Tapes 'n Tapes: Bound for the stratosphere via the blogosphere? Saturday night marked a triumphant return for the Minneapolis indie rock band, Tapes 'n Tapes, which took the stage at First Avenue. Eight months ago, Tapes 'n Tapes seemed like just another number in the land of 10,000 bands, preparing to release its first full-length CD. Today it's a group with an international buzz that just finished a nearly sold-out American tour. How did this happen?4:48 p.m.
Upbeat but vigilant at Cavity Lake Officials leading the fight against the Cavity Lake fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness offered residents some good news Friday, and some words of caution.5:19 p.m.
Farmer, world, push conservation spending Farm subsidies are becoming so expensive some people expect significant changes in federal agricultural policy. If that happens, land and water conservation programs may benefit.5:23 p.m.
Maria's story: All her dreams are here As many as 85,000 illegal immigrants make Minnesota their home, including many who have crossed the border into the U.S. from Mexico.
This is the story of one of them.5:35 p.m.
Whimsy on wheels Thousands of spectators will cram the streets of the LynLake neighborhood of south Minneapolis this weekend for the 12th annual Art Car Parade. The event brings together dozens of artists and their whimsical creations on wheels.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Scores of Lebanese Civilians Buried in Tyre
Authorities in Lebanon's southern port city of Tyre organize the mass burial of 82 Lebanese civilians, killed in the 10-day-old Israeli bombing campaign. The burial took place amid round-the-clock Israeli air and gunboat attacks on an area just south of Tyre.
Lebanese Army Caught in the Middle
Melissa Block talks with Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the size and armament of the Lebanese Army. Analysts are now asking if the future might see a possible international peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
In Gaza, Passions Mount over New Violence
Angry Palestinians bury their dead after the latest Israeli incursion into Gaza. Palestinians feel they are the "forgotten war" now, with all the attention focused on the conflict in Lebanon.
Jellyfish Take Over an Over-Fished Area
Critics of the fishing industry have long predicted that if over-fishing continues for much longer, "junk species" like jellyfish will start filling up the vacancies. Until recently, there was no evidence that the prediction would come true. But now, scientists report the largest jellyfish invasion ever, off southern Africa.
Muggy Weather Makes for Good Froggin'
Hot weather tends to put a lot of activities on hold. But it is especially good for bullfrogging. Robert Siegel talks with Willie Lyles, a retired outdoor skills specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, about this night-time sport.
Bush Lunches with Returned Iraq Vets
President Bush is in Colorado for a fundraiser and a brief lunch with military veterans just returned from duty Iraq. Thanking them for their service, the president said the United States would prevail.
A Wounded Soldier Sets His Goals
An anti-tank mine in Iraq blew up Sgt. Joe Fowler's Humvee, leaving him with broken bones and burns over 50 percent of his body. His recovery at the Pentagon's only burn treatment center is painful and frustrating. But he has goals: to stay strong for his family, and to get back on his mountain bike.
USA Basketball Team Preps for Japan Games
Robert Siegel talks to Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about next month's basketball world championships in Japan. The USA men's team finished a disappointing third in the 2004 Olympics. But it looks to make a comeback this year.
Os Mutantes (Finally) Make American Debut
This week, the pioneering Brazilian band Os Mutantes will perform in this country for the first time. The group came to prominence in 1968, as part of the Tropicalia movement that polarized Brazil. The band got back together earlier this year, performing for the first time since 1978. Critic Tom Moon is among the faithful who's been waiting for this reunion.
Rice: No 'False Promises' in Middle East
Ahead of a weekend trip to the Mideast, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says a quick cease-fire would amount to a "false promise." She says she'll talk to Middle East leaders -- but not Hezbollah or Syria. Rice says Syria "knows what it needs to do and Hezbollah is the source of the problem."