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BP To Test New Cap On Leaking Well
Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Richard Harris about BP's plans to begin pressure testing Tuesday on the new containment cap over the leaking Gulf well.
Louisiana Oil Industry Reacts To New Drilling Ban
The Interior Department has announced a new, narrower moratorium on offshore drilling. This time, it hopes the ban will pass legal muster. The oil and gas industry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and others have come out against the restriction. They say that like the first one, it will force many rigs to leave and workers to lose their jobs.
U.S. Church Lends Help To Anti-Gay Ugandan Pastor
Ugandan Rev. Martin Ssempa has become the face of Uganda's anti-homosexuality movement. He has organized anti-gay rallies and preaches that many homosexuals are pedophiles who deserve severe punishment, including death. In Las Vegas, a megachurch is giving money for Ssempa's cause.
Peace In Afghanistan At What Cost To Its Women?
Afghanistan is moving toward peace talks with the Taliban that experts say are necessary to end the country's insurgency. But living under the harsh rule of the Taliban is a bitter memory for many Afghan women -- and a daily reality for others who live in places where the militants have control.
Letters: Mel Gibson, Jobless Benefits
Disappointment, angst and the question: "Why, why, why?" Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read listener reaction to Monday's coverage of the alleged Mel Gibson tapes. Most listeners felt this subject was celebrity gossip and beneath NPR. We also hear reaction to Sen. Jon Kyl's statement that extending unemployment benefits is a disincentive to find work.
Fans Unfazed By New Armstrong Doping Allegations
In interviews with federal investigators, disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis painted a damning picture of doping on the U.S. Postal team and said Lance Armstrong (above, center) was an integral part of it. Despite the allegations, Armstrong's supporters and even some critics credit him with ushering in a new era of pro cycling and bringing glamour to the Tour.
'Grim Sleeper' Case Brings Familial DNA To Fore
Last week, Los Angeles police announced they'd arrested a suspect in a 25-year serial murder investigation of a killer known as The Grim Sleeper. The big break came when police linked an unidentified DNA sample from the crime scene to DNA from the suspect's son. It's the first big forensic case involving what's called familial DNA. Robert Siegel talks to David Lazer, editor of the book DNA and the Criminal Justice System, about what many are calling a game-changing use of genetic fingerprinting.
M.I.A. Returns, With A Darker, Harder 'Maya' Maya is the third full-length album by M.I.A., and it rattles with hard-edged and well-produced beats and electronica. Reviewer Oliver Wang says that even if it's not her best work, the record still offers reminders of why M.I.A. is one of the most compelling and unusual artists in pop today.
Will Los Angeles DA Give Up Polanski Fight?
Now that Swiss authorities have refused to extradite director Roman Polanski to Los Angeles, the three-decade legal battle may be all but dead. Polanski is once again a free man, so long as he doesn't return to the U.S. or visit some country willing to arrest him on a Los Angeles warrant. But will the L.A. County D.A. finally give up the fight to try Polanski for forcing sex on a minor?
Cuban Theater Troupe Makes U.S. Debut
Teatro Buendia, Cuba's premier theater company, is performing at the Goodman Theatre's Latino Theatre Festival in Chicago. This is the first time it has performed in the U.S. But don't think that the group blindly supports the revolution; it does not shy away from criticizing Cuba.