A grittier 'True Grit' St. Louis Park natives Joel and Ethan Coen said they wanted to remake the classic western "True Grit" in part to rectify an injustice to the novel on which it's based. Their film, which opens tomorrow, appears to do just that.4:45 p.m.
Census Shows South, West Lead Population Growth
New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the total population of the nation has risen to more than 308 million. The population increased by 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010, the slowest rate of growth since the 1930s. The big winners were the South and West, and some Northern and Midwestern states will lose representation.
Census Figures Could Launch Redistricting Wars
The figures out Tuesday from the Census Bureau are just the first batch of numbers to come from the 2010 count. More detailed information about race and neighborhood populations isn't due out for another few months. That's the data state lawmakers will use to redraw their congressional districts. And that redistricting process is sure to cause partisan battles. For more, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Tim Storey, a senior fellow and elections analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
British Journal Debunks Some Medical Oddities
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Tony Delamothe, associate editor of the British medical journal BMJ, and the editor of the BMJ's annual Christmas issue. This year's issue has studies debunking the idea that soaking feet in alcohol can get you drunk; the effects of alcohol on digesting a rich meal; and that redheads bleed more profusely, have a reduced pain threshold and tend to get hernias.
Iraqi Parliament Approves New Government
The Iraqi parliament has approved the new government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But Maliki is still negotiating to fill some key posts, including the Defense and Interior ministries.
Pakistan's Military Shapes Relationship With U.S.
Classified U.S. cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the contempt Pakistan's military has for the country's civilian leaders, and the power the military wields. A cable from the U.S. envoy laments that Pakistan's military can "break bread with the Americans during the day and sleep with the Taliban at night."
START Appears On Path To Ratification
Senate Democrats are on the verge of scoring yet another legislative win for President Obama. In this case, it's ratification of the nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, known as New START. A key vote on Tuesday has put the treaty on track to be ratified, and Democrats have a pack of breakaway Republicans to thank for it.
Obama Closes Year With Legislative Wins
President Obama will sign legislation repealing "don't ask, don't tell" on Wednesday. That follows another major signing last week, when he inked into law the tax cut and unemployment benefits bill. It's been a not-so-lame lame-duck session of Congress for the president.
Sen. Mark Warner: Remove The Red Tape
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has an idea for how to help get the economy moving again. The Democrat says that business is worried about investing right now, because Washington is stifling innovation through new regulations. So Warner has proposed that for every new regulation put forth, an old regulation needs to be done away with. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Sen. Warner about this plan.
More Woes For Broadway's 'Spider Man'
There are more troubles for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the record-breaking $65 million musical in previews on Broadway. An actor playing Spider Man fell into a pit while performing a stunt during Monday night's performance.
Surveying '50 Years Of Music' From Africa
Seventeen African nations turned 50 in 2010, and to commemorate the continent's half-century move from colonialism to independence comes Africa: 50 Years of Music, an 18-CD compilation.