Albert Lea: The manufacturing meltdown In Albert Lea, the pain of the manufacturing slump is acute. That sector has lost nearly 43,000 jobs in Minnesota since the start of the recession -- more than any other major industry. With a heavy reliance on factory jobs, Albert Lea's jobless rate topped 11 percent earlier this year.4:50 p.m.
Supporters say they're ready to back Rybak for governor Mayor R.T. Rybak won his third term in Tuesday's election and some speculate he is poised to launch his 2010 campaign, but even though he's been acting like a gubernatorial candidate for several months, he says he's not in a hurry to officially enter the race.5:20 p.m.
Petters team tries to turn recordings to advantage Attorneys defending Tom Petters in his fraud trial are highlighting recordings made
by a government witness, in which company officers appear to wonder how much Petters knows about the scam.5:24 p.m.
Iowa native recalls capture during Iran hostage crisis Iowa-native Kathryn Koob worked at the Iran-America Society 30 years ago when militant Islamic students stormed the embassy in Tehran and with support from the Iranian government, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.5:40 p.m.
Peace puppets get to the heart of theater's mission The story of a simple monk trying to promote peace during the Vietnam war might seem an unlikely subject for a puppet show. Yet the performers in "A Path Home" at the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater say in many ways their show gets to the very roots of what they do as an organization.5:54 p.m.
Albert Lea: The manufacturing meltdown In Albert Lea, the pain of the manufacturing slump is acute. That sector has lost nearly 43,000 jobs in Minnesota since the start of the recession -- more than any other major industry. With a heavy reliance on factory jobs, Albert Lea's jobless rate topped 11 percent earlier this year.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Gay-Marriage Advocates Weigh Next Move
Same-sex marriage supporters are vowing to continue their fight after a loss at the polls in Maine on Tuesday. Voters there passed a measure blocking gay marriage, dealing a major blow to the cause of same-sex marriage around the nation.
Iranian Protests Show Opposition Is Still Strong
Tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Tehran again on Wednesday to protest against the government and last June's presidential election. Some analysts had begun to write off the Iranian opposition as a spent force. But Wednesday, it was clear the opposition has not melted away.
Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpses
Stalled for 30 years by invasion, war and rebellions, the flow of corpses from outside Iraq to the Shiite holy cemetery in Najaf has resumed. But plenty of risk remains as traffickers share the country's borders with drug smugglers and other criminals — a price they're willing to pay for the hefty compensation.
San Francisco Youth Sanctuary Law Prompts Battle
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is overturning a city policy that says undocumented youth accused of felonies must be handed over to federal authorities. The new law requires an actual felony conviction before someone is handed over to federal immigration authorities.
Radar Reveals Dynamic World Under Antarctica's Ice
By flying planes over Antarctica with ice-penetrating radar, lasers and other technology, NASA scientists are able to piece together a picture of the vast mountains, valleys and rivers under the miles of Antarctic ice, revealing a dynamic and complex world. And scientists have already found some really surprising stuff happening inside the ice itself.
An Irrepressible Tribute To Charlie Poole
The hard-living Poole sold 102,000 copies of a song in 1931. His work has been covered by the likes of Jerry Garcia, The Chieftains and Tom T. Hall. Nevertheless, Poole remains obscure. Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III means to change that with a two-CD tribute to Poole called High Wide & Handsome.
On Meetings: A Note On Dreaded Corporate Etiquette
The business meeting, often composed of a stale snack, far-from-witty banter and inane blathering, is a test in unspoken social tact. Commentator Alain de Botton attempts to explain what true purpose business meetings serve.
Italian Judge Convicts Americans In Rendition Case
An Italian judge convicted 23 Americans in absentia of the kidnapping in 2003 of an Egyptian cleric from Milan. The cleric said he was transferred to an Egyptian jail where he was tortured. The convictions mark the first time "extraordinary rendition" was successfully contested.
High Court Weighs Prosecutors' Immunity
Terry Harrington served 25 years for murder, but he later discovered that prosecutors handling his case worked with the police to withhold evidence that might have freed him. Harrington wants to sue those prosecutors, but must convince the court that the protections prosecutors have from such suits are unconstitutional.
Thoughts On A Human Re-Creation Of The Berlin Wall
Commentator Andrei Codrescu notes that a British artist is asking people to help him mark the 20th anniversary next month of the fall of the Berlin Wall by making a human wall for 15 minutes. At first, Codrescu wants to be part of it, but then has second thoughts.