Drought damages corn crop Corn farmers dealing with drought may have another
problem, low prices. Corn prices have declined in recent weeks because traders believe there's enough grain on hand to meet demand.5:17 p.m.
Christmas in July The recent heat and lack of rain is taking a toll on Minnesota's Christmas tree farms.5:22 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush Meets With Blair, Dispatches Rice to Middle East
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair call for a multinational peace-keeping force in the Middle East as they meet at the White House. President Bush says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will head back to the region Saturday to work for lasting stability. However, the president says he's still not calling for an immediate Middle East cease-fire.
Does Hezbollah Stand for Arab Pride?
Commentator Adeed Dawisha is a Iraqi-American and a political analyst. He's been keeping a close eye on the war between Hezbollah and Israel. And one of its ramifications, he says, is that each day Hezbollah stays in the fight, there is a growing sense of satisfaction among Arabs. Dawisha is the author of Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair.
Death Toll Rises in California's Heat Wave
The death toll in California's heat wave continues to rise. Officials have linked over 130 deaths to the record-breaking temperatures. Michele Norris talks with Tamara Keith from member station KPCC.
Dika Newlin, a Fan of Piano and Punk
Robert Siegel talks with Clarke Bustard, retired music critic at the Richmond Times Dispatch, about the death of musician Dika Newlin. Newlin was a Schoenberg-trained composer and professor who developed a propensity for punk rock later in life.
Elderly Driver Faces Trial for 2003 Deaths
Three years ago this month, an elderly man with health problems lost control of his car and tore a deadly path through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Ten people were killed, 60 others were injured. The 89-year-old driver finally is about to face trial on 10 felony counts of vehicular manslaughter.
'Axis of Evil' Comedy, on Tour
Three stand-up comedians with roots in the Middle East are performing across America on the "Axis of Evil Comedy Tour." Ahmed Ahmed, Maz Jobrani and Aron Kader talk to Robert Siegel about the challenges of humor during times of war -- and their favorite air marshal joke.
Awaiting Test Results, Landis Fears for Reputation
Floyd Landis faces the loss of his Tour de France title if doping suspicions prove to be accurate. But as Landis awaits the results of a second test, he is worried that his reputation will still suffer, even if the results exonerate him. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Landis, who is currently in Spain.
Testosterone Scenarios in Athletics
Robert Siegel talks to Dr. Gary Wadler, a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency's Prohibited List and Methods Committee. In light of the doping allegations leveled against Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, Wadler explains the role testosterone and epitestosterone play in sports -- and how the levels fluctuate.