MPR candidacy statement: Peter Hutchinson
As part of our election coverage, Minnesota Public Radio has offered the candidates for governor and U.S. Senate an opportunity to record three minute statements about their candidacy. Each day at this time we're playing the statements of candidates in the Governor's race. Today we hear from Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson.4:46 p.m.
Hatch embraces "bulldog" label Mike Hatch is well-known to Minnesotans as a scrappy -- sometimes confrontational -- politician, and he's embracing his bulldog image in his third run for the governor's office.5:23 p.m.
MPR candidacy statement: Mark Kennedy
As part of our election coverage, Minnesota Public Radio has offered all of the candidates for U.S. Senate and governor an opportunity to record three-minute statements. Every day this week on All Things Considered, we'll play one of the U.S. Senate candidate statements at this time. Today, we'll hear from Republican candidate Mark Kennedy.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Republicans Keep Spotlight on Kerry Comment
Republicans fire away at Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Vice President Cheney and others say Kerry insulted U.S. troops with a recent remark, but the senator insists he was trying to poke fun at President Bush, not soldiers.
Black Civil-War Soldier Gets Overdue Honors
For more than a century, Lt. Stephen Atkins Swails has lain in an unmarked grave in Charleston, S.C., his life story largely forgotten. But recently, local historians held a long overdue ceremony honoring the life of the extraordinary African-American Civil War soldier and statesman.
Eggers Blends Fact, Fiction of Sudanese 'Lost Boys'
The story of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the tens of thousands of children refugees from the Sudanese civil war, is the basis for Dave Eggers' new novel, What Is the What. Eggers and Deng talk about their collaboration and the traumas the "Lost Boys" endured.
Many Congressional Races Hinge on Female Vote
Some polls show the undecided voters of this election are women, particularly suburban women with children, who don't focus on politics along conventional party lines. They are concerned about national and economic security, and their votes are pivotal this fall, especially in the hotly contested suburban congressional districts near Philadelphia, where four seats are at stake.
High Turnout Expected for Young Voters, Study Says
A Harvard Institute of Politics study concludes that nearly one-third of 18- to 24-year-olds plan on voting in the upcoming midterm elections. That could mean the highest turnout for the age group in any midterm election in the last 20 years. Robert Siegel talks to IOP Director Jeanne Shaheen.
Defining the War on Terror
There is considerable disagreement over whether the United States is currently engaged in a war. The phrase 'war on terror' is used almost daily, but the definition of what a war is has changed from previous conflicts.
North Carolina Sues TVA to Clean Up Pollution
North Carolina is fed up with air pollution from other states making people sick and blanketing its scenic vistas with haze. Now it hopes to force the Tennessee Valley Authority, one of country's biggest polluters, to change its ways by using one of the oldest types of lawsuits: the nuisance suit.
Where Have All the Pumpkins Gone?
We reflect on the fate of pumpkins this time of year — from the generous gift of pumpkins to everyone in town by an anonymous citizen in Boone, Colo., to the townwide pumpkin disappearance in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where teens "harvest" the squash fruit to use for the annual Pumpkin Roll down the Grove Street hill.
The How and Why of Life and Death
Kevin Kling takes us on a journey that starts with learning how to use voice-recognition software after a motorcycle accident; then to Dante and the things in our lives that haunt us all; some we are born with and others we create with the choices we make.