Young Lutheran pastors rebuild their lives after Haiti tragedy Eleven months after the earthquake in Haiti, Renee Splichal Larson is doing what she and her husband had hoped to do together: serve a Lutheran congregation. Benjamin Larson died when the orphanage where he was staying with his wife and cousin collapsed.3:45 p.m.
Muslims in St. Cloud seek their own cemetery When 20-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim's father died of a stroke in February, he learned that leaders at the mosque in St. Cloud could not help his family. They ended up burying his father about 60 miles away in Willmar.5:20 p.m.
Young Lutheran pastors rebuild their lives after Haiti tragedy Eleven months after the earthquake in Haiti, Renee Splichal Larson is doing what she and her husband had hoped to do together: serve a Lutheran congregation. Benjamin Larson died when the orphanage where he was staying with his wife and cousin collapsed.5:45 p.m.
For U.S. Troops, Another Christmas In Iraq
This is the eighth Christmas that American troops have spent in Iraq. And they've got one more to go, should the U.S. stay true to its promise to withdraw all troops by the end of next year. NPR's Kelly McEvers paid a visit to troops of the 1st Infantry Division in northern Iraq to see what the war sounds like this Christmas.
Week In Politics
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Reihan Salam, a blogger at National Review and policy adviser at Economics 21; and Cynthia Tucker, a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
'Biutiful': Tragedy And Addiction In Barcelona
Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzales Inaritu -- who made Babel and 21 Grams -- has now made a tragedy, a story of people who are struggling in Barcelona. They're struggling with cancer, with bipolar disorder, with drug addiction and with poverty. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Gonzales Inaritu about the new film, Biutiful, which stars Javier Bardem.
Tensions High 2 Years Since Launch Of Gaza War
It's been two years since the Gaza War was launched -- and tensions are high on both sides of the border since a spate of tit-for-tat violence over the past few weeks. The head of Israel's military has warned the Israeli parliament that the border between Gaza and Israel is a tinderbox. Hamas says it's not responsible for the uptick in rocket attacks, but Israel says it's accountable for violence directed at Israel.
As Germany Ends Draft, Fears Of A Labor Shortage
Germany's government has announced plans to scrap compulsory military service and optional community service. That's left many social service agencies deeply worried. They rely on the 90,000 conscripts who opt for the alternative community service.
The Year In Sports
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the big sports events of the past year.
Chefs Get Nostalgic Over Favorite Holiday Dishes
NPR asked four chefs to divulge the dish that most reminds them of the holidays. Atlanta-based food chemist Shirley Corriher says her favorite is her grandmother's sweet potato pudding, while Dorie Greenspan thinks fondly of gingerbread cookies -- and what happened when her son was young.
Rare Find: A $30,000 Bottle Of Wine
Eric Renaud, the senior sommelier at Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa, Fla., recently found a double magnum 1947 bottle of Chateau Latour. The restaurant priced it at $30,000. Renaud talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about this rare find.
Temporary Work For The Holiday Season
With more than 15 million Americans still unemployed, companies have had little trouble finding temporary workers for the holiday season. In fact, hiring temps is becoming more and more common in all workplaces, all year round. Today, we get to know a few of those temps who are helping make our holidays brighter. First, NPR's Wendy Kaufman sets out to find those real-life elves who ship Christmas presents; WSHU's Craig Lemoult visits Nodine's Smokehouse in Torrington, Conn., where workers are smoking hams, bacon, duck, venison and beef jerky; and NPR's Wade Goodwyn visits the Lionel train exhibition in Dallas.
Poll Examines Life For The Long-Term Unemployed
In addition to the high rate of unemployment, an unusually large share of the unemployed have been out of work for a long time. What that's like, and how it conditions people's view of the future are questions addressed by a new Rutgers University poll. For more on that poll, NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Cliff Zukin, a professor of public policy and political science at Rutgers.