U of M graduation rases rise but remain low
A report from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus shows the U is improving it's ability to retain students through graduation. But the numbers still aren't where school officials want to see them. Tom Crann talked to U of M Vice Provost Craig Swan.5:20 p.m.
Gypsy moths stalk the North Shore The battle is beginning against a small brown moth on Lake Superior's north shore. Minnesota's largest infestation to date of gypsy moths was discovered last year in Lake and Cook counties.5:24 p.m.
Minnesota explorers make it to North Pole
Two Minnesota men have become the first people to trek to the North Pole in the summertime. Explorers Lonnie Dupre and Erik Larson hope to bring attention to how climate changes are affecting the Arctic Polar Ice Cap. Tom Crann talked to them from the North Pole.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Militants Threaten Israel, Which Turns to Syria
Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier have given Israel less than 24 hours to start releasing 1,500 Palestinian prisoners, implying that the soldier would die if Israel doesn't comply. Israel said it would not negotiate. Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz told Syria that he held it responsible for the fate of the captured soldier.
Israeli Soldier's Father Urges 'Restraint'
Noam Shalit, the father of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, says he has not heard any news of his son's condition. While he says he supports the Israeli government's refusal to negotiate with militants for the release of prisoners in exchange for his son, Shalit hopes Israel will exercise restraint.
Gauging the Results of Israel's Show of Force
Michele Norris talks with Henry Siegman, senior fellow and director of the U.S./Middle East Project at the Council on Foreign Relations, about Israel's strategy for securing the release of Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit. Siegman says Israel's show of force has many risks, both for the soldier and for Israel's own self-interest.
Program Aims to Foster Adult Successes
Foster kids who are "emancipated" from foster care at the age of 18 are often ill-equipped to make basic decisions about work, education and housing. One program in Southern California has had some success in helping these young adults get into and through college.
An Author Asks That You 'Consider the Lobster'
If David Lipsky had to give an alien one book about American life, it would be David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster, a collection of essays that are "experiential postcards." Lipsky is the author of Absolutely American : Four Years at West Point.
Shuttle Launch Is a Go, Despite Cracked Foam
NASA engineers move ahead with a rescheduled Fourth of July launch for the space shuttle Discovery. Technicians were concerned by a small piece of insulating foam that had fallen off the shuttle's fuel tank.
In Limbo, Jetliners Get a Little TLC
With commercial airlines struggling to cut costs, they often pull aircraft out of service, putting them into storage at places like the Pinal Air Park in the Arizona desert. There, rows and rows of airliners sit baking in the sun, their windows taped against wind-blown dust. Workers at the facility periodically start the planes' engines, much the same way one would start an old Volvo in the driveway to keep it from seizing up.
Tilly and the Wall and the Rhythm of the Feet
Tilly and the Wall is an Omaha, Neb., indie-rock band named after the well-known children's book. According to critic Will Hermes, their music has a childlike wonder and breathlessness — perhaps most evident in their percussion, which comes mainly from tap-dancing.
At Wimbledon, It's Yankees Gone Home
For the first time in almost 100 years, no American will compete in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships quarterfinals. The last American standing -- male or female -- lost today. Shenay Perry, ranked 62nd in the world, lost in straight sets to Elena Dementieva. Michele Norris talks with Bud Collins, Boston Globe writer and NBC commentator.
Homemade Fireworks from a Local Druggist
By day, he counts pills for residents of upstate New York. But by night, pharmacist Pete Henry rolls cases, cuts fuses, and plans his homemade fireworks. In the age of high-tech displays, Henry will light up the rural night sky for crowds on Independence Day, using the tools he has perfected in 40 years of building fireworks. Gregory Warner of North Country Public Radio reports.