Rethinking Iraq Cathy Wurzer talked with Michael Barnett about American involvement in Iraq6:50 a.m.
Pols turn up heat on DM&E expansion plan Area officials on Monday brought U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters to visit Rochester. She's the final word on the $2.3 billion federal loan the railroad wants to upgrade and expand its rail line.7:20 a.m.
More space exploration is in our future NASA is planning to put astronauts on the moon, in a permanent lunar research base. If approved, it would be the first time Americans would be on the moon since 1972. Perhaps astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, A St. Paul native, will be one of them.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Autism Bill Sparks Debate on Funding Research
Lawmakers are on a collision course over how best to fund medical research as two bills demonstrate an age-old tension on Capitol Hill: Should scientific priorities should be based more on the political process or medical expertise?
Pfizer Problems Emblematic of Industry Obstacles
The cancellation of Pfizer's drug torcetrapib highlights the difficulties facing an industry that has been extraordinarily successful over the past decade. A slew of blockbusters are losing patent protection, pipelines for new drugs are empty and the companies are struggling to refill them.
U.S. Turns More Attention to Training Iraqi Forces
Lt. Col. John Nagl is in charge of the Army's program to train American military advisers for Iraq. Deborah Amos talks to Nagle about the possibility of scaling back the number of American combat forces, while increasing U.S. help with the training of Iraqi forces.
U.K. Investigators Visit Moscow in Litvinenko Probe
British detectives are in Moscow to question witnesses who came into contact with Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko at about the time he was fatally poisoned. The Kremlin denies any involvement in the death.
France to Launch English-Language News Channel
France has an answer for America's 24-hour news channels. The country is launching a TV-news service of its own. France 24 is a partnership between a commercial network and the state-run France Televisions. It'll feature two news channels, one in French, and the other primarily in English.
Iraqi Journalists Set Up Shop in Jordan
Many wealthy and the educated people have left Iraq because of the threat of violence. That includes many Iraqi journalists. Now Iraqi journalists are filing stories from outside of their country.
McDonald's Experiments with Mini-Gyms
In an effort to keep its young customers fit, McDonald's is experimenting with mini-gyms for children. The fast food company will introduce the gyms in several states across the country, replacing its popular playgrounds.
Dunkin Donuts' Follows Northeasterners South
Dunkin Donuts is looking to expand into the South, nearly two years after its rival, Krispy Kreme, saw its expansion plans crumble. The first of a dozen planned stores just opened in Tennessee, led by a former New Englander who missed his Dunkin Donuts fix.
Past Confirmation Questions Shadow Gates' Hearing
The confirmation hearing for Robert Gates takes place Tuesday. He is nominated to be the next U.S. Secretary of Defense. The hearings are expected to focus on Iraq. But questions remain from Gates' tenure at the CIA.