Brauer on the Twins
Even if you're not a big baseball fan, it's been hard to miss the news about the Twins in the playoffs. Since last Sunday's dramatic day at the Dome, it might have seemed at times like all-Twins-all-the-time from many media outlets. Media analyst David Brauer comments.4:48 p.m.
Outsider art goes Uptown A new exhibit in Minneapolis presents works by artists from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. What links these artists together is that they're all considered "outsiders."5:24 p.m.
An outsider's view
As theater lovers know, there's more to theater than Broadway. Theater critic Terry Teachout's job at the Wall Street Journal proves that. He actually leaves New York and travels across the country taking in the best in regional theater.
He spent last weekend in the Twin Cities and his reviews of the theater scene here are in today's Wall Street Journal. He was generally positive, but he did have one particular criticism of the new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.5:50 p.m.
Twins sweet season comes to bitter end The Twins' surge at the end of the regular season, giving them the A.L. Central Division championship, didn't last through the first round of the playoffs.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Political News: Foley, Foley and More Foley
Michele Norris talks with David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, and Ruth Marcus, columnist at The Washington Post, about the week in Washington politics. It was, as Brooks says, "all Foley all the time."
Foley Story Wasn't Reported, Until It Was
Months ago, several major media outlets learned about troubling e-mails Rep. Mark Foley had sent to former pages -- but they didn't feel they had enough information to go public with the story. Brian Ross of ABC News got the same information back in August -- but he found a way to crack the scandal wide open.
Spinach Growers Are Wary of Market in Wake of E. Coli
In the wake of the E. Coli outbreak and an FBI investigation of produce plants in central California, farmers in the Imperial Valley of Southern California are struggling to figure out whether or not there will be a market for millions of pounds of fresh spinach, due to be planted within a week. Andrew Phelps reports from member station KPBS.
Chef Offers New, Funky Ways to Eat Your Greens
Who needs spinach? There are plenty of other interesting, tasty and healthful greens for your dinner table. Chef Patrick O'Connell offers up some spinach alternatives. He is the executive chef at the award-winning Inn at Little Washington in Virginia.
Fires Force Thousands to Evacuate North Carolina Town
North Carolina authorities have evacuated more than 17,000 residents from the town of Apex after a fire erupted at a plant that processes hazardous materials. A series of explosions last night sent a cloud of toxic gases over the town, which is near Raleigh, the state capital. No deaths or injuries were reported. But about a dozen people have been treated for respiratory ailments. In March, the hazardous waste plant was fined more than $30,000 for safety violations.
How a Principal, and Town, Cope with Shooting
Amish mourners held the final funeral for schoolgirls killed in a shooting rampage. Michele Norris talks with Larry Bentz, who was the principal at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., when Kip Kinkel shot and killed two students and injured 25.
'Little Children' Film Rachets Up Tension Little Children tracks an affair between a dissatisfied housewife and "the prom king," a stay-at-home dad who avoids studying for the Bar as he visits the playground with his son. Things come to a head when a man sent to jail for exposing himself to children is released and moves into the community.
Helen Mirren Offers Intimate Portrait of 'The Queen'
In her new film, The Queen, Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth II in the days after Princess Diana's death in 1997. The 61-year-old actress discusses the challenges of portraying a reigning monarch — and how she prepared for the role.
Navy Medic Describes Civilian's Death in Iraq
At Camp Pendleton in California, a Navy corpsman has agreed to testify in general courts-martial against seven U.S. Marines who are accused of murdering an Iraqi man. Petty Officer Melson Bacos has accepted a plea agreement; he will no longer face murder charges.
Bush Focuses on Economy, Jobs and the Deficit
President Bush spent another low-key day in Washington, talking about the economy and job creation. He also got some good news on the federal budget deficit, which is narrowing as corporate profits generate more tax revenue.