Franken in Washington, says he's ready to work Democrat Al Franken has arrived in Washington
offering no jokes -- just a promise that he is "ready to get to work." Franken will be sworn in tomorrow as Minnesota's second U.S. senator.5:15 p.m.
What could Palin's resignation mean for Pawlenty? Sarah Palin's announcement that she will resign as Alaska's governor touched off a weekend of speculation about her future. Tom Crann asked Washington University political scientist Steven Smith for his take on Palin and Pawlenty.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama, Medvedev Agree To Cut Nukes
President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, laid out a plan to reduce the number of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. The "joint understanding" is intended to lead to a new strategic weapons treaty by the end of the year.
China Ethnic Unrest Kills 156
The death toll in the violence between predominantly Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese in western China is likely to increase, officials say. The clashes Sunday in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province, underscored the deep hostility between the Uighurs and China's Han majority. The violence killed 156 people.
A Decade After Storm, Minnesota Wild Rejuvenates
Ten years ago, a huge windstorm struck the remote Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota and killed 35 million trees. It took three weeks to get all the trapped campers out of the woods. Now, the forest is growing back and people are still flocking to the sprawling wilderness.
Search Engine Helps Users Connect In Arabic
A new program, Yamli, allows users to spell out Arabic words phonetically using a Western keyboard. Yamli not only searches Arabic script; it also looks for Western variations. Creators say it can help non-native Arabic students practice the language.
Farming On Facebook And Other Web Trends
Omar Gallaga, technology culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, runs through some of the week's best tech stories. This week, he discusses farming on Facebook, the recent renaissance of Internet browsers and a hilarious online musical, Web Site Story.
With Judge's Backing, GM Looks To Turn Corner
A federal judge approved GM's bankruptcy plan, saying liquidation would be "disastrous" for everyone concerned. Now the "New GM" faces a formidable task: figuring out a way to make money in an economy that is just starting to heal.
Dangers Of Buying, Selling Anything Under The Sun
These days, almost anytime someone borrows money, the debt gets repackaged into a security that can be bought or sold like a stock. Critics say abuses in the securitization market helped bring the housing meltdown. Overhauling that industry is on the Obama administration's agenda.
Global Effort Puts Oldest Known Bible Online
Pieces of the world's oldest known Bible have been put back together for the first time in 150 years — on the Internet. Scholars from Britain, Egypt, Germany and Russia have virtually reassembled the Codex Sinaiticus and made it available for free online.
Vietnam Legacy Haunted McNamara
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says Robert McNamara was a brilliant man who spent more than a third of his lifetime living down his stewardship of the Vietnam War. He says another generation may remember McNamara as a "consummate public servant," but for the generation that demonstrated outside the Pentagon, it is still too soon.
Summer Road Trip: Songs For Speed And Spirit
Critic Tom Moon assembles a playlist for summertime driving that makes the miles whiz by, with some intense songs for staying alert during the day and chill-out tunes to renew the spirit in the evening, when you still have hours more to go.