Exposing sexual trafficking
Governments in every part of the world encourage tourism as a way to boost their economies and improve the standard of living in their nations. But a certain percentage of tourists aren't traveling to see the sights or enjoy the weather. A conference at the University of Minnesota this weekend looks at the disturbing growth of sexual trafficking of children and how leaders in the tourism industry can help combat the problem.
Tom Crann talked with one of the keynote speakers at the "United Front for Children" Conference, the head of the United Nations Children's Fund, Ann Veneman.4:44 p.m.
Getting late, but not too late
A dire warning today about the current state of the Republican Party; not from Democrats, but from two key GOP strategists. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber say the Bush administration has made mistakes in Iraq, Republicans have failed to reform government, and that could cause problems for GOP candidates in the November elections. Gingrich and Weber talked about the future of the conservative movement on a special Midday program broadcast from the Minnesota Public Radio Forum. The two say it's not too late for Republicans to turn the situation around.
Minnesota Public Radio's Laura McCallum reports.5:48 p.m.
The legacy of the Morrill Hall takeover In 1969, a group of African American students occupied a University of Minnesota building, demanding the school improve attitudes toward minorities. The 24-hour takeover helped change the shape of the U of M. This weekend the original Morrill Hall protesters are back for a conference to mark the event.5:53 p.m.
Brauer on the sale of the Pioneer Press
There are reports today that the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, as well as three other California papers, have been bid for by Denver-based MediaNews Group. None of the principals are confirming the details, but the bid by MediaNews is said to be $1 billion.
The McClatchy Company, the owner of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is in a deal to acquire the newspapers of Knight Ridder, including the Pioneer Press, but intends to sell off a dozen of those papers. David Brauer comments.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Hamas' New Security Force Rankles Israel, PLO
The new Hamas-led Palestinian government creates a new security force in Gaza that includes members of militant factions. The unit will be headed by the leader of a group that has attacked Israel. The office of President Mahmoud Abbas called the move "illegal and improper."
At White House, Juggling Staff and a Chinese Summit
Robert Siegel talks politics with E.J. Dionne of the Brookings Institution and Todd Lindberg of the Hoover Institution. They discuss the shuffle of jobs in the White House, President Hu's visit to the United States, and other news of the week.
Oil Sets New Record; Drivers Go Into Hock
Crude oil prices hit another record Friday, at $75 a barrel. Gasoline prices are also climbing, as well. While for most Americans the rising cost of gasoline is just an annoyance, evidence suggests that some drivers are beginning to sell personal valuables just to keep their gas tanks full.
Vintage Guitar Market Heats Up
Thousands of guitar collectors head to Dallas for one of the biggest guitar shows of the year. Vintage Martins, Fenders and Gibsons might sell for as much as a quarter of a million dollars. The market for the guitars has been brisk, as aging baby boomers buy up classic models.
'Voices of Chernobyl': Survivors' Stories
The memories of those who survived Chernobyl were collected in the book Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of the Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich. We hear some of their stories: those living with illness and fear, and those sent in to clean up the mess and monitor the damage.
Covering the Chernobyl Crisis
At 1:23 in the morning of April 26, 1986, there was a disastrous chain reaction in the core of Chernobyl reactor number four. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Serge Schmemann, who was a New York Times reporter in Moscow when the accident occurred.
Chernobyl Copes with Fallout, 20 Years Later
The residents of Pripyat were evacuated after the catastropic accident at Chernobyl. Officially, they are banned from living in the exclusion zone around the plant. But some residents snuck back into the ghost town and have resisted pressure to leave ever since.
At Chernobyl, Building a Shelter for a Shelter
The ruined Chernobyl nuclear facility still contains some 200 tons of radioactive fuel. A "sarcophagus" -- a steel and concrete shell built soon after the disaster to contain the radiation is increasingly unstable. Engineers plan to slide an enormous Quonset hut-shaped cover over a breached reactor.
Nepalese King Pledges Return to Democracy
Nepal's king vows to return multiparty democracy, bowing to weeks of protests and international pressure. However, King Gyanendra fell short of a key opposition demand: creating a special constitutional assembly.
Hu Promises Human Focus, Cooperation With U.S.
Chinese President Hu Jintao pledges that China's continued development will be "people oriented" as he wraps up his tour of the United States with a speech at Yale University. Hu and said China would continue to cooperate with the United States. At the event, hundreds of protesters shouted anti-communist slogans and complained about civil rights in China.