Hmong find ways to keep traditional music alive In the Hmong community, traditional music is played primarily for ceremonial reasons. It helps the Hmong preserve ancient customs and rituals. Younger generations of Hmong are finding new ways to keep this music alive.1:49 a.m.
Is the Rodriguez trial in the right court? The coroner in the Dru Sjodin murder trial testified Monday that he thinks Sjodin was stabbed in Minnesota. Dr. Michael McGee performed the autopsy on Sjodin, and his information is critical to whether the case stays in federal court and whether Rodriguez potentially faces the death penalty.2:49 a.m.
Selling prison art Inmates in a Minnesota prison have found an audience beyond the prison walls. They sold pictures to an online gallery last year. And now their work is going to a show in Michigan.2:53 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Spike in Violence Shatters Calm in Iraq
In Iraq, a series of explosions, gunbattles, car bombs and executions over the past 48 hours have left at least 192 dead, including eight U.S. soldiers. In one attack, a car bomb was detonated at a police checkpoint near the Ministry of the Interior, killing at least 16 people. The surge in violence ended a relative calm across the country that lasted about a week. The calm led the Iraqi government to claim that the situation was improving.
Shiite Troops Shy From Baghdad Service
In the last week, as many as 100 Shiite soldiers have refused to deploy to Baghdad to help pacify the capital. A U.S. general says the troops preferred to stay in their predominantly Shiite area of southern Iraq. In the past four months, sectarian violence among Sunni and Shiite extremists has killed an estimated 10,000 Iraqis. Thousands of Iraqi and American troops have recently shifted to Baghdad as part of an effort to stem the surge of violence. The mission has been dubbed Operation Forward Together. Shiite troops make up about 70 percent of Iraq's army.
On Iran, Intelligence Questions Loom
With diplomats at the United Nations debating how to curtail Iran's nuclear program, new questions are being raised about the quality of U.S. intelligence -- and whether it is any better than the pre-war data on Iraq. Hardliners suggest privately that perhaps the threat from Iran is more imminent than U.S. spy agencies have indicated.
Comair Crash Followed Changes at Runway
Federal investigators are looking into whether recent changes an airport in Lexington, Ky., may have contributed to a crash which killed 49 people. The pilot took a wrong turn and tried to take off at a runway that was too short for his Comair jet. Officials also say lights on the runway were not working at the time.
NTSB to Focus on Human Error in Crash Inquiry
Melissa Block talks with Ben Berman, a pilot and former Chief of Major Investigations at the National Transportation Safety Board. He says that the NTSB will try to understand the human elements that may have caused the pilots of ComAir Flight 5191 to attempt to take off on the wrong runway. The plane crashed shortly afterwards, killing 49 of the 50 people on board.
Stay or Go? Honeysuckle Lane Residents Decide
For the people of this New Orleans East area, a few things have returned to normal: Street lamps are working, and some shops have reopened. But uncertainty hangs over their future -- and that of their neighborhood. Here are their stories.
Dylan's 'Modern Times' Are A-Changing
Bob Dylan is 65, an age at which many people expect to slow down. The revered songwriter is doing the opposite. In the last two years, he's launched his own weekly satellite radio program, the Theme Time Radio Hour. This week brings a CD called Modern Times, the first new songs Dylan has released in five years.
Guitarist Behind 'Canon' Video Revealed
In the past eight months, a video of a young guitarist playing a modern version of Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D Major has become a sensation on the Internet. The video has been viewed on YouTube.com more than 7.6 million times -- but nobody knew the identity of the guitarist. Recently, that changed.
Bush Promises Solidarity a Year After Katrina
President Bush measures the progress of recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast, on the eve of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina -- the worst natural disaster in at least a century. The president's stops included Gulfport, Miss., and Biloxi. The president is scheduled to spend the night in New Orleans.
A Mississippi Family Decides to Return Home
Karen and Buddy Clarke, and their 15-year-old son Harry, are an example of a family with mixed emotions over the slow rebuilding process. Despite Karen's initial resistance, they have decided to return to their hometown of Pass Christian, Miss.