Duluth's poet Duluth's poet laureate, Bart Sutter, begins a year of events to bring poetry to people this weekend. The city is hosting an inaugural reading for Sutter.4:06 p.m.
Dolan approved as Minneapolis police chief The Council also approved an additional resolution that attempts to make sure the chief and the police department fully participate in police accountability efforts, including the Civilian Review Authority.4:35 p.m.
Minneapolis theater gets a nudge from Wendy Knox Frank Theatre in Minneapolis has a reputation for producing difficult, challenging works, often with a political point of view. That's because Frank's artistic director, Wendy Knox, wouldn't have it any other way.5:53 p.m.
The voice behind the candidate The voices on campaign ads can make even Santa Claus sound evil. Just ask Gary Groomes and Susan Fuller. They're the voices.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Polls Show Democrats' Advantage in House Races
It has been a month of dramatic developments for midterm campaigns. Although the economy remains strong, the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, and the scandal around resigned Rep. Mark Foley is unresolved. Polls show Democrats lead in about 40 House districts held by Republicans.
Week in Politics: Parties Adjust for Final Stretch
The midterm elections are now less than three weeks away, which puts the two main parties into overdrive as they try to control Congress. Robert Siegel talks with E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post, and Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review, who will join us from our bureau in New York.
Pope Benedict Sends Message to Muslims
The Vatican presents Pope Benedict's message to Muslims for the end of Ramadan. The message was rewritten to address the tensions triggered by the Pope's lecture in Germany. That lecture included a quote on Islam and violence that led to widespread outrage in the Muslim world.
Sliding Through the Art at London's Tate Modern
A new sculpture exhibition at London's Tate Modern gallery gives visitors a chance to experience art from the inside out. German artist Carsten Holler has built a series of long, curving slides inside the gallery's cavernous Turbine Hall.
Ivory Coast Tragedy Exposes Toxic Flow to Poor
Two months after hundreds of tons of toxic waste were dumped in and around the West African city of Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, the putrid stench and poisonous fumes have faded. But the international scandal has not.
School-in-a-Box Helps Children in Quake-Hit Kashmir
A year after an earthquake rocked South Asia's Kashmir region, UNICEF is providing a unique kind of emergency relief: its School-in-a-Box program. The metal boxes contain classroom supplies for up to 80 students, and were widely distributed in Pakistan over the past year.
Building a Tent City to Take Back a Neighborhood
Residents of a crime-plagued neighborhood in Richmond, Calif., are trying to reclaim one of the city's toughest areas, the so-called "Iron Triangle." They've pitched what amounts to a tent city, in hopes of discouraging drug dealers, gangs and thugs from doing business there.
Dessay Takes Handel for a Ride, with Poetry
The music of Handel is the subject of a CD from Natalie Dessay. Music critic Tom Manoff says the music, with poetry by Vatican Cardinal, can seem opulent and highly ornate. The CD is Delirio, with music by George Frideric Handel.
Sadr Militia Shows Ire with Foray in Southern Iraq
In Iraq, Shiite militiamen loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized control of the southern city of Amarah briefly Friday, after hours of fighting with local police. The Iraqi government and Sadr's group rushed emergency delegations to the city, and a curfew was imposed.
Iraq Has Tenuous Relations with the Sadr Militia
Shiite militants loyal to the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah for a short time this morning. Michele Norris talks with Peter Harling, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, about the attack and the make-up of the militiamen loyal to Sadr.