The Short Version: A Fraud! Briefly noting the birthday, on August 26, of an American inventor whose most familiar contributions helped make Classical MPR (and everything else on the radio) possible.4:57 p.m.
Bachmann vs. Perry: How similar are they? Recent polls show Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading Rep. Michele Bachmann in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Analysts say the candidates are vying for the same socially conservative voters and self-identified members of the tea party.5:20 p.m.
NYC To Shut Down Public Transit
Cities along the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene. New York City's public transportation will shut down around noon on Saturday, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Hurricane Irene Approaches N.C., Va.
Hurricane Irene has spent the day churning toward the United States. While the eye of the storm is far offshore, rain bands from the tropical system are already lashing the Carolinas. NPR's Greg Allen speaks with Melissa Block with the latest from Virginia.
Looking Into Libya's Most Notorious Prison
One of Moammar Gadhafi's last major strongholds in Tripoli has fallen to rebel forces. Among the survivors of the ferocious street fighting are prisoners from the Abu Salim prison, some of whom have been jailed for more than two decades.
A Grim Situation In Libya's Abu Salim Hospital
Dozens of corpses of men and women have been discovered at Abu Salim Hospital in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Doctors and nurses reportedly fled after clashes erupted near the hospital between rebel forces and fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. Melissa Block speaks with Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons for details on the grim situation in the hospital.
'In My Time': Dick Cheney's Unapologetic Memoir
Call it spin, score settling or setting the record straight: Former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir of his extraordinary political career is out next week. Robert Siegel talks with Charlie Savage of the New York Times. Savage got an early copy of the book, entitled In My Time.
For Vera Farmiga, A Search Leads To 'Higher Ground'
The Oscar-nominated actress, who has appeared in Up in the Air and The Departed, talks about her directorial debut, a film about a woman's search for faith. Farmiga, who calls herself a "seeker," also stars in the film.
Hurricane Irene Cuts Short Jersey Shore Summer
As Hurricane Irene approaches the East Coast, communities from the Carolinas to Maine are preparing. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered, including the small town of Stone Harbor, N.J.