Adventures of a reporter covering the Olympics in Turin
The U.S. men's curling team is headed to the bronze medal game in the Turin Olympics. They will take on Great Britain, after losing yesterday to Canada 11-5. Meanwhile, Sasha Cohen has a slim lead heading into the finals of the women's figure skating competition tonight. MPR's Cathy Wurzer has been checking in periodically with Jay Weiner who's covering the games for the Star Tribune.7:50 a.m.
Themes for recent plays coming from newspaper headlines Art and current events have always intersected, and over the years, influenced each other. But recently, some Twin Cities theaters seem particularly keen to put what you read in the headlines on stage in the theater. This week alone, you can see plays about cloning, Osama bin Laden, and the perils of Americans traveling abroad. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Morning Edition Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola about this topic.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
A Taste of Mardi Gras: The Return of the King Cake
King cake is a treat tied to the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. With so many people returning to the city from far-flung places, this special Danish-like confection is flying off the shelves at local bakeries.
Oscar-Nominee 'Tsotsi' Takes Trip to Soweto
One of the contenders for Best Foreign Film at this year's Academy Awards is an entry from South Africa, called Tsotsi. Renee Montagne talks to the writer-director and lead actor about the story of a brutal young thug living in the slums of Soweto. The film opens on Friday.
Insurgent Infiltration Not a New Concern in Samarra
Insurgents posing as police destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines on Wednesday, setting off increased sectarian violence. Steve Inskeep talks with Knight Ridder reporter Tom Lasseter, who was embedded with American troops in Samarra earlier this month.
Journal Raises New Questions About 2000 Vioxx Study
The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine is publishing more criticism of a 2000 study on Vioxx. The journal says at least two researchers knew about "adverse cardiovascular events" more than four months before the article was published. Merck removed Vioxx from the market in 2004 and faces thousands of Vioxx-related lawsuits.
Europeans Knock U.S., Canada out of Olympic Hockey
The Canadian and United States hockey teams are heading home from the Turin Olympics after tough matches against rivals in Europe. Canada was beaten 2-0 by Russia in the quarterfinals and the Americans lost 4-3 to Finland.
Dubai Ports World a Multinational Corporation
Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the government of Dubai, is at the heart of the controversy over port security in the United States. Observers and company employees talk about the history and operations of Dubai Ports World.
Lack of Public Defenders Slows Courts in New Orleans
Judges in New Orleans are suspending the trials of indigent defendants who rely on public defenders as their legal counsel. The city fired dozens of public defenders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the judges say the lawyers who remain cannot give the defendants sufficient representation.
Alaska Prepares for New Gas Pipeline
Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski has reached a deal with three major oil companies that would hasten construction of a $20 billion natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the lower 48 states.
Call Center Outsourcing Slows
There are signs that the trend toward outsourcing call center jobs to low-wage countries like India may be slowing down. Research shows that some call centers are most effective when staffed by Americans.