It's polling time again The midterm election is just weeks away, which means it's polling season. Our regular media analyst David Brauer has been keeping his eye on the polls, and talks more about how they fit into the news organizations who commission them.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Yes, the Superdome Is Ready for Some Football
The New Orleans Saints play their first home game since Hurricane Katrina, when levee breaks flooded the city last year and desperate people used the Superdome as a shelter. Now the city is returning to Monday Night Football.
Commercial Space Drive Takes a Stumble
The drive to commercialize space travel took a slight stumble Monday in the New Mexico desert, where the first launch from Spaceport America failed to reach space. The unmanned 20-foot rocket, built by Connecticut-based UP Aerospace Inc., took off safely before flying erratically.
Adult Marching Band Refuses to Yield
The Get a Life Marching Band resembles a typical high school band. They play instruments, wear uniforms, and march in parades. But there is one noticeable difference: Most members graduated from high school more than 30 years ago.
Long-Awaited Detainee Deal Short on Details
Republican leaders in the Senate and White House have reached a deal on handling terrorism suspects, but many elements of the bill remain unclear. The language surrounding acceptable interrogation methods is vague, leading to potential misunderstandings of what would be permitted.
A Top Chinese Official Is Fired in Corruption Probe
The top Communist party boss in Shanghai has been fired for corruption, the highest-level official to be caught in an anti-graft drive in more than 10 years. Chen Liangyu, the Shanghai party secretary, was implicated in a probe of misused social security funds.
The 'Disappeared' in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers have a reputation of killing rivals, and kidnapping children to serve in their ranks. Now, there are growing allegations that government security forces, or their proxies, are operating deaths squads with impunity.
Back to School, in Spurts and Starts
As a new school year starts nationwide, quiet settles on homes once filled with the bustle and bicker of children. Commentator Julie Zickefoose relishes time to herself, until the phone rings.