Learning about the paddlefish at the State Fair The State Fair is full of people who have expertise on a wide variety of topics. So during this year's Fair, we're going to explore the knowledge that resides between the Pronto Pups and the butterheads. Think of it as Morning Edition's State Fair University.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Lawyers For Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales To Ask For Leniency
The sentencing hearing for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales continues near Tacoma, Wash. He's pleaded guilty to attacking two Afghan villages last year, massacring 16 men, women and children. Because of the guilty plea, Bales is guaranteed a life sentence. The only question is whether he'll have a chance at parole.
Closing Arguments Begin Thursday In Fort Hood Shooting Trial
The court martial of Army Major Nidal Hasan is heading into its final phases at Fort Hood in Texas. Hasan has elected to offer no defense. Closing arguments begin Thursday morning, and then the case is set to go to the jury. Hasan faces the death penalty, accused of massacring 13 people and shooting 32 others.
Bo Xilai's High-Profile Trial Gets Underway In China
Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is on trial — accused of accepting bribes, corruption and abuse of power. Once a powerful Communist Party boss, Bo became the most senior leader to fall from power in years after revelations emerged that his wife had killed a British businessman.
Writer William T. Vollmann Uncovers His FBI File
David Greene talks to author Willam T. Vollmann about this latest article in Harpers Magazine. In it, Vollmann details his discovery, following a Freedom of Information Act request, that the FBI was watching him, and that he was suspected of being a domestic terrorist.
New York City Council To Vote On Tough Police Oversight Laws
Thursday's vote comes just weeks after a federal judge ruled the NYPD violated the civil rights of minorities. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg refuses to back down. He's appealing the judge's ruling, and working to block the council bills as well.
China's College Grads Face A New Reality: Fewer Jobs
Young Chinese are graduating in record numbers, but the country's once-red-hot economy has cooled. And critics say because many young Chinese have known only booming growth and have higher expectations than earlier generations, they don't show much commitment to looking for work — echoing a complaint about millennials in the U.S.
Asian Markets Move Lower On News From Fed Meeting
Stock markets across Asia fell and India's currency continued its plunge after minutes from the July meeting of the Federal Reserve were released on Wednesday. Records showed Fed officials were comfortable with scaling back the huge bond-buying program as the economy grows stronger.
Bank Of America To Close Some Drive-Up Tellers
Bank of America says too few people are using drive-through teller windows. So, the bank is cutting that service at some branches. Teller lanes from Georgia to Texas have already closed.
In Canada, Maine Lobstermen Get Both A Rival And A Tutor
Lobsters are Maine's signature industry, but it's Canada who seems to be doing the better job of marketing its crustaceans. And as Maine lobstermen face record-low prices, the state is hoping to take a few lessons from the success of its northern neighbor.