Minnesota senators on Iraq, China, pensions and more
Earlier this week, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff both said Iraq could be on the path to civil war. Sen. Mark Dayton, a member of that committee, discussed the war on Midday. Dayton and Sen. Norm Coleman are part of a delegation heading to China. Coleman discusses that trip, as well as pension reform and other topics with All Things Considered host Tom Crann.4:50 p.m.
Senate candidates start trading barbs The Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota's U.S. Senate race stepped up his criticism Friday of his chief DFL opponent. Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy said Amy Klobuchar has not taken a clear stance regarding the war in Iraq. Kennedy, who is trailing in the polls, said Minnesota's Senate race could determine which party controls the Senate next year.5:16 p.m.
Managing a river of extremes City officials in Fargo, North Dakota are paying close attention to the weather. The city is dependent on the Red River of the North for all of its water. The situation has prompted some precautionary actions to conserve.5:20 p.m.
The Fringe from the inside Each year the Minnesota Fringe Festival brings together thousands of Minnesotans to see new theater, dance and art. The 11-day event is a complex logistical feat, requiring a leader with a diverse set of skills. Leah Cooper has been that leader. We spent a day with her, to see the Fringe through her eyes.5:42 p.m.
Conservative talk radio ratings decline
A Twin Cities talk radio station already known for playing conservative icons Rush Linbaugh and Sean Hannity, is taking an even more conservative turn. KTLK is bringing conservative talk show host Jason Lewis back to the Twin Cities. Ratings for conservative talk are down in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. David Brauer follows media issues for us here on All Things Considered -- and he's a former talk show host himself. The lonely liberal in a conservative KSTP line-up, as he puts it. Brauer says the decline in conservative talk rating is happening in many markets5:44 p.m.
St. Paul architecture reflects a grand history A new book, "St. Paul Architecture: A History," surveys the varied architecture of St. Paul past and present. Co-author Paul Clifford Larson met All Things Considered host Tom Crann at one of his favorite examples of distinguished architecture, the Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul.6:21 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israel Struggles with Hezbollah Rockets, Guerrillas
Hezbollah rockets continue to wreak havoc across northern Israel, killing at least three Israeli civilians and wounding dozens. Nearby in southern Lebanon, at least three Israeli soldiers died in ground fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas.
Traveling on the Beirut-Damascus Highway
Among the targets of the latest wave of Israeli airstrikes was the only major road left linking Beirut to Damascus. NPR's Jackie Northam traveled that road today and has a reporter's notebook.
Syria-Lebanon Road Targeted in Israeli Strike
In its offensive against Lebanon-based Hezbollah, Israel has bombed the main highway north of Beirut, which leads to Syria. The Israeli military says the attacks were meant to stop the flow of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah. Melissa Block talks with Imad Moustapha, Syria's ambassador to the United States.
Options Snag Leads Apple to Restate Earnings
Apple Computer says it may have to restate earnings all the way back to 2002 as a result of an investigation of the way the company issued stock options to Apple employees. Investors sold off Apple shares on the news. The company had already acknowledged some "irregularities" in its accounting, but is only now coming to the conclusion that it will have to restate earnings.
AOL to Purge a Quarter of Its Workforce
America Online announces massive layoffs as it continues a move toward streamlining its businesses and offering services for free. The company announced that it would lay off up to 25 percent of its workforce, or about 5,000 people. Melissa Block talks with Tom Lowry, senior writer for Business Week magazine.
New Rubber Sidewalks Tested in 60 Cities
Sixty cities in 15 states are taking a playground approach to sidewalk maintenance. They're testing rubber sidewalks as a way to avoid the costly repairs of concrete walks that have been broken up by tree roots. Officials say the rubber sidewalks as a win-win. But some residents aren't so sure.
Organic Apple? Check. But Is It Local?
As mega-retailers like Wal-Mart begin to jump on the organic food wagon, organic agriculture is growing into a huge agribusiness. Foods are shipped thousands of miles to market. But the new trend for socially and environmentally conscious shoppers is to buy locally produced food.
The Peasant Life, for a Student's Summer
Commentator Jill Vaughan has a small farm in upstate New York. Right now, that means she's trying to hire teenagers who aren't afraid of doing real work at their summer jobs.
A New Orleans Stoop: Solace After the Storm
The front porch of New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose became an unofficial town hall and community center after Hurricane Katrina. Neighbors congregated to vent, cry and laugh; he likens it to a "24-hour therapy session."
In Gaza, Israeli Army Steps Up Attacks
Over the past month, fighting between Hezbollah and Israel has stolen the headlines from the conflict in the Gaza Strip. But the conflict there is far from over. Even while battling Hezbollah, Israeli forces have intensified military operations in Gaza over the past several days. The conflict with Gaza started when Palestinian militants kidnapped an Israeli soldier. NPR's Anne Garrels reports.