Immigrants on democracy
We know that many Americans have quibbles with our political process.
But Minnesota Public Radio producer Sanden Totten went out to talk with some people who did not grow up with democracy. He wanted to find out if they would be as quick to criticize politics in this country.3:45 p.m.
California's Prop 87 Energy Measure Divides Opinion
California voters will soon decide whether to tag oil producers with $4 billion in new taxes to fund the research and development of alternative energy sources. Sponsors of Proposition 87 have enlisted the help of former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, but critics say the measure will lead to skyrocketing gas prices.
Do Ballot Initiatives Help Get Out the Vote?
On Election Day, 207 ballot measures will be put to voters in 37 states. The big topics revolve around eminent domain, same-sex marriage and minimum wage. Robert Siegel talks about initiatives and with John Matsusaka, president of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California.
Bush's Iraq Team Switches Its Rhetoric
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr comments on a change in rhetoric from the Bush administration. Words like "timetable," "benchmark," and "phased withdrawal" have crept into official discourse about the U.S. strategy in Iraq.
A Partially Empty Nest, with Mixed Feelings
In this season, the term "empty nest" has taken on fresh meaning for thousands of parents whose children went off to college for the first time this fall. Commentator Marion Winik counts herself among them. Winik lives in Glen Rock, Pa. She is the author of Above Us Only Sky.
A Huge 'October Surprise,' 50 Years Later
Commentator and former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite tells the story of a rare moment in the news business when separate crises converged at virtually the same moment. Fifty years ago, the United States was caught in just such a convergence: As the Russians invaded Hungary, the British and French invaded Egypt --- all in the final days of an American presidential election. It was the most far-reaching "October Surprise" of the 20th century.
Photos Capture Melting Splendor of Alaska's Glaciers
Seven decades ago, pioneer aerial photographer Bradford Washburn flew over Alaska's glaciers, documenting their splendor. Now, a Boston photojournalist is recreating Washburn's images to document the impact of global warming.
Woman Skier Conquers Everest, 'Seven Summits'
After her recent descent from the summit of Mt. Everest, Kit Deslauriers has become the first person to ski from the seven summits -- the tallest peaks on each continent. Deslauriers says she hopes her accomplishment will be an inspiration to other women.
White House Downplays 'Staying the Course'
The White House has denied having plans to adjust its strategy in Iraq after the November elections -- but there are signs that a shift in approach may be on the way. Aside from new planning at the Pentagon, there have been notable changes in the language President Bush and his staff use to describe the Iraq war.
Iraqi Journalist Flees to Egypt
Iraqi Shiite journalist Seif al-Hayat fled to Egypt after being warned of death threats over his pieces for the government-run Iraqiya television channel. He says he was barred from writing about possible government involvement in militias and corruption.