Lou Bellamy and "The Invisible Man" Lou Bellamy is the founder and artistic director of the African-American Penumbra Theater in St. Paul. Bellamy talked with us about Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," a novel featuring an unnamed African-American narrator whose race makes him "invisible" to others.6:50 a.m.
Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell previews the week ahead on Wall Street.8:24 a.m.
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Bush Defends Iraq Plan on CBS' '60 Minutes'
President Bush says his decision to send more troops to Iraq is going forward, even if Congress tries to stop him. The president discussed his new Iraq strategy in a interview on CBS' 60 Minutes.
Saddam's Half-Brother, Top Aide Executed
Saddam Hussein's half-brother and the former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court are hanged before dawn for crimes against humanity. Sunni Muslims are denouncing the executions, which come two weeks after Saddam's chaotic and widely condemned hanging.
Rice, Olmert to Hold Three-Way Summit with Abbas
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agree to meet in a three-way summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Rice is touring the region in an effort to restart the Middle East peace process and deepen American involvement there.
MLK Papers Go On Display
A collection of papers belonging to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. go on display at the Atlanta History Center Monday, on the national holiday honoring the civil rights leader. The papers include the draft of a famous speech from 1967 condemning the Vietnam War.
Studies: Diversity Spurs Workplace Creativity
A growing body of research suggests that diversity in the workplace not only helps companies stay in tune with their customers, but also adds to the diversity of ideas and attitudes. Columnist Shankar Vedantam addresses the issue in The Washington Post this week.
Ice Storms Cripple the Midwest
Hundreds of thousands of Midwesterners are without power following a weekend of severe ice storms. Authorities blame the conditions for more than a dozen deaths. The governors of Oklahoma and Missouri have declared states of emergency.
Airport Attacks Cloud Basque Peace Talks
Basques and Spaniards held rallies over the weekend to condemn the Basque separatist group ETA for an airport bombing two weeks ago that left two people dead in Madrid. The bombings have left the future of peace talks between ETA and the Spanish government in doubt.
Business News: Talk of an Asian Free-Trade Zone
Leaders of 16 Asian nations meeting in the Philippines discuss creating an Asian free-trade zone. The leaders signed an energy pact on Monday aimed at reducing oil dependency and greenhouse-gas emissions.
Surprise Winner in the Video-Game Console Wars
Three new video-game systems are battling for dominance: Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii. Who's on top? None of them. It's actually the older PlayStation 2.
The Latest Gizmos to Spur Your Tech-Toy Lust New York Times technology columnist David Pogue reviews the gizmos on display at two major technology trade shows last week: the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. Pogue says Apple's iPhone tops the techie lust list.