Red Wing home to unique violin repair program Red Wing is home to one of the most comprehensive violin repair programs in the country and for nearly two decades, the courses have attracted hundreds of students from around the world who want to learn the delicate craft and preserve the violin's cultural and musical heritage.4:45 p.m.
1,200 janitors fired in 'quiet' immigration raid One of the largest immigration crackdowns under the Obama administration to date took place in the Twin Cities last month, when 1,200 undocumented janitors were fired from their jobs, according to immigration lawyers.4:50 p.m.
Berlin Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Wall's Fall
Ceremonies and celebrations marking the fall of the Berlin Wall are taking place in that city today, the 20th anniversary of the day the wall was breached. World leaders joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel in walking through the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin, crossing the line where the wall once divided the city. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Eric Westervelt, reporting from the German capital.
Official Discusses Release Of Berlin Wall Documents
Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, talks to host Melissa Block about the release of secret documents concerning the Berlin Wall. He says that neither Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa nor the George H.W. Bush administration wanted it to come down, while the Soviets and the Czechs were thinking of tearing it down themselves to relieve the refugee problem.
EPA Drafts Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Strategy
The Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a new effort to help protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary. And it targets the root causes of the trouble: runoff.
Recharging Portable Electronics One Step At A Time
The next time your batteries need a recharge, try taking a walk. A tiny Cleveland startup is trying to capture the renewable energy of your footsteps — no outlet required. Its device is called the Personal Energy Generator, or PEG, and it's about the size of a flashlight.
All Tech Considered: The Droid, Dell's New Laptop
For this week's installment of All Tech Considered, host Melissa Block talks with Omar Gallaga, technology culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, about Verizon's Motorola Droid smart phone; what Dell is calling "the world's thinnest laptop"; and a new video game Disney is using to help reinvent its most beloved character.
A Widow Paints A Health Care Protest
As Congress debates health care overhaul, Regina Holliday is using her paintbrush to protest the current medical system. Her 50-foot-long mural depicts the problems her family encountered while her husband was fighting stage IV kidney cancer.
Voices Of A Revolution: Leipzig
The revolution that brought down the communist regime in East Germany began in the city of Leipzig, about 100 miles from Berlin. There, a Lutheran pastor and his congregation began holding prayer meetings that eventually grew into massive demonstrations demanding peaceful change. As part of our series Voices of a Revolution, we hear from that pastor, the Rev. Christian Fuhrer.
Capturing The Beauty Of South Florida's Wetlands
Clyde Butcher believes South Florida's wetlands have an image problem. Everglades National Park and the adjacent Big Cypress National Preserve are unique, awe-inspiring places. But they're also swamps, with alligators, snakes and high water that discourage visitors from experiencing much of the beauty. For nearly three decades, Butcher has captured much of that beauty in his large-format, black-and-white photographs. They've won him acclaim as an artist and as an educator who's worked to spread the word about an area that's been called Florida's "last frontier."
Supreme Court Weighs Life Sentences For Juveniles
The high court on Monday reviewed two cases testing whether it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a juvenile to life in prison without parole — for a crime that does not involve a death. The justices seemed divided and uncertain on the question of redemption versus retribution.