Director Robert Altman dead at 81 Film director Robert Altman, the caustic and irreverent satirist who
made a career out of bucking Hollywood management and story
conventions, has died at the age of 81.4:50 p.m.
Muslim Imams hustled off Twin Cities flight
The six Muslim clerics detained Monday evening at the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport have left the Twin Cities. They departed a day after they were removed from a US Airways flight after three of them said their evening prayers in the terminal before boarding. Minnesota Public Radio's Toni Randolph reports.5:20 p.m.
Holiday travel tips
Millions of Americans will be traveling by plane tonight, tomorrow and throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But airport security rules have changed since last Thanksgiving. A scare over liquid explosives in Great Britian in August led to some major restrictions on what travelers can bring on board aircraft. Those rules have since been loosened somewhat, but infrequent flyers are bound to be confused.
Greta Cunningham talked with Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan about what travelers should keep in mind before they head to the airport this weekend.5:23 p.m.
Twins' Morneau wins MVP award Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins has been
voted the American League's Most Valuable Player by the Baseball
Writers' Association of America.5:40 p.m.
Musings on the post-meal nap
It may be as big a part of Thanksgiving as cranberries and football; it's the post-meal nap. For years, sleepy eaters have blamed the chemical Tryptophan -- found in turkey -- for their after-meal fatigue. Is there any truth to the accusation or is it just an excuse to put off doing the dishes? To find out more about Tryptophan, we called on Dr. Jon Hallberg.5:43 p.m.
The level of film and video production in the state is starting to pick up again after several years of relatively lackluster activity. Many credit the return of "Snowbate," a state rebate program that rewards producers who shoot their films, videos and commercials in Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio's Chris Roberts has this report.5:45 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Christian Politician Gunned Down in Lebanon
The murder of a prominent Christian politician in Beirut raises tensions in Lebanon. Pierre Gemayel was the Minister of Industry and the son of former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel. His father is calling for calm and prayer.
Political Killings Keep Lebanon on Edge
The death of Lebanon's Minister of Industry, Pierre Gemayel, is the latest in a string of political killings in Lebanon. Many believe Syria is behind this murder. Rami Khouri, editor at large for the Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper, discusses developments with Robert Siegel.
Anti-Terror Force Stalks Bangladesh Capital
The Rapid Action Batallion fights crime and terrorism in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Human rights activists say 340 deaths attributed to the RAB are extra-judicial killings. But crime is down and ordinary citizens seem less concerned about a lack of due process.
Talking the Talk on Taking a Walk
Some of us take our cliches extremely seriously. Maybe a little TOO seriously. But when it comes to "talking the talk," or "walking the walk," perhaps we can split the difference?
Tom Waits: The Whiskey Voice Returns
Known since the 1970s for his distinctive, gravelly voice, singer-songwriter Tom Waits has since given up whiskey for family life. But echoes of his hard-living ways can still be heard in his music.
Listening in on Detainee Hearings
Audio recordings of detainee hearings at Guantanamo Bay illuminate the process. One of six detainees whose lawyers provided the tapes is heard saying it was the first time he had heard the accusations against him, three years after his arrest.
Film World Mourns Director Robert Altman
Director Robert Altman, known for such movies as M*A*S*H, Nashville and The Player, dies at 81. He was nominated five times for Oscars and won a lifetime achievement award this year.
Elliott Gould on Robert Altman
Actor Elliott Gould recalls time spent with director Robert Altman. They worked together on several films -- notably M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye and California Split.