The week in politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy Minnesota's candidates are wrapping up their last full week of campaigning before Tuesday's elections.
To catch up again on the week's political news, All Things Considered host Tom Crann was joined by Minnesota Public Radio political editor Mike Mulcahy.4:50 p.m.
Could your vote be contested? MPR's Tom Crann talks to Ramsey County Elections Manager and statewide elections expert Joe Mansky about voting changes after the 2008 U.S. Senate recount and the things voters could be challenged for on election day.5:55 p.m.
The Dinner Party Download featuing Noomi Rapace This week on the Dinner Party Download, a joke from pop legend Tom Jones -- yes, the Tom Jones -- and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, star of a series of films based on the blockbuster books by Stieg Larsson.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Post-Election Bipartisanship? The Outlook Isn't Good
On the campaign trail lately, President Obama has been saying he expects more bipartisanship after this year's election. That has some veteran political observers wondering where that belief comes from. They see compromise as less likely, not more, after Tuesday's vote.
Week In Politics: Clinton And Meek, Va. House Race
Melissa Block and Michele Norris speak with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the week in politics. They talk about a report that former President Clinton urged the Democratic nominee for Florida Senate to drop out of the race and President Obama stumping for freshman Rep. Tom Perrillo of Virginia.
Text Messages, Radio Warn Haitians Of Cholera Risks
The cholera epidemic in Haiti is slowly spreading into new areas, mostly in the north of the country. Public health officials are racing to get health tips and warnings to the public via radio broadcasts and text messages to cell phones.
Did Cement Or Concrete Fail In Oil Well?
Was it "cement," as NPR has been reporting, or "concrete" that failed at the bottom of the BP well, causing millions of gallons of oil to be released into the Gulf of Mexico? Some listeners have written letters to ask. NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris joins Melissa Block to explain the answer.
U.S. Spending In Afghanistan Often Unaccounted For
The U.S. agency in charge of tracking reconstruction projects in Afghanistan has released its first major report. The conclusion: Billions of dollars have been spent, but the Pentagon and the State Department don't have a clear way to track the money.
In Push To Ban Security Firms, Karzai Eases Deadline
In Afghanistan there have been intense debates between the Karzai government and officials from the U.S. and other nations over the private security companies that help guard development and reconstruction projects. Karzai wants the firms to leave.
World Series Throws A Curveball
The World Series that nobody expected is confounding pundits once again. The underdog San Francisco Giants have taken a 2 -0 lead over the Texas Rangers. It's not that the Giants are winning but how they are winning that's shocking everyone. Michele Norris talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about that and the Rangers' chances of getting back into this very weird World Series.
Noomi Rapace: Finding Lisbeth, And Letting Her Go
The actress who has played Stieg Larsson's punk-hacker heroine in a trilogy of thriller films tells NPR's Melissa Block that it was strangely easy to identify with the character -- and harder than she expected to get Lisbeth out of her head.
Officials Sweep Cargo Planes For Explosives
Michele Norris talks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about suspicious packages found in Britain and Dubai. The packages originated from Yemen, law enforcement officials said, and there have been searches at airports in Philadelphia and Newark, N.J.