Lili Taylor comes to town Lili Taylor hasn't hit 40 yet, but she has made 40 movies. She's known as "the Queen of the Independents," having appeared in such indie classics as "Mystic Pizza," "Short Cuts," "I Shot Andy Warhol," "High Fidelity" and "Casa de los Babys." She also played Lisa in the cult show "Six Feet under." This weekend the Walker Art Center begins a two week retrospective of her work.4:57 a.m.
Northwest Airlines pilots to take strike vote A bankruptcy judge wants the airline and its unions to reach a contract deal before soon. But the pilots union leaders said the rank and file will be voting on whether to authorize a strike.5:24 a.m.
MPCA researcher reports dramatic test results as she's forced out Blood samples taken from Mississippi River fish near a 3M plant show high levels of a chemical related to the company's former Scotchgard operations. Those levels are believed to be the highest found anywhere in the world. The tests were conducted by an MPCA scientist who left the agency this week, after a long dispute with her bosses over her research.5:49 a.m.
Africa Cup of Nations
As millions of Americans are gearing up for the biggest sports event of the year the Super Bowl, many Arab Americans have their eyes on another mega sporting event - the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament. It runs in Egypt until February 10.5:53 a.m.
Art on ice Visitors to Minnesota often stop and wonder at the strange collection of ice fishing shacks that appear on the lakes each winter. Now even the locals are stopping to stare at a a group of shacks on Medicine Lake in Plymouth. The "Art Shanty Project" is a collection of ice houses with an artistic flair.6:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Washington's Busy Week
E.J. Dionne, a Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, discuss this week's State of the Union address, GOP leadership elections in the House, budget cuts and the warrant-less wiretapping program.
Modern Works Take Center Stage in Russian Theater
Despite the struggles of Russia's publishing and film industries, theater in Moscow has remained dynamic in both large and small venues. For most of the 1990s, audiences preferred classics and snubbed contemporary drama. But new plays have become a growing staple of recent seasons.
Jones' 'Three Burials' Fulfills Its Promise
Tommy Lee Jones stars and makes his directorial debut in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. The film was in theaters briefly in December to qualify for Oscar consideration. It didn't receive any nominations, but critic Bob Mondello says it's as deserving as the films that did.
Bolton's U.N. Reform, a Complicated Mission
When President Bush skirted Congress and gave John Bolton a recess appointment to serve as ambassador to the United Nations, the idea was to shake up the scandal-ridden world body. But Bolton's focus on management reforms and his threats of holding up U.S. finances have angered many.
Violence Punctuates Days Before Haitian Election
Haiti prepares for its first presidential election in nearly two years. Officials say they have a system in place to assure a fair process at Tuesday's polls. But the unstable nation is experiencing an upsurge in violence, and U.N. forces will provide security as millions of Haitians vote.
African-American Identity: More than DNA Tests
Commentator John McWhorter says he doesn't need a DNA mouth swab to know where he came from. He's content with his family history the way it is: He's a black American, he admires his ancestors and that's all he needs to know.
Fans Gear Up for Extra-Large Super Bowl
After a 40-year wait, football fans finally have a Super Bowl bearing a Roman numeral befitting the game: XL. Two weeks of extra-large hype end with Sunday's contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Super Bowl and the Rise of 'Oddvertising'
Some 130 million people are expected to watch Super Bowl XL on Sunday. As always, advertisers are paying big bucks to grab viewers' attention — and some have resorted to making their spots as strange or unpredictable as possible, says author Warren Berger in his book, Advertising Today.
Kansas High Court Limits Access to Abortion Records
In a case that abortion rights supporters are calling a major victory, the Kansas Supreme Court rules that prosecutors cannot have unlimited access to abortion patients' medical records. The case pitted patients' privacy rights against the state's interest in prosecuting certain types of crimes.
Moussaoui's Fate to Be Decided by Jury
After four years of delays and legal detours, jury selection will begin Monday for the sentencing of admitted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. He has already pleaded guilty to complicity in the Sept. 11 plots. But federal law lays down a high standard of proof before a jury can impose the death penalty, the sentence prosecutors are seeking.