Puppets are people with strings The California-based Mitchell Family Showboat Marionettes have been touring the country in their miniature Mississippi River showboat, performing 700 shows a year. Earlier this month, Nancy Mitchell and her husband Jack Gebhardt, made a stop at the Ramsey County Fair in Maplewood.6:54 a.m.
Drought forces ranchers to make tough decision Drought conditions in northwest Minnesota and the Red River Valley are hurting farmers and ranchers. The dry weather isn't just damaging crops and reducing yields, it also has some ranchers selling off cattle.7:20 a.m.
The problem with peer review This has been a tough year for some of the country's most prestigious medical journals, who admitted to having been misled by researchers -- after their research was published. The incidents have raised questions about peer review, and why the process is not better at detecting fraud or conflicts of interest.7:54 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Hand Music: No Manual Needed
You've got to hand it to Robert Wilson. The Silicon Valley software engineer can draw a crowd just by squeezing his palms together and making music. And videos of his handiwork — he calls it "manualism" — are attracting scores of admirers on the Internet.
Rice Seeks 'Urgent and Enduring' Mideast Peace
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Israel for talks with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Before their private meeting, Olmert said Israel would continue its fight against Hezbollah. Rice repeated her view that the solution to the current crisis must not return to status quo before the fighting began two weeks ago. Rice also met with Palestinian officials in the West Bank.
Syria Seeks Diplomatic Engagement with United States
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wants Syria to use its influence to rein in Hezbollah. And Syria wants diplomatic engagement with the United States. But Rice isn't planning on talking directly to Damascus. She's counting on friendly regional governments to carry the U.S. message to Syria.
FEMA Learns from Katrina Disaster
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is revising its disaster-relief programs. The agency is responding to government audits and investigations of its efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Tasty Summertime Tradition in New Orleans
"Snowballs" are a summertime obsession in New Orleans. The shaved-ice treats flavored with syrup are sold from corner stands like Hansen's Sno-Bliz. Ernest and Mary Hansen started the business during the Depression. Both died soon after Hurricane Katrina and their granddaughter, Ashley, has taken over.
Cape Cod Soldier Dies in Iraq
Mark Vecchione, of Eastham, Mass., was the kind of kid who liked to cut school to go fishing. He joined the Army after graduation, and trained to be a gunner on a tank. Sgt. Vecchione, 25, was killed last week by a roadside bomb soon after he rejoined his unit in Iraq. Brian Morris of member-station WCAI reports.
U.S. Diplomats Work Under Fire in Lebanon
The current crisis between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli troops is testing the mettle of U.S. diplomats in Lebanon. They have arranged the evacuations of thousands of American citizens under dangerous conditions.
Dangerous Postings: Life in the Foreign Service
American forces are evacuating thousands of U.S. citizens from war-torn Lebanon. But smaller evacuations take place quite often and receive barely a mention in the media — the evacuation of families and non-essential personnel from U.S. embassies in countries that have become dangerous.
Book Costs Shock College Students, Families
More than a dozen states are considering laws that would restrict price increases for college textbooks. With many books now costing more than $100, college students and their families are facing huge bills on top of tuition costs.
Fighting Constant Along Lebanon-Israel Border
A fresh barrage of rockets slams into the northern Israeli city of Haifa, despite days of fierce fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli troops along the Lebanon-Israel border. Much of the current fighting is centered in and around a major Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon.