Dawn Upshaw sings a new song with the SPCO Soprano Dawn Upshaw is joining the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as the group's next artistic partner. The international classical-music celebrity says she's excited about this upcoming collaboration.3:58 p.m.
Coleman, Franken in dispute over MoveOn.org ad Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has taken out a full-page ad in the Star Tribune newspaper, criticizing Democrat Al Franken. Franken says the ad is intended to distract voters from Coleman's support for the war in Iraq.5:24 p.m.
MPR's parent buys radio station in Miami American Public Media Group has purchased WMCU, a Christian station that broadcasts in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. The new station will broadcast classical music.5:54 p.m.
MIA hires new director The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has named Kaywin Feldman as its new director and president. She has been head of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis for the past eight years.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Myanmar Regime Begins All-Night Curfews
The military government in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the nation's two largest cities and once again warned of harsh punishment for protesters. The move came as pro-democracy demonstrations continued, with thousands of Buddhist monks and their supporters marched through the streets of Yangon, defying government orders. orders.
Bush Calls for Sanctions on Myanmar
President Bush called on nations to support the pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar, formerly Burma. At the United Nations today, President Bush said Americans were "outraged" over human rights abuses in Myanmar.
Anbar Alliance May Not Translate to Other Provinces
U.S. officials trumpet the success of their alliance with Sunni tribes in Anbar as a model, but attempts at reconciliation in nearby Diyala Province have been thwarted by insurgent attacks and an ethnic divide that does not exist in Anbar.
U.S. Test Results Show Growth in Math, Not Reading
The Education Department's highly anticipated national test scores for 4th- and 8th-graders show modest improvements in math, but flat scores in reading. Many educators have said the 2007 results would, for the first time, show whether No Child Left Behind is having an impact.
The Day Big Steps Were Taken at Little Rock
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock, Arkansas' Central High School. Confronted by hostile crowds, nine African-American students were ushered through the doors of the high school, forever challenging the nation's commitment to equal rights. Today, the students who made up the Little Rock Nine spoke to a sold-out crowd at Central High School.
Bhutto: Talks Continue on Pakistan Election
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was in Washington, D.C., today to discuss upcoming elections in Pakistan. Bhutto, who leads the opposition Pakistan People's Party, plans to return in mid-October, ending eight years of self-imposed exile. She said she is hoping to run for office again, but she indicated today that talks on her return have not gone well.
Media in Pakistan Emboldened Against Leader
Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf faces many challenges in his bid to retain power, but the country's Supreme Court has yet to decide if it's legal for him run for a new term. The court seems to have become genuinely independent — as, possibly, has another institution, the Pakistani media.
Gays in Iran? Disputing Ahmadenijad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad said Monday that there are no homosexuals in Iran. Melissa Block talks with Arsham Parsi, executive director for the IQO, or Iranian Queer Organization. Parsi, who fled Iran in 2005, currently lives in Canada.
Winners Welcome MacArthur 'Genius Grants'
The MacArthur Foundation announces 24 "Genius Grants" of $500,000 each. Some of the honorees include spider-silk biologist Cheryl Hayashi; neurorobotics expert Yoky Matsuoka; Lisa Cooper, who studied how race, ethnicity and gender influence the doctor/patient relationship; and classically trained vocalist Dawn Upshaw.
UAW Strike on GM Hinges on Preserving Jobs
The walkout against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is very much about trying to limit the relentless loss of union jobs at the company. GM has been shutting plants, laying off workers and moving some operations overseas as it tries to become more efficient in the global economy. The union says it wants assurances new jobs will go to Americans.