Art makes a difference in North Minneapolis Outsiders tend to associate the north side of Minneapolis with drugs, violence and theft. But some residents are trying to change the way the neighborhood is seen--and the way it sees itself--through art.6:50 a.m.
Despite gains, women still lag at orchestral podium Women have made great strides in corporate board rooms and other professions, but they lag behind at the conductor's podium. The head of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is hoping that will change.7:20 a.m.
Labor Day union updates
The Teamsters and six other major unions broke off from the AFL-CIO about a year ago to form the Change to Win coalition. They said labor should focus on organizing more workers, instead of trying to influence elections. Cathy Wurzer spoke with history professor Peter Rachleff, from Macalester College in St. Paul. Rachleff conducts focused research into U.S. labor history.7:49 a.m.
The new Guthrie offers a restaurant with plenty of local flavor Lenny Russo, the chef and localism advocate who brought diners the Heartland in St. Paul, is now taking his cooking and restaurant philospohy to a larger stage: Cue and Level Five at the Guthrie. In doing so, he's also changing the way his suppliers do business.7:54 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
NATO Launches Major Offensive in Afghanistan
A major NATO offensive in Afghanistan has led to fierce fighting. As many as 200 Taliban fighters — and four Canadian soldiers — have been killed, according to NATO. It's described as the most significant NATO offensive since it took over command of the southern region from U.S. forces at the end of July.
Britain Debates Military Involvement in Afghanistan
A British plane crashed over the weekend in southern Afghanistan, killing 14 British military personnel. Britain is debating whether British troops in Afghanistan are stretched too thin. Other issues facing the British public include terrorism-related arrests in Britain over the weekend and tension in the British Muslim community.
American Productivity Rises, But Not Wages
On this Labor Day, David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about wages of the American worker. Wessel says that according to new government figures, American productivity is up, but very often, wages are not.
Remembering Mom, the Labor Organizer
This Labor Day, commentator Clancy Sigal has this appreciation of his mother Jennie, a Depression-era union organizer who led her first strike at age 13. He recalls the first, but not last, time he was locked in a jail cell with her — and the many colorful characters that came in and out of her life, which was spent fighting for the rights of workers and minorities.
'Military Brats' Publish Magazine
A new magazine for military kids, written by the sons and daughters of soldiers, has been distributed to hundreds of commissaries worldwide. Military Brats is published by a military mom at Fort Drum in upstate New York. North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports.
Hezbollah Engineering Helps Rebuild Lebanon
Jihad Construction, Hezbollah's engineering arm, was on the streets in Lebanon the day after the cease-fire with Israel went into effect. The company has dozens of paid engineers and thousands of volunteers. It worked out how many homes need to be rebuilt, who needs compensation, and it has begun repairing electricity and water lines.
Telenovelas Take Off on U.S. Networks
This fall, ABC will premiere Ugly Betty — an English-language series adapted from a Colombian telenovela, a type of show similar to the American soap opera. Other networks are also experimenting with the telenovela genre.
New Orleans Seeks Host for Mardi Gras
Officials in New Orleans are trying to make it clear that the city's tourist areas escaped relatively unharmed from Hurricane Katrina. Steve Inskeep reports that they are looking for a sponsor for next year's Mardi Gras.