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National Public Radio Stories
Feiffer, Allen Drawn Together by 'Long Chalkboard'
Journalist Jenny Allen and cartoonist Jules Feiffer collaborate on their first literary effort, an illustrated book for adults. The Long Chalkboard's three stories are full of quick and witty writing and mostly well-intentioned people.
Solutions to Africa's Food Woes Remain Elusive
Sub-Saharan Africa still doesn't produce enough food to feed its own people. Millions of Africans are chronically malnourished, and the region has become perennially dependent on international food aid. Experts say a solution to Africa's overall food problems is still a long way off.
Sandy Weill and the Story Behind Citigroup
Former chairman and CEO Sanford "Sandy" Weill describes his storied career, from his beginnings as a runner on Wall Street to building the world's largest financial empire: Citigroup.
S. Koreans Divided on Response to Newest Threat
Sentiment on the streets of Seoul is divided about how to respond to the latest threat to South Korean security. Some leading newspapers are calling for an end to South Korea's "sunshine" policy of openness to the North.
China Open to Considering North Korea Sanctions
China says it supports "appropriate action" by the United Nations against neighboring North Korea in the wake of that country's apparent testing of a nuclear bomb. China also says it is encouraging North Korea to return to talks over its nuclear activities.
Debate Punctuates Surprising Virginia Senate Race
With less than a month left until election night, Republicans and Democrats are focusing on tossup races. Among them is the Virginia race between Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and Jim Webb, a Navy secretary under President Reagan now running as a Democrat. The two held their last debate Monday.
High Spending Marks Congressional Elections
In the weeks leading up to congressional midterm elections across the nation, a lot of money is being spent. Candidates and parties have raised large amounts of cash to spend on last-minute television advertisements and campaign events.
School Violence Drops, Despite Shocking Crimes
President Bush's education summit on violence in schools begins Tuesday, following a rash of school shootings. Despite high-profile cases such as the Oct. 2 shooting at an Amish school in Pennsylvania, school violence is down nationwide since the Columbine attack seven years ago.
U.N. Considers Sanctions Against North Korea
Attention is focused on the United Nations one day after North Korea announced it had conducted an underground nuclear test. The Security Council met Monday to consider imposing sanctions against Pyongyang. These could include the inspection of cargo entering and leaving North Korea, a total arms embargo and a freeze on financial assets.
Impact of Potential Sanctions on North Korea Unclear
The United States has asked the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea after it said it tested a nuclear weapon. Great Britain and France say they'll go along with these sanctions. The impact on North Korea depends on how the sanctions are written.