Green city blues Minneapolis has excellent "green" credentials. But even people in an eco-friendly city can get discouraged when looking at the big picture of waste and energy use.6:50 a.m.
A window into the home front Nicky Inskeep and her husband Jason are both members of Minnesota's National Guard serving in different units. Jason is currently on an extended tour in Iraq while Nicky is staying home with their four-year-old daughter, Kirsten.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Talks Aside, Nuclear Might Likely to Spread
U.S. officials cite six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program as a diplomatic victory. But many observers believe North Korea will never disarm. Analysts say the outcome of the negotiations may influence Iran's thinking on nuclear weapons.
'Breach' Spins a Harrowing, Human Spy Tale
The story of FBI spy Robert Hanssen makes for a film that offers a tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama. A cast led by Chris Cooper offers a compelling look at the complexities of human relationships.
Senate Democrats Seek Way Back into Iraq Debate
The Senate started the ball rolling on a resolution opposing President Bush's plans for a troop increase in Iraq, but couldn't get its act together. Now the House is close to a final vote on the issue, while Senate leaders seek a way to take back the initiative amid procedural hurdles.
Lobbying Rules Tough to Swallow for D.C. Eateries
The House and Senate are adopting new ethics rules on lobbyists that would prohibit them from buying meals for lawmakers. The rules could crimp the style of many a restaurateur in Washington, D.C.
When a Friend Becomes a Donor
Luke Thiboutot and Ryan Conner were roommates in college. Now in their thirties, they've stayed close. Last year, their friendship took a remarkable turn: Ryan donated a kidney so Luke could live a healthy life.
Underground Lakes May Help Explain Glacier Habits
Researchers have discovered vast lakes under the ice in Antarctica, a find that could help scientists understand the rapid and currently unpredictable behavior of huge moving glaciers — called ice streams — that can influence global sea levels.
CDC Tracks Salmonella to Batch of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is linked to a salmonella outbreak that has affected almost 300 people since August, sending dozens to the hospital. Investigators have narrowed the search to a Georgia plant making Peter Pan and Great Value brands.
Have You Heard About B Flat?
For reasons that remain mostly mysterious, the note we call "B flat" does the oddest things. It aggravates alligators, it lurks in the stairwell of an office building, and it emanates from a supermassive black hole 250 million light years from Earth.
Are Drinkers' Ed Classes in Vermont's Future?
A leading educator in Vermont says it is time to lower the legal drinking age. He says 21 is too high, and just drives young drinkers underground. The former college president adds that 18-year-olds can serve on juries. They can also serve in Iraq. So he wants the legal age lowered to 18, provided people pass an alcohol education course.