U.S. ambassador to Kenya, Michael Rannenberger Michael Rannenberger serves as the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, a position which includes overseeing relations with war torn Somalia. He discussed his efforts Tuesday with MPR's Tom Crann.3:50 p.m.
The hard-won success of "The Help" Kathryn Stockett's novel "The Help" was the surprise literary success of 2009. After 60 agents rejected her manuscript, the first-time author's book has now been on the New York Times best-sellers list for 56 weeks.4:50 p.m.
Calmer Waves Stir Optimism In Gulf
In the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, oil continues to pour from a well a mile under water. Calmer weather has officials optimistic they may be gaining ground in dispersing the crude before it reaches the shore. Crews plan to drop dispersants from a plane to break up oil on the water. They're also using an underwater vehicle to pump chemicals into the oil plume, breaking it up before it rises. Along the Gulf shore, volunteers are being trained to clean animals tainted with oil if and when they start arriving. In Biloxi, Miss., residents are waiting for whatever is coming next.
BP Using Chemicals To Disperse Oil
Part of BP's response to the Gulf oil spill is the use of dispersants -- chemical compounds that make oil more soluble in water. The company has bought up more than a third of the world's supply of the compounds, and has been using planes to unload hundreds of thousands of gallons of dispersants onto the oil slick. But dispersants have their own environmental impact. Ronald Tjeerdema, an aquatic toxicologist at the University of California, Davis, talks to Michele Norris about dispersants and their effect on marine life.
Offshore Drilling Loses Support After Gulf Oil Spill
Since the devastating Gulf spill, many who previously supported offshore drilling as a way to produce home-grown energy have changed their minds. Obama says he still supports it if done responsibly, but others don't trust the technology. This could make things tougher for the climate bill to move forward, which supports more offshore drilling.
Letters: Hostages In Iran
Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read from your letters about Monday's interview with the mother of one of the three American hikers detained in Iran. Why were they hiking near the Iranian border, anyway?
Wisconsin Law Targets Race-Based Mascots
The governor of Wisconsin plans to soon sign into law a bill that could ban the use of race-based school mascots or logos. The law would permit a person who is offended by a school mascot in the school district that he lives in to request a hearing overseen by the state schools superintendent. The law could affect 36 Wisconsin schools that currently have Native American-based mascots or logos. Robert Siegel talks to Dale Henry, who is principal of Mukwonago High School. The school's sports logo is an American Indian.
The Legacy Of Dam Architect Floyd Dominy
The architect of the last great era of Western dam construction, federal water official Floyd Dominy, died last month at the age of 100. Charismatic and politically well-connected, Dominy is credited and widely criticized for pushing through the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, which created Lake Powell.
Soda In America: Taxes And A Debate Over Health
For decades, Americans have been huge consumers of soda, but with much attention now on health and wellness, attitudes toward soda are shifting. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we're examining what's going on in the world of soft drinks. Today, NPR's Jeff Brady looks at efforts to tax soda. And Michele Norris gets two different views of the health effects of soda: from Gail Woodward-Lopez of the Center for Weight and Health; and from Maureen Storey, senior vice president for science policy at the American Beverage Association.
In Porn Industry, Many Balk At Condom Proposal
Male porn stars have been known to don all sorts of interesting attire -- but one thing you'll seldom see them wear is a condom. A health care group that has long lobbied for mandatory condom use may be about to win a round in that fight. But erotic-film makers worry about the proposal's effect on their industry.
On The Web, New Conceptual Art
Commentator Andrei Codrescu says the real conceptual artists are working on the Web now. He compares what is being done online favorably with the best museum pieces that went up and then were dismantled.
Times Square Bombing Suspect Charged
Faisal Shahzad appeared in court Tuesday to face charges that he tried set off a bomb in Times Square. Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad has admitted his involvement. He has been charged with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.