State Fair mystery sounds: Day 7 Each weekday during the Minnesota State Fair, All Things Considered will indulge your ears and bring you some mystery sounds from the Great Minnesota Get-Together.4:49 p.m.
Summer tourism numbers mixed A recent state survey shows that while many hotels saw fewer guests this summer, campground operators say business was up, and festivals across the state drew record crowds.4:50 p.m.
Rybak, Coleman campaign at the fair Right now, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are running for re-election in their respective cities. It might just be a matter of time, however, before they find themselves running against each other.5:20 p.m.
Hennepin County steps up composting programs A growing number of Hennepin County residents are donating a few extra minutes each week as part of a larger effort to measure the benefits of organic recycling and composting.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Strike In Afghanistan Kills Dozens
A U.S. F-15 bombed hijacked tanker trucks in northern Afghanistan, killing more than 70 people. NATO, which called in the strike, says many insurgents were killed. Afghan officials say up to 40 of the dead were civilians.
How Will More Troops In Afghanistan Affect Obama?
There is every indication that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who this week released his assessment of the war in Afghanistan, will call for more troops. Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss what this means for President Obama.
Obama's Schools Speech Faces Backlash
President Obama's plans to give a speech to the nation's schoolchildren is facing a huge backlash. Parents in many states are threatening to pull their children out of school. In Texas, several school districts have promised not to show the address live. Now, those moves are angering other parents who don't understand the controversy.
Obama's Speech Protests Examined
Many Republicans are criticizing President Obama's planned address to the nation's schoolchildren next week. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the reaction.
A Magnet No More: Florida's Population Shrinks
After beckoning retirees, sun worshippers and developers alike for the past century, Florida saw its population shrink last year for the first time in decades. That has come as a shock in a state that has long relied on growth to power its economy.
Letters: Johnston, Rihanna, Ickes
Listeners respond to stories on Levi Johnston, Rihanna and dobro player Rob Ickes. Noah Adams and Robert Siegel read from listeners' messages.
Midwestern States All Aboard High-Speed-Rail Push
The White House is full of Chicago natives now, but is that enough to win federal funding for the proposed high-speed Chicago hub network? Advocates say such a network would connect Midwestern cities and provide a needed boost to the regional economy by creating jobs.
Comparing U.S. Trains To Foreign Lines
It would take decades for the U.S. to get to where Europe and Japan are with their high-speed rail lines. Robert Cruikshank, who runs the California High Speed Rail blog, says the trains being proposed in the Midwest will travel in the lower-1oo mph range.
U.S. Chides Israel On Settlement Plans
The U.S. is criticizing Israeli plans to build new housing units in West Bank settlements. The White House said Israel's plans were "inconsistent" with previous commitments, and harmful to attempts to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Exercise Studies Find Good News For The Knees
It's commonly thought that exercise — particularly running — is hard on the joints. But recent studies show that running doesn't increase the risk of arthritis, and many runners have healthier joints.