Festival reflects, returns Bolcom's big embrace VocalEssence is celebrating the wide-ranging creative output of composer William Bolcom with the two-week festival "Illuminating Bolcom."
Artistic Director Philip Brunelle describes Bolcom as the quintessential American composer.6:50 a.m.
How Minnesota found its poetic voice For decades Minnesota poetry has been characterized by images like cornstalks and writers such as Robert Bly. But as a new poetry anthology shows, today's Minnesota poets mix diverse politics and heritage with prairie soil.7:25 a.m.
Debate over dangerous dogs The Twin Cities has seen four serious animal attacks this month. Aggressive dog breeds tend to get the most blame and media attention, but there are many cases involving other breeds that don't get such publicity.8:38 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Russia's Halt on Adoptions Spotlights Conditions
Russia has suspended the work of foreign adoption agencies. That has put into limbo the plans of many Americans waiting to adopt Russian children, even as human rights groups say a growing number of institutionalized children in Russia are living — and dying — in wretched conditions.
Earth-Like Planet Discovered in Libra
A team of astronomers has discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a red dwarf star 20.5 light-years away. It is the first planet outside of our solar system that could be home to liquid water — or maybe even life.
Hill Panel Probes Army's Story on Tillman, Lynch
A House committee heard testimony Tuesday about why military officials gave misleading accounts of two high-profile incidents in Afghanistan and Iraq: the death by friendly fire of Army Ranger Pat Tillman and the capture and rescue of Army Spec. Jessica Lynch.
Fort Bragg Families Told of Iraq Deaths
Officials at Fort Bragg, N.C., met Tuesday with the families of paratroopers killed a day earlier in Iraq. A truck bomb claimed the lives of nine members of the Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg.
High Court Takes Up Campaign-Ad Issue
The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether certain political ads may be paid for by corporate money under the McCain-Feingold law. Groups who want to run the ads say their speech should not be restricted.
Alabama Farmers Seek Relief for Crop Losses
Farmers in Alabama lost up to $75 million in crops during the recent spring freeze. They're asking the federal government for help. But the relief is tied to the Iraq military spending bill which President Bush says he will veto.
McCain Set to Make White House Run Official
It might seem he has been running for some time, but Wednesday, Sen. John McCain of Arizona officially announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Republican political consultant Mike Murphy talks about McCain's prospects.
Dept. of Education Launches Student-Loan Probe
A federal Department of Education task force will examine the relationship between lenders and college financial aid officers. College officials are accused of accepting kickbacks from companies that want to be on a list of preferred lenders.
Apple's Jobs Clear of Stock-Options Scandal
The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed fraud charges against two former officers of Apple Inc. They're accused of backdating stock options. It appears that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is in the clear.