Of microbes, patterns and the urban condition "The Ghost Map" is a chronicle of the 1854 cholera outbreak that ravaged London's Soho neighborhood, the two men who determined its source, and how it all changed epidemiology, mapping and the way cities work.4:50 p.m.
South Dakota lawmakers learn from national scandal South Dakota's lawmakers will be called into a first-of-its-kind special session in late November to investigate allegations that a state senator acted inappropriately with a legislative page.5:20 p.m.
Buffett buy shows confidance in Target Corp.
The stock price of Minneapolis-based Target Corporation rose as much as 2 and a half percent the morning after billionaire Warren Buffett's investment company disclosed it had acquired five and a half million shares in the discount retailer. Minnesota Public Radio's Steven John talked to Phil Dow, Managing Director of Equity Strategy at RBC Dain Rauscher in Minneapolis, about how Target fits into Buffett's famous investment strategy.5:25 p.m.
The cost of Minnesota timber The high price of timber was creating a crisis in Minnesota's forest products industry. Then the price crashed, making things worse.5:50 p.m.
Mesaba reaches tentative agreement with mechanics Bankrupt Mesaba Airlines and the union representing its mechanics have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that would cut the mechanics' pay and benefits. With today's announcement, the mechanics join the pilots and flight attendants unions, which also have tentative agreements awaiting member votes.5:55 p.m.
SCSU poll gives DFLers edge in top races
With only a week to go before Election Day, a new poll from St. Cloud State University gives DFLer Mike Hatch a 10 point lead over Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty. The same poll shows DFLer Amy Klobuchar leading Republican Mark Kennedy by a wide margin.6:22 p.m.
They're altogether ooky The origin of Halloween extends back more than 2,000 years to the Celtic festival celebrating the end of the harvest. Now we spend this day paying homage to all things spooky and creepy. MPR's Tom Crann talks with Dr. John Hallberg about some ancient and creepy medical practices that are still in use today.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraqi Security Collapses in Shiite Area; Troops Return
Hoping to stem the tide of sectarian violence, U.S. troops return to Saab al-Bur, a small Shiite town in a largely Sunni region. Last month, U.S. troops handed control of the area to Iraqi security forces. Within days, Saab al-Bur was engulfed in warfare and 90 percent of the residents fled.
October 31: Deadly Month Is Finally Over in Iraq
More than 100 members of the U.S. forces in Iraq were killed in October, making it the deadliest month for U.S. forces there since January 2005. Sectarian violence raged throughout the monthlong Ramadan, despite a beefed-up U.S. presence. This month, Vice President Cheney and others have objected to media coverage of the casualties.
Pakistanis Protest Attack on Muslim Academy
Thousands of Pakistani tribesmen protest an attack on a Muslim religious academy in Pakistan's Bajur district in Khar, where about 80 people were killed. The Pakistani military describes the attack as a strike on an al-Qaida hideout. Robert Siegel talks with David Montero, correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.
Why 'Islamofascism' May Create New U.S. Enemies
A growing number of conservative commentators, policymakers and even the president have used the term "Islamofascist" to refer to Islamist extremists. But critics argue that the term offends millions of Muslims by suggesting Islam itself is the enemy.
High Court Reviews High-Dollar Cigarette Judgment
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case to determine how high punitive damages can go when a state court finds extreme corporate misconduct. In a suit against Phillip Morris, the company was ordered to pay $79.5 million for a smoker's death.
The Ethics of Medical Research on Children
Parents of children with fatal diseases must decide whether to enroll them in experimental clinical trials. And that raises a difficult ethical question: when is it appropriate to test unproven treatments on children?
Elephants Have a Concept of Self, Study Suggests
A study titled "Self-Recognition in an Asian Elephant" has found that elephants, like humans, chimpanzees, and dolphins, recognize themselves in mirrors. Robert Siegel talks with Joshua Plotnik, a gradate student in psychology at Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center, who co-authored the study.
Miss Virginia, and the Need for Friends
When she was a child, commentator Laura Lorson made friends with an older woman who worked in an antique store. Laura learned a lot about old things, and how to appraise antiques. She also learned that older people could need friends just as much as children do.
Campaigns Gear Up for a Push to Finish in Elections
Midterm elections are one week away, and campaigns are making their final strategic moves to vie for a good showing at the polls. Robert Siegel talks with two campaign consultants who are in the thick of things: Democratic media stragegist David Axelrod, and Republican consultant Bill Greener.
Ohio Election Rules in Limbo a Week Before Vote
In Ohio, a federal judge is set to hear arguments over key parts of that state's new election-reform law -- which was meant to solve the voting problems that came up during the 2004 presidential election. The Wednesday hearing will determine whether voter identification will still be required on Election Day, Nov. 7.