U.N. Force for Lebanon Has Half Its Soldiers
European nations agree to contribute enough new troops to reach about half the United Nations' goal of 15,000 international troops for a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. Some are expected to be on the ground within a week. France says it will send 2,000 soldiers; Italy has indicated it would provide up to 3,000.
A Christian Village in Lebanon
The tiny hilltop village of Qawza is home to a small Christian community. In the first days of August the Israeli army moved into Qawza and occupied buildings, homes, and the local church. Many of the occupied buildings, including the church were vandalized. We speak to a couple of residents who stayed in the village while the Israelis were there.
NFL 2006: New Wrinkles On and Off the Gridiron
Two weeks before the start of the National Football League season, sportswriter Stefan Fatsis sizes up the status of the sport. He tells Robert Siegel about changes in Monday Night Football broadcasts; the difficulties with the development of an NFL cable network; a changing of the guard at the NFL's front office; and big news about kickers.
Gadgets and the Back-to-School Set
Commentator Laura Lorson talks about the huge amount of stuff -- and mind-boggling number of cell phone minutes -- that the average student seems to need as part of the annual back-to-school shopping spree.
Oral Histories Show Generosity in Evacuees
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of thousands of people evacuated to Houston. And each person came with a story of loss and survival. Some of their stories have been captured in a project that trained survivors to interview and record stories of their fellow evacuees. Johna Reiss brings us the stories about the kindness of strangers.
Ralph Schoenstein, Purveyor of Wry Humor
Ralph Schoenstein, a longtime All Things Considered commentator, died Thursday in Philadelphia at 73. Over the past decade, Schoenstein's commentaries explored topics ranging from incessant worrying to cigarette smoke and from aging to the state of New Jersey.
OutKast Goes Old School in 'Idlewild'
You won't mistake Idlewild for Busby Berkeley's portrayal of Hollywood's golden age. But then, that was equally true of Martin Scorcese's New York New York and Francis Ford Coppolla's Cotton Club.
Real Idlewild History: Top Music in Michigan
Dr. Ronald Stephens is the author of Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan. Idlewild, an African-American resort in Michigan, was created during the time of Jim Crow segregation. Stephens says it was known for both its peace and quiet -- and its all-night parties featuring the latest jazz, blues or soul.
Chertoff on Hurricane Preparedness
Next week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's ravaging of New Orleans and surrounding areas. Thousands of people who had not evacuated were stranded in the city for days. At the time, we spoke with Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, who joins us once again.