U of M strike hinges on 'step increases' Step increases are automatic raises for union workers, and are common in the public sector. The university wants to negotiate them, while the union doesn't.5:19 p.m.
Prevention can save 100,000 lives per year An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You've heard it before. The adage is old, but the words are still true. A new study proves that ounce of prevention can save some 100,000 lives each year.5:50 p.m.
Bela Tarr films human dignity Bela Tarr makes the kind of art films that some people love to hate. In some ways it's the stuff of art film stereotype, but in Bela Tarr's case, the critics say he does it right. He is hailed as one of Europe's major directors, and this weekend he is in the Twin Cities to talk about his work.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
A Turning Point in the Iraq War?
This week, Congress heard two days of testimony on progress in the Iraq war, and President Bush gave an address endorsing a gradual reduction in U.S. troops there. What effect will the week's events have on the future U.S. presence in Iraq?
Rooting Out New Orleans Corruption with Few Tools
Robert Cerasoli is New Orleans' first inspector general; his job is to be a watchdog over local government and root out corruption and waste. But as of now, the newly hired Cerasoli doesn't have an office or car, and he makes calls from his personal cell phone.
Ghosts of Lynching on a College Campus
Commentator Sherrilyn Ifill has fought racism her entire life, as a civil rights lawyer and as a mother. When a noose was found on a tree at the University of Maryland — where she teaches and her daughter is a freshman — she had to ask, "Will this ever end?"
Fact-Checking the President's Speech on Iraq
In his speech last night on Iraq, President Bush used a lot of numbers to provide his view of the war in Iraq and to propose a troop withdrawal. NPR checks the facts cited by the president.
Murdered Sheik Was Fearless Fighter, Colonel Says
Michele Norris talks with Army Col. Sean MacFarland, who worked with Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the Sunni tribal leader and U.S. ally assassinated Thursday. MacFarland remembers the sheik as a charismatic figure who was fearless in his fight against al-Qaida in Iraq.
Indian Tribe Denounces Whale Killing
Last Saturday, five members of the Makah Nation illegally killed a gray whale in waters off Washington state. Members of the Makah tribal council this week condemned the killing. They worry that the illegal hunt will harm their prospects for legally renewing the Makah's whaling tradition.
Patriots Punished in Video-Spying Scandal
The NFL will fine the New England Patriots $250,000 and their coach, Bill Belichick, $500,000 for videotaping the New York Jets' signals last Sunday. The Patriots will also lose a first-draft pick. Michele Norris talks with Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.
The Go! Team Is Still Having Fun
Ian Parton used to be the band's sole member, but his love of horns, hip-hop samples and female singers means the group keeps getting bigger. Proof of Youth, the band's second album, is just as fun as Thunder, Lightning, Strike, but stronger and louder.