State Fair mystery sounds: Day 1 Each weekday during the Minnesota State Fair, All Things Considered we will indulge your ears and bring you some mystery sounds from the Great Minnesota Get-Together.5:28 p.m.
Courts use different approach with drug, alcohol offenders Two Minnesota counties and the city of Fargo are trying a new alternative sentencing program for drug and alcohol offenders. The program is run by retired police officers, and the focus is on consequences and second chances.5:50 p.m.
Foods of the fair A list of both new and old classic foods at the Minnesota State Fair.5:57 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Gulf States Stuck Between U.S., Iran On Nuclear Issue
Nowhere is concern over Iran's nuclear ambition felt more strongly than among Iran's neighbors in the Persian Gulf. Even as U.S. companies rush to sell them an elaborate missile defense system, Arab leaders worry that Washington will fail to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
S.C. Governor Faces Growing Calls For Resignation
Two months after South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to an affair, calls for him to step down are growing. The focus has shifted, though, from the steamy details of the affair to other possible missteps he may have made.
Big Dreams For Small Wind Turbines
As huge wind farms get up and running to generate electricity on mountaintops and in fields, another market for wind energy is also emerging, known as "small wind." These turbines provide clean power to single homes and businesses, but are they economical?
Listeners' Summer Songs: 'Big Man,' 'Sherry'
All summer long, we've been hearing personal stories inspired by songs of summertime from musicians, writers and listeners. The series comes to an auspicious end with submissions from two listeners, who offer memories of music overheard: The Four Seasons' "Sherry" and The Four Preps' "Big Man."
FDIC Deposit Insurance Fund Shrinks
The government fund that protects most bank deposits has fallen to $10.4 billion, from more than $45 billion last year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced Thursday. The FDIC also said its list of "problem banks" grew to more than 400 institutions since the spring.
Analyst Says Cash For Clunkers Had Good Effect
The Cash For Clunkers program showed people were willing to make big-ticket purchases again, says an analyst with an economics-forecasting firm. Aaron Bragman of IHS Global Insight says the program also had a trickle-down effect across the U.S. economy.
Walking Through History At Zion National Park
A tunnel, carved into a canyon wall, opened up Zion to visitors in the 1920s. An engineering marvel, it became nearly as much of an attraction as the park itself. As part of the park's centennial celebration, the tunnel was opened to nighttime explorers.
Gadhafi's Puzzling Welcome Of Lockerbie Bomber
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says he is baffled by Moammar Gadhafi's behavior in giving a hero's welcome to the one man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Schorr says it looks like an endorsement of terrorism, even after Gadhafi spent a decade trying to shed that image.
Reporter Examines Events At New Orleans Hospital
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, more than a dozen people were found dead in New Orleans' Memorial Medical Center with morphine or the quick-acting sedative midazolam in their system, prompting allegations that they were euthanized by medical professionals. A news story by ProPublica reporter Sheri Fink details the events at the hospital.
Derelict Buildings House Thousands In New Orleans
Since Hurricane Katrina, homelessness in the city has doubled to an estimated 12,000. About half of them are now living in abandoned homes and office buildings. The problem has arisen partly because New Orleans' rents are up about 40 percent since 2005, according to an outreach group that aims to find homes for the squatters.