Making art accessible to the poor: Respect the audience The needs of the poor go beyond food and shelter. Their spirits require nourishment as much as their bodies. Acting on that belief, several Twin Cities theater companies are working in various ways to make drama accessible to everyone.6:50 a.m.
Upper Sioux banishes drug criminals An Indian tribe in southwest Minnesota has passed one of the toughest tribal anti-drug policies in the nation. Anyone convicted of drug crimes on the Upper Sioux Reservation is automatically prohibited from setting foot on the reservation for a certain length of time, a policy sometimes called banishment.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota's gubernatorial race
Governor Tim Pawlenty will officially announce his campaign for re-election later this morning. While the governor is making the official announcement today, there are already three DFLers and an independence party candidate in the race and Libertarian candidate Sue Jeffers is challenging Pawlenty directly for the GOP nomination. Paula Lynch O'Loughlin, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota-Morris, joins us this morning to talk about the Governor's chances of winning a second term.7:25 a.m.
Curler runs across northerm Minnesota
Later this evening, Gordy Savela will get to sit down for a change. He will attend a fundraising banquet in Duluth after completing a 13-day 300 mile run from Moorhead to Duluth. Savela decided to run the equivalent of a marathon a day to raise money for junior curling programs and he stopped at several clubs along the way.7:50 a.m.
Rescued wolf hybrids moving to sanctuary Nineteen timberwolf hybrids at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society will be moved to a 180-acre wolf sanctuary in Colorado, after being rescued from a farm in western Wisconsin. "Wolf dogs," as they are sometimes called, are increasingly being bred as exotic pets.8:25 a.m.
Farmer tends to a new customer base Pelican Rapids is still basically a farming community. But a decade-and-a-half of immigration has changed the town a lot. That's not just clear on Main Street, If you drive a few miles out of town, life is even different on the farm.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
House Holds Hearing on Executive Branch Powers
Despite the Memorial Day recess, House lawmakers returned to Washington on Tuesday for a hearing on the FBI raid of Rep. William Jefferson's (D-LA) Capitol office. That search has provoked a standoff involving the White House, the Justice Department and House leaders over the reach of executive branch powers.
Ney Chief of Staff Takes Stand at Safavian Trial
Ohio Republican Bob Ney's name has been repeatedly mentioned in connection with the corruption scandal centering on former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Ney has yet to be charged in connection with the case. But on Tuesday, the Justice Department put former Ney Chief of Staff Neil Volz on the stand in the trial of former Bush administration official David Safavian.
Stirring Up Dust in the Desert
In the Southwestern United States, dust storms are largely the result of tires and hooves, which are destroying natural biological barriers that once kept dust on the ground.
U.N. Report Puts Global HIV Infections at 38 Million
A United Nations report on the status of the global AIDS epidemic estimates that there are 38 million people infected with HIV. The spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is slowing in the Caribbean and some parts of Africa. But it is taking off in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Toddlers Find Their Voice in Sign Language
Parents of pre-verbal toddlers are finding a new communication tool: Sign language. With some studies showing improved literacy as a result, teaching babies and toddlers how to sign has become a growth industry.
Parents Begin Spanish Lessons with Toddlers
Companies and educators are cashing in on a wave of interest among some parents to teach their children Spanish. The trend sometimes involves very young children who are just beginning to learn English. Research suggests this is an ideal time for kids to pick up a second language.
Budget, Value of Dollar Key to Treasury Success
President Bush has chosen Wall Street veteran Henry M. Paulson Jr. to be his third treasury secretary. If confirmed, he would succeed John Snow. The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel tells Steve Inskeep that the Goldman Sachs CEO can make a difference at Treasury by taming the federal budget process and the tending to the value of the dollar.
U.S. Troops Arrive in Western Iraq to Quell Rebellion
Some 1,500 more troops have arrived in Iraq's western Anbar province to help with the war against militant rebels in Anbar's capital, Ramadi. The city is considered one of the most dangerous in Iraq. USA Today reporter Kimberly Johnson talks to Steve Inskeep about the situation there. She is the only western reporter embedded with the U.S. Marines in Ramadi.
Insurgency Finds Success in Ramadi
Former Marine Bing West talks with Steve Inskeep about the efforts against insurgents in Ramadi. Bing has been to Ramadi nine times since 2003. He returned from an assignment there last week, reporting for the online magazine Slate.