting out the Taliban in Helmand province. Two NPR journalists who spent time with Marines share two distinctly different stories of how the offensive is unfolding.
How To Choose The Right Camera For You
NPR's multimedia director Keith Jenkins gives tips as to whether your camera phone, a point-and-shoot or a DSLR is right for you. And he also gives tips on how to take better photos.
Headbanger Andrew W.K. Rocks Out — To Bach
Rocker Andrew W.K., whose songs include "Party Hard," "It's Time to Party" and "Party 'Til You Puke," thinks the music of Johann Sebastian Bach stands among humankind's greatest accomplishments.
Sen. Grassley: Sotomayor Off To 'Good Start'
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discusses the start of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. "She was very positive in saying today that fidelity for the law is going to be her benchmark," he says.
Amateur Photographers Get Thrill Displaying Work
Every summer, Charlottesville, Va., hosts an annual Woodstock of sorts for photography lovers and practitioners called the Look3 Festival of the Photograph. One of the most popular exhibits — YourSpace — celebrates the achievements of everyday photographers.
California's Politicians Point To Governing Paralysis
For 20 years, California politicians have quipped that the state is ungovernable. While some have blamed questionably drawn legislative districts and ballot initiatives for the problems, one group says change will only come if the state's constitution is rewritten.
Why California Matters
Ross DeVol, director of regional economics at the Milken Institute, offers his thoughts on why the rest of the country, and the world, should care about California's budget woes.
Librarians Go Wild For Gold Book Cart
Each year, limber librarians compete for the coveted gold book cart at the annual Librarian Book Cart Drill Championships. With elaborate dance, athletics and performance art routines, they vie to show that librarians can be hip.
Female Directors, Still A Scarce Movie Commodity
Of the films you saw last year, it's likely that fewer than 10 percent were directed by women — which makes it remarkable that seven movies now in theaters have women's names above the credits.
Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Open
Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor listened to hours of senators' comments at her confirmation hearing Monday before giving her own opening statement. Tuesday, senators begin asking questions.