Ian Frazier explores the lure of Siberia For almost 20 years, writer Ian Frazier has been obsessed by a place which many people use as a metaphor for unpleasantness - Siberia. He's just published his account of his five visits to the area called "Travels in Siberia."4:54 p.m.
6th District candidates hold lively debate Candidates for the U.S. House seat in Minnesota's 6th District debated for the first time Tuesday, in what is likely the most expensive congressional campaign in the country.5:20 p.m.
In China, Looking For Mr. Right (Enough)
Just underneath China's modern, shiny surface, many aspects of life are still very traditional. Marriage is one of those areas. And women, in particular, and their parents fret about not finding a suitable partner before they grow too old and become a "leftover woman."
Meg Whitman On Campaign Spending, Ads
NPR's Michele Norris talks to Meg Whitman, Republican nominee for governor of California, who currently trails her opponent, former Gov. Jerry Brown. Whitman has poured more than $140 million of her own money into her campaign. She says if she's elected, that money will be the best investment she could have ever made in changing California.
Top Saddam Ally Tariq Aziz Sentenced To Death
One of Saddam Hussein's top lieutenants has been sentenced to death for persecuting Iraqi Shiites. Tariq Aziz, who gave himself up to American forces shortly after the 2003 invasion, was Iraq's longtime foreign minister and deputy prime minister, and Saddam's chief envoy to the international community.
Conquering A Fear Of Robots
Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on how the number of automated tasks that take place in our lives once troubled him. But no longer. He's come to peace with all the robotic devices that surround us.
Obama's Foreclosure Prevention Efforts Criticized
A federal auditor says the Home Affordable Modification Program is reaching too few people and hurting some homeowners by stringing them along, then rejecting them. But new data show the program is working well for those homeowners who actually manage to qualify.
Farm Work: Americans Steer Clear Of Apple Harvest
In Washington state, agriculture wages are up nearly 8 percent over the last two years. Some of this increase may be attributable to increased immigration enforcement by the federal government. Still, unemployed Americans aren't applying for jobs in the state's apple orchards.
In Information Age, Leaks Are Here To Stay
The disclosure of secret intelligence files is in many ways a phenomenon of the information age, and national security officials in the U.S. and other countries need to prepare for the consequences, WikiLeaks or no WikiLeaks.
Vijay Iyer Blends The Old With The New
Anointed the next bright hope of jazz, last year's breakout pianist took only two days to record his first solo album of originals and covers. Does it live up to high expectations? NPR's Tom Moon reviews the album here.