New bakery offers a taste of home to Salvadorians A new bakery in St. Paul is bringing a taste of El Salvador to the Twin Cities. For some, that's a taste of home. As the Latino population in Minnesota continues to grow, different small populations of Latin Americans are developing specialty businesses.6:25 a.m.
Minnesota guardsman reflects on mission in Iraq Minnesota Public Radio News caught up with one member of the Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team who's just returned to Iraq after a short leave to his southern Minnesota home.6:50 a.m.
The World Cup sparks national pride in Germany Today is a day of patriotic pride in Germany, where the home team is playing against Italy in the semifinals of the World Cup soccer tournament. Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR's Julie Siple, who is in Germany, about how the World Cup is changing Germany.7:30 a.m.
Supreme Court More Conservative, Fragmented
With the arrivals of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court shifted to the right, as expected, in its just-completed term. But the shift was less dramatic because Justice Anthony Kennedy assumed a swing role.
Embracing the Primordial Pull of the Grill
Author Michael Pollan explores the evolutionary reasons behind why we've learned to cook with fire in his book The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Pollan says that grilling outdoors is one of the highest honors we can bestow on a guest.
Former NPR Commentator Rod MacLeish Dies
Roderick MacLeish mischievously told people he was a wild animal trainer from Kenya. He said he was once a prisoner in Siberia, rescued by a pair of huskies. But the truth of MacLeish's life was far more interesting. The filmmaker, author and former NPR commentator died Saturday. He was 80.
Europe Monopolizes World Cup Semifinals
Soccer analyst Seamus Malin says World Cup favorite Brazil failed to reach the semifinals because the squad sported too many superstars to foster real teamwork. Malin also predicts the outcome of the semifinal matches: France vs. Portugal and Italy vs. Germany.
Alaska Communities Struggle with National Guard Deployments
National Guard deployments to Iraq are drawing on a unique population of older Guard members in Alaska. The absence of these men from their communities poses distinct challenges to families already stressed by the high price of energy, the lack of jobs and, in some communities, the loss of municipal services. Jody Seitz of member station KDLG reports.
Many Surprises Await Reporters in Iraq
Anyone reporting from Iraq has to expect obstacles. In addition to the regular dangers and red tape, reporting from this war zone is always full of surprises, says Philip Reeves in this reporter's notebook.
Business Interests Buoyed by Calderon Election Lead
Mexico's stock market posted strong gains after Felipe Calderon, the free-market, center-right candidate, declared himself victor in that country's presidential election. But his main opponent, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is refusing to concede. An official vote count starts Wednesday.
Dell Computer Struggles to Maintain Quality, Stock Price
Although Dell Computer still leads the industry in sales, the company's stock price recently hit its lowest price in three years. And its sales lead is shrinking. Larry Schooler of member station KUT in Austin, Texas, reports on what's happening to Dell's bottom line, and what the company plans to do about it.
Deadline Passes as Israel Refuses Prisoner Release
A deadline set by Palestinian militants for Israel to begin releasing Palestinian prisoners passes. Militants say they will provide no more information about the condition of a captive Israeli soldier. Israel won't negotiate publicly, but international efforts at diplomacy continue behind the scenes.