Beatty and Guinee on "Sweet Land" The new movie "Sweet Land," opening this weekend, tells the story of immigrant farmers struggling for survival in southwestern Minnesota just after World War One. Two of the film's stars, Ned Beatty and Tim Guinee who plays Olaf, came into the MPR studios to talk about the launch.4:50 p.m.
Study shows scant coverage of campaigns on TV If you're trying to become an informed voter, you're not going to get much help from watching television news. A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds television stations in nine Midwest markets devoted an average of 36 seconds to election coverage during the typical 30-minute local news broadcast. Commentator David Brauer looks at the study.5:23 p.m.
Minnesotan brings "micro-lending" concept home The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize went to a Bangladeshi economist who pioneered the idea of "micro-credit". Most such programs take place in developing countries, but Minnesotan Joe Selvaggio is giving out micro-grants here in the Twin Cities.5:53 p.m.
A tale of two sisters Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen has written a new novel. "Rise and Shine" is the story of two sisters in New York City.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
British General Refines Remarks on Iraq Pullout
Britain's most senior soldier has backed away from his remarks that the British Army's presence in Iraq "exacerbates the security problems." Gen. Richard Dannatt was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying that troops should be withdrawn "soon."
Iraqi Force May Take Hold in Tikrit in Next Year
Robert Siegel talks with Lt. Col. Mark Edmonds, Army Deputy Brigade Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne, about ongoing operations in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. Edmonds says that despite the fact that improvised explosive devices are still found daily, the city is much safer now than it had been. He added that he expects the Iraqi army to operate independently within the province within the next year.
Coup Rumors in Iraq Downplayed
Robert Siegel talks with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about rumors of a coup in Iraq that would impose martial law throughout the country. Ignatius says that despite a coup being unlikely, the rumors speak to the desperation Iraqis feel as a result of sectarian violence.
Gay Republicans Feel Heat from the Foley Scandal
It's an open secret in Washington that gay men play an active role in Republican Party politics at every level. In the wake of the recent Congressional sex scandal, gay Republican politicians and their staffers are finding themselves attacked from the right and from the left.
'Man of the Year' Is Politics as Usual
Barry Levinson's new film, Man of the Year is about a comedian, played by Robin Williams, who decides to run for president as a joke, but starts winning support from voters. The film falters when it switches from a comedy to a political thriller.
Pianist's Passions Span Music, America and Wolves
French-born Helene Grimaud is busy this season. She has a new CD, Reflection, and her autobiography, Wild Harmonies, has been published in English. The works explore the pianist's different loves, in both her musical and personal life.
Truman in the Movies: Truth and Fiction
The movie Infamous, which opens today, is the second film based on the part of Truman Capote's life when he researched and wrote his nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. Commentator Lennard Davis says this is evidence that truth and fiction are moving closer together.
U.N. Readies N. Korea Sanctions; Vote Saturday
The U.N. Security Council has agreed on the text of a resolution meant to punish North Korea for its reported test of a nuclear weapon this week. A vote on the sanctions resolution is set for Saturday.
Despite Critics, Pakistan May Expand Tribal Deal
More than a month has elapsed since Pakistan made a controversial peace deal with tribal leaders in North Waziristan, along the border with Afghanistan. The agreement has been criticized for allegedly allowing al-Qaida and the Taliban to regroup in the border mountains -- and attack U.S. forces in Afghanistan.