Neil Gaiman's busy year Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman burst onto the international scene two decades ago with his Sandman comic. Since then he's written novels, plays, filmscripts, and children's books.
Now his new collection of short stories has already cracked the New York Times Bestsellers List.4:50 p.m.
Stem cells, railroad make for fireworks in governor debate In their first and only post-primary debate outside of the Twin
Cities, the two frontrunners and Independence Party candidate Peter
Hutchinson were forced to address the medical research issue and a
railroad expansion that both loom large in the state's
third-largest city.5:19 p.m.
Light Rail neighbors complain about squeel
Some South Minneapolis residents are making noise about light rail. Neighbors of the Hiawatha line are complaining about the squealing they hear from some of the trains as they roll over curved sections of track. To talk more about the squealing, and what's being done to address it, MPR's Tom Crann talked with Metro Transit Chief Operating Officer Vince Pellegrin.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Sudan Puts Nations on Notice Over Peacekeepers
In a warning letter to nations that might contribute troops to a peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan has said it would consider such forces hostile and a prelude to an invasion. The United States ambassador to the United Nations lambasted Sudan for trying to intimidate U.N. member nations.
U.S. Weighs Threats, Credibility with Sudan, N. Korea
U.S. officials say a nuclear test by North Korea would be a provocative act and pose an unacceptable threat to world peace and stability. The threat of confrontation or retaliation sounds similar to others made recently by administration officials to the governments of Sudan and Iran. But what can the Bush administration do to back up its threats?
Spate of Violence Mars Ramadan in Iraq
Predictions of another bloody Ramadan in Iraq have already been confirmed. Insurgents have escalated attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces since the holy month began, particularly in Baghdad. And there has been no let-up in the sectarian blood-letting.
All-in-One Reporters at Nashville Station
As part of a strategy to cut costs and improve its newsroom, one Nashville TV station has converted its staff to a collection of all-in-one producers. Everyone in the newsroom, from anchor to camera man, has the power to produce, edit and broadcast their own stories -- the so-called "Video Journalism" model.
New Districts May Ease GOP's Election Troubles
The news has been mostly bad for Republicans this week: a scandal on Capitol Hill; a new book that sharply critiques the White House's anti-terrorism strategy; and a report of ties between the White House and Jack Abramoff. But with districts across the country drawn to protect the Republican majority, less than 1 in 10 House races are close.
Five Weeks Out: Here Come the Negative Ads
With elections less than five weeks away, House races around the country are heating up. And in many instances, they are also getting ugly. All Things Considered speaks with reporters at newspapers about races in North Carolina's 11th District, Colorado's 4th District, and Wisconsin's 8th District.
Alaskan Storm Plays Role of Butterfly for Antarctica
The Antarctic B-15 iceberg broke into pieces in October 2005, but scientists didn't know what caused the ice shift. But two researchers recently discovered the ice shift originated 13,000 km away – in Alaska.
Christie's Auctions Star Trek Memorabilia
Auction house Christie's begins its sale of thousands of Star Trek memorabilia. Visitors can touch the merchandise and see original and close-to-original furniture and costumes. Space stations like Deep Space Nine and various alien weapons are also available.
Hastert Seeks Inquiries of Foley Case, Page System
House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he takes responsibility for the scandal stemming from resigned Rep. Mark Foley's communications with a former congressional page. But he said he has no intention of resigning as speaker, vowing to seek another term after the November elections.
Special Inquiry Needed, Former Ethics Chair Says
The former head of the House Ethics Committee says a special counsel or independent task force may be the most appropriate way to investigate Congress's handling of the Mark Foley scandal. Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) says the move is needed to help dispel the perception that members of Congress were involved in a cover-up.