Climatologist Mark Seeley's weather comments
University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley stops by the studio to talk about the weather.6:55 a.m.
NWA, pilots still locked in negotations Northwest Airlines' pilot's union has voted to authorize a strike, and the airline could ask a bankruptcy judge to void the union's contract, but for now both sides are still trying to arrive at a cost-cutting agreement through negotiation.7:20 a.m.
DUI charges against Eller prompt concern The drunk driving charges against Carl Eller are especially surprising to people who know the former Viking through his work on chemical dependency issues. Chemical dependency counselors say relapse is always a concern with those who have experienced drug or alcohol problems.7:25 a.m.
Hmong send U.N. letters on desecrated graves
Many members of the Hmong community are sending letters to the U.N. to register their complaints about a gravesite in Thailand that was desecrated.7:50 a.m.
The first World Baseball Classic begins
The World Baseball Classic is underway, and several Minnesota Twins are on some of the 16 teams participating. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with La Velle E. Neal III who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune.8:25 a.m.
Garden guru Deb Brown
The garden guru Deb Brown answers listener questions about plants, gardens, and lawns.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
An Actor's Best Friend? The Casting Director
In the final part of a series on the movie industry, we take a look at the Hollywood job on which so many acting jobs depend: the casting director. Casting directors are on the front line for actors, agents and directors. They must be fans and professionals at the same time.
Mining Offers Potential, and Challenges, for Congo
Mining is hugely important to the economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But due to a civil war and ongoing conflicts in the east of the country, the Congo's mines now produce just a fraction of their former revenue. All that could change as peace returns and more of the country falls under the control of the central government in Kinshasa.
The Bordelons and Ronald Lewis: Mardi Gras Update
Steve Inskeep checks in with some New Orleans residents with whom he has been in touch since Hurricane Katrina hit. The Bordelon family lives in St. Bernard Parish. Ronald Lewis is the president of a Ninth Ward social club.
Iraqi City Rebuilds in Relative Calm
Few Sunni Muslims live in the Shiite holy city of Najaf. As a result, the city has not suffered from the same sectarian attacks that plague Baghdad, just a two hour drive north. Reconstruction efforts there have picked up, but peace in Najaf is still far from certain.
Will Government Bulldoze New Orleans-Area Homes?
Steve Inskeep asks Polly Boudreaux, clerk of council for Louisiana's Saint Bernard Parish, whether the rumors that Colleen and Donald Bordelon have heard about bulldozing large parts of the parish are true.
Critics Hound Administration on Dubai Ports Deal
Lawmakers' complaints about the Bush administration's handling of the Dubai Ports World deal continue to grow. The Senate Armed Service Committee is preparing legislation to block the Dubai-based company from managing terminal operations at six U.S. ports.
Arroyo Halts State of Emergency in Philippines
Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has lifted a week-old state of emergency. Security advisers say the threat of a coup has eased. Economic conditions are so bad, however, that many Filipinos might look favorably on a change in government.
'Block Party' Is Chappelle at His Best Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes. It's a movie inspired, in part, by the 1973 documentary Wattstax. The movie is a fun mix of music and Chappelle at his best.
Real Estate Commissions Under Pressure
Economist Steven Levitt talks to Renee Montagne about the future of real estate agents. Levitt says their standard six-percent commission may become a thing of the past. The Internet is putting pressure on the fees that agents have become accustomed to.
NFL Negotiates with Union Over Contract Extension
The NFL's free-agent signing period was supposed to begin Friday. Instead, the league has bought itself some time as it tries to hammer out a contract extension with the Players Association. The NFL and the union now have about three days to work out an extension that could add about $10 million in salary-cap room.