Criminal justice information sharing raises questions Information in the criminal justice system changes lives. Minnesota officials are building a system to share more of that information.
Privacy advocates say the state needs to do more to ensure that data is accurate and secure.4:50 p.m.
Appeals court rules in favor of DM&E expansion A group fighting the DM&E railroad expansion has lost an important court battle. The Rochester Coalition wants to block the railroad's expansion and upgrade in order to keep high-speed trains from passing through the city. A federal appeals court decision could be the final government approval for the project.5:50 p.m.
Ethiopian Troops Among Those Entering Mogadishu
Troops loyal to Somalia's transitional government -- along with some forces from Ethiopia -- have entered the capital city of Mogadishu, where near-total anarchy rules. The Islamist fighters of the Islamic Courts Union have fled, leaving their guns in the hands of local militias and warlords.
Ethiopian Emissary on Somali Violence
Melissa Block talks with Dr. Samuel Assefa, Ethiopia's ambassador to the United States, about his country's role in Somalia, where a conflict has escalated over the past week. Ethiopian forces are said to be backing the Somali government forces that have entered the capital of Mogadishu.
The Shifting U.S. Policy on Somalia
U.S. policy toward Somalia has oscillated between engagement and neglect. A humanitarian crisis drew American troops into the country in 1992. But after the Black Hawk disaster, America pulled out. The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks heightened U.S. concern that failed states could spawn terrorism.
Forgetting a Language, and Learning it Anew
As an adult, Pueng Vongs is relearning how to speak her native language. When she was a child, her family emigrated to the U.S. from Thailand. Isolated from other Thais in the Midwest, her parents decided that they should speak only English in their home.
YouTube Is a Sign of Fast-Moving Times
If you want an example of hyper-speed in the digital world, consider the video-sharing company YouTube. A year ago hardly anyone knew it existed. Now millions of users look at YouTube videos daily; it played a role in the 2006 Congressional elections, and in October, Google bought YouTube for a whopping $1.65 billion.
Will 2007 Bring Another YouTube Phenomenon?
You Tube was the Web phenomenon of 2006, but what should we expect in 2007? Melissa Block speaks with a number of tech-savvy individuals about what they think the next big thing is. Melissa talks with Danah Boyd, PhD candidate at UC-Berkeley in the School of Information and graduate fellow at the USC Annenberg Center.
Betty Ford and the Stigma of Discussing Cancer
Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Richard Wender, president of The American Cancer Society, about former First Lady Betty Ford's very public battle with breast cancer in 1974. Ford's disclosure of her disease in 1974 led to a coming out of sorts for women-- no longer was breast cancer a taboo subject.
Letters: Sudan, Ian Black, and the .30-06
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails. Among this week's topics: Melissa Block's interview with the Sudanese Charge d'Affaires to the United States; a commentary from Dr. Ian Black, who treats soldiers who have been wounded in the Iraq War; and Elsa Heidorn's story about the 100th anniversary of the .30-06 rifle cartridge.
FDA Declares Cloned Food to Be Safe for Humans
The Food and Drug Administration says meat and milk from most cloned animals is safe to consume. But the agency won't lift a voluntary moratorium on the sale of any products from cloned livestock for at least three months.
Is Cloning the Next Step in Cattle Development?
Robert Siegel talks again with D.T. Max, author of The Family that Couldn't Sleep, about Robert Bakewell, the 18th century agriculturalist who introduced stockbreeding methods that changed the quality of Britain's sheep and cattle.