Q & A: How schools are preparing for H1N1 flu The start of the new school year is expected to cause a surge in the number of H1N1 influenza cases. MPR News' health reporter Lorna Benson answers questions about some of the possible scenarios that could arise this flu season.5:24 p.m.
Llamas in costume Llamas are best known for their work as pack animals in the highlands of Peru. At the Minnesota State Fair, however, they've set aside the trekking supplies and don costumes instead. Reporter Nikki Tundel attended the fair's 4-H Llama Costume Contest and learned a lot about the long-necked mammals.6:29 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Afghan Vote Questions May Take Months To Resolve
U.N. and Afghan officials confirmed reports of fraud in the Aug. 20 presidential elections and ordered a partial recount. The latest returns from the Afghan Election Commission show incumbent President Hamid Karzai now has enough votes to avoid a run-off with his nearest challenger.
How Should U.S. Handle Afghan Election Result?
Allegations of fraud have marred Afghanistan's presidential election. Ronald Neumann, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, says despite the allegations it is worth it for the White house to maintain support for Afghanistan.
Teen Ga. Phenom Takes U.S. Open By Storm
The player to watch at this U.S. Open has been the unsuspecting 17-year-old Melanie Oudin. Ranked 70th in the world, the Marietta, Ga., teen has battled her way to the quarterfinals. Former tennis pro and U.S. Open commentator Mary Joe Fernandez says Oudin has become "America's sweetheart overnight."
Letters: Obama's Speech, KitchenAid, Recordings
Melissa Block and Noah Adams read from criticism of the coverage of President Obama's address to students, and letters of praise for stories about KitchenAid blenders and home audio recordings.
Rethinking 'Retarded': Should It Leave The Lexicon?
People are starting to think twice about using the word "retarded" as a casual put-down. The word is no longer used in medical and social service circles, and activists are campaigning against television shows and movies that use the so-called r-word offensively.
Financial Crisis Gave Candidate Obama A Boost
A year ago, the financial crisis offered voters a glimpse of the two presidential candidates in action. It was a moment that solidified Barack Obama's narrow lead over John McCain. Once Obama was elected, the crisis defined his early presidency.
Examining Stock Market A Year After Crisis Began
Ted Weisberg, president of Seaport Securities and a floor trader at the New York Stock Exchange, says though there has been a stock rally since last year's lows, "there's still a lot of blood on the street." Weisberg says the Dow Jones industrial average is still down 30 percent from its 2007 highs, but he sees the glass as half-full.
Libel Case Sparks New Focus On Stalin's Reputation
A Russian court has agreed to hear a libel case brought by Josef Stalin's grandson over a commentary stating that Stalin ordered the killings of millions of Soviet citizens. Historians and human rights activists say the case is yet another effort by Moscow to airbrush Stalin's image.
The Business Trip: An On-The-Job Getaway
Most of us have to take a vacation from work in order to travel. But occasionally our work will require us to take a trip. Philosopher Alain de Botton says to savor the moments away from your desk.
Is Biking Easier In New York? Ask The Bike Snob
This summer, New York City completed the final stretch of its 200 miles of bike lanes. The city has been labeled officially "bike friendly" by the League of American Bicyclists. To find out what is driving an estimated 23,000 New Yorkers a day to hop on the bike, we turned to a man who is well known in the city's cycling community: the blogger BikeSnobNYC.