Days of future past If you grew up anytime after the World's Fair of 1939, you've probably had many a glimpse into the marvelous future and the technological marvels it was to hold. Minneapolis authors Eric and Jonathan Dregni have collected some of those long ago futuristic images in a book called "Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of our Fantastic Future."4:40 p.m.
No special session for South Dakota Senate There won't be a special session of lawmakers in South Dakota later this month. That's because the lawmaker under investigation resigned; but only for a few weeks.5:19 p.m.
Rich Cohen tells it "Sweet and Low" Writer Rich Cohen's grandfather Ben invented two things that changed US eating habits. First he invented the machine that makes those little sugar packets you find in restaurants. Then he invented "Sweet and Low" the sugar substitute. The family made millions. But the story went sour, and Cohen's branch of the family got cut out of the will. He chronicles what happens in his new book "Sweet and Low."5:49 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Top Iraqi Police Officers Arrested in Mass Abduction
In Baghdad, a senior police commander and four officers are arrested in connection with Tuesday morning's kidnappings at the Higher Education Ministry building. Most of the hostages seized have reportedly been released. Officials say both Shiites and Sunnis were among those seized, but some witnesses say only Shiites were targeted.
Widespread Instability in Iraq Hinders Students
Melissa Block talks with Omar al-Farouk al-Damluji, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Baghdad University, and former Minister of Construction and Housing, about the poor security situation at universities and elsewhere in Iraq, as well as the brain drain. Al-Damluji says many students cannot attend classes due to lack of security.
Pentagon Eyes Longer Tours for Guardsmen
Four years ago, President Bush called up National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers. They were not supposed to serve longer than 24 months. But as Iraq and Afghanistan require the presence of more troops, the Pentagon is considering resetting the clock.
Americans Turning Their Attention to Tea
Of the tea sold in the United States each year, 85 percent is consumed as iced tea. When it comes to hot caffeinated beverages, Americans still prefer coffee. But that's changing. A boom in premium and specialty teas has forced the venerable tea company, Lipton's, to make changes to its products.
Eating the Unknown: Best Meal Ever
When commentator Daniel Pinkwater goes for a meal at a neighborhood Chinese restaurant, the owner treats him like family. And when she brings an amazing dish, he devours it. But she cannot tell him anything about it: not its name, what it is called in Chinese or English; nothing.
Arizona's Giffords Prepares to Serve in House
Melissa Block talks with Gabrielle Giffords, representative-elect from Arizona's 8th district. She's a Democrat elected in a conservative-leaning district; Giffords ran as a moderate. At 36, she will be one of the youngest House members on Capitol Hill.
Al Jazeera English Set for Debut; Are Viewers?
The Al Jazeera English news channel will begin airing Wednesday. But it remains to be seen how many Americans will -- or can -- tune in to the channel, which has hired well-known journalists from the BBC, CNN and ABC News. America's cable providers have shunned the Qatar-based network's first English-language offering.
'Borat' Faces Legal Challenges on Public Releases
The movie Borat depends on a lot of real people for its humor. And now that it's a box-office hit, some of those real people are challenging the legality of the releases they signed to allow their appearance in the film. Did every non-actor who appeared in the movie sign a release? How airtight are those agreements?
Panel Weighs Equity of Crack, Cocaine Sentences
U.S. sentencing guidelines treat 1 gram of crack the same as 100 grams of powder cocaine. So crack users can get much longer prison sentences than powder users. The U.S. Sentencing Commission holds a public hearing to consider the 20-year-old law.
A Family Reunion that Stretches and Strengthens Ties
Here's a question that a lot of people are asking, as divorce and remarriage break and blend families: What do you call your half-sister's mother's children from her second marriage? Commentator Heather King recently went to a big reunion where she met people she is barely related to via divorce. She was unsure about meeting them -- but at the end of the weekend, she decided that they are all family.