Tonight Minnesota Public Radio's newest show, In The Loop, will explore the idea of diplomacy. Much of the diplomatic news these days is tied to North Korea, Iran, and the Middle East. But it's also hard to miss the show of political diplomacy in the nation's capital, and here in Minnesota, for that matter.
On both levels, the voters left a Republican executive with a Democratic legislature. In an excerpt from tonight's program, host Jeff Horwich considers how long their promises to get along will hold up, and whether a little help might be in order.6:45 a.m.
Tonight Isabel Allende will take the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater to talk about her new novel, Ines of My Soul. The story is drawn from the real life escapades of Spain's first conquistadora, and is set, like so many of Allende's books, in her home country of Chile.
In fact, as Kerri Miller reports, llende believes that if she'd never been exiled from Chile, her life would have taken a very different path.7:49 a.m.
Saving small town history on film Lots of small towns have amateur historians; you may know them as the folks always ready with a story of the old days. In the western Minnesota town of Milan, Billy Thompson went a step further in preserving his community's history.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Afghan Army Making Progress, Still Reliant on NATO
Afghanistan's army is a bright spot among the country's emerging institutions. Soldiers are respected, training is going well and the army is seen as less corrupt than other government entities. But it still depends on outside support.
As Memories Slip Away, It's Still a 'Wonderful Life'
Ken Morganstern was diagnosed with early-stage Alzeheimer's disease five years ago. Since then, his memory has gotten worse -- and he has lost some of the stories of his own life. But he hasn't lost the idea of who he is.
Holiday Manners: Don't Refuse the Cranberry Relish
With the annual brace of holidays approaching, it's a good time to remind dinner guests of a few basic rules of etiquette. Like don't complain when you're served something you may not like — even Susan Stamberg's awful-sounding favorite holiday dish.
President Bush Arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit
President Bush arrives in Vietnam, the second stop on a three-nation Asian tour that started in Singapore and takes him to Indonesia on Monday. Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The president is in the country to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit with leaders from 21 nations.
Terrorism Suspicion Hangs Over Pakistan's ISI
India has accused Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency, the ISI, of planning the Mumbai train bombings that killed almost 200 people this past summer. Meanwhile, a leaked British defense ministry memo alleges that the ISI has been indirectly helping al-Qaida.
Rep. Rangel Ready To Take On The Mantle Of Power
New York's Charles Rangel will be the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee when the Democrats take control of Congress in January. Rangel talks about his ascent to the chairmanship with Steve Inskeep.
Senate Approves Nuclear Deal with India
The U.S. can now ship civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India. The plan passed through the Senate easily Thursday night. It was a victory for President Bush. But critics say the deal sets a dangerous precedent, by rewarding a nuclear power that has refused to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
'Dark Energy' Thought to Fuel Universe Expansion
Astronomers have new evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope that a strange force was present in the universe billions of years ago. The force is called "dark energy." It's forcing the universe to expand at an ever quickening pace.