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Chinese Line Up for Water Three Days After Quake
In the Sichuan town of Gong Xing, north of Chengdu, residents are desperate for water and food following the earthquake. Some criticize the government for their lack of water; others are worried about making the government look bad.
Skepticism Grows Over Two-State Mideast Solution
Even as President Bush tries to boost prospects for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, optimism on both sides is dwindling. Many moderate Palestinians now question the basis of the process: the idea of Israel and Palestine living side by side.
California Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban
The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry. The ruling overturns a California voter-approved law that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Reporting in a Crisis Zone
Nearly 20,000 people have been declared dead in the wake of Monday's earthquake in southwestern China. NPR's Melissa Block and Robert Siegel were on the ground, covering the quake and its aftermath from the beginning. Today, they take a step back to discuss their experiences with Michele Norris.
Heinz on Quest for Sweeter Tomatoes
Heinz's breeders are trying to produce hybrid seeds with more natural sugars to cut down on the use of corn syrup in its ketchup. The price of corn has soared, caused in part by the ethanol boom.
Action Needed to Halt Staggering Cost of Beer
The world's most important liquid is more expensive than it used to be. No, not oil. Beer. The cost of two of beer's main ingredients have skyrocketed over the past year. Microbrews and imports are often $3 more per six-pack than a year ago. Our leaders must step in.
Bush Takes Swing at Iran Before Knesset
In a speech before the Knesset in Jerusalem, President Bush criticizes one of Israel's enemies, Iran, saying it is the world's leading sponsor of terrorism. He also says negotiating with terrorists and radicals is the false comfort of appeasement, an apparent swipe at Barack Obama.
Confronting Bigotry on the Campaign Trail
Campaign workers for Barack Obama have faced racial slurs and slammed doors around the country. In Indiana, one campaign office was vandalized. The Obama campaign has chosen not to publicize the incidents. Washington Post reporter Kevin Merida talks with Michele Noris about race and the Obama campaign.
After Apple Records: Musician-Run Labels
When The Beatles' members started Apple Records 40 years ago, they still depended on larger companies for the basics. Independent labels, including some run by musicians, have come a long way since. A small but growing number of musicians are taking the idea of the independent label even further.