Season's greetings from Twin Cities stages In addition to all the Nutcrackers, Scrooge at the Guthrie, the Grinch at the Children's Theatre Company and some singers dreaming of a White Christmas at the Ordway, there are some unusual holiday stage shows that may be flying below your radar.5:21 p.m.
Children's Museum turns 25 The Minnesota Children's Museum is 25 years old. While the size, shape and location of the facility have undergone several changes, its mission has remained constant: using play to spark learning.6:19 p.m.
Local librarian wins New York Times award Dana Bjerke, a youth services librarian at the Ridgedale library in Minnetonka, has won a New York Times librarian award for 2006. The award honors public librarians who have contributed to the accessibility and integrity of their institutions.6:22 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush Meets With Iraq's Sunni Vice President
President Bush meets with the top Sunni leader in the Iraqi government, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, as the White House continues to review the situation in Iraq. Hashimi heads the Iraq Islamic Party, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Since he joined the government last spring, Hashimi's sister and two other relatives have been murdered by Sunni insurgents.
Meat Firms Give USDA an Earful on 'Natural' Label
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a new definition of "natural foods," at least when it comes to meat and poultry. At a public meeting, the agency heard from critics who say that for meat labels, a "natural" claim should only be allowed when meats don't contain any additives or preservatives.
American Public Sours on U.S. Iraq Strategy
With poll numbers showing Americans increasingly sour about the war in the Iraq, we asked people on the street what they think of the war, the President's handling of it, and the recent report by the Iraq Study Group.
Opinion on Iraq War Drops; Bush Delays Speech
New polls show plummeting public support for the war in Iraq. This comes as President Bush meets with advisers, military commanders and Iraq's vice president to talk about changing U.S. strategy in Iraq. On Wednesday, Mr. Bush will hold a final Pentagon meeting with departing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Despite word from the White House that a major policy address would come before Christmas, the speech has now been delayed until January.
FDA Floats Plan to Widen Access to Trial Drugs
The Food and Drug Administration proposes making experimental drugs more widely available to patients with serious illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. But the drugs, which lack FDA approval, may carry serious risks.
Looking Behind the 'Natural' Label on Foods
Noah Adams talks with nutritionist Marion Nestle about what it really means when foods are labeled "natural." Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Her latest book is What To Eat.
Hearing Earth: Rumblings of a Complex Planet
Listener John Bullitt of Somerville, Mass., adds his seismographic recording of the planet Earth to our series SoundClips. He speeds the audio up so that what is normally inaudible to humans can be heard.
Justice Dept. Alters Approach to Corporate Privilege
After an outcry by corporate attorneys, the Justice Department has changed some rules about how it decides whether to indict corporations and their officials. Federal prosecutors had been instructed to make charging decisions based in part on whether corporations agreed to waive their constitutional right to attorney-client privilege -- and to refuse to pay the legal fees of company officials.
An Airport Gets Its Tree Up, but Misses an Opportunity
Commentator Holly Lebowitz Rossi has been watching with great interest as a Christmas tree argument turned into a fracas at the Seattle-Tacoma airport in Washington. She thinks the airport missed an opportunity to make a bold and brave statement.