Mayo Clinic team to separate conjoined twins this Friday
After months of preparation, a team at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester will attempt to separate a set of conoined twins on Friday. Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen were born in November joined at the chest and abdomen. The girls share, among other things, a liver, parts of the pancreas and small intestine, and the sac around their hearts. The procedure will be complicated, and could last 12 hours. The Mayo Clinic has twice before separated conjoined twins. Cathy Wurzer talked with Dr. Christopher Moir who was involved in both those cases. Dr. Moir will lead the surgery on Friday.7:25 a.m.
A new generation of librarians
The new Minneapolis Central Library opens next week, and it will offer much more than full access to its 2.4 million-item collection. The new building will house community meeting and study rooms, a New Americans Center, a planetarium, a theater, more than 300 computers and a technology training center. The new Central Library opens at a time when many libraries are losing public funding and when the roles of librarians are evolving. Cathy Wurzer talked about the new generation of librarians with Mary Wagner, the Program Director for the Masters of Library and Information Science at College of St. Catherine.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraqi Police Struggle with Rule of Law
Charges of bribery, corruption and violence call into question the effectiveness of the new Iraqi police force. Steve Inskeep talks with Bayan Jaber, the interior minister of Iraq. He oversees the police and is just wrapping up his term. Inskeep then talks with Col. Donald Currier, an American training the Iraqi police, about what must happen before Iraqi officials can take full control of the police force.
Aid Arrives at Arizona Hospital as Immigrants Dry Up
The Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Ariz., was, until recently, a poster child for the crisis in social services along the U.S.-Mexico border. It was flooded with patients who couldn't pay -- many of whom were illegal immigrants. Federal aid has arrived, just as the U.S. Border Patrol has slowed the flow of immigrants.
What Are You? Life as a Bi-Racial American
Commentator Angela Nissel, author of Mixed: My Life in Black and White, has some suggestions for how to respond when people with a mixed ethnic background are asked about their heritage.
Peace Deal Fails to Stop Darfur Refugees
Days after a peace deal was signed between the Sudanese government and the main rebel faction in Darfur, refugees are still fleeing their homes. Vanessa Van Schoor, head of Doctors Without Borders, in Nyala, Sudan, talks with Renee Montagne.
International Deal Reached on Aid to Palestinians
The U.S., EU, Russia and the U.N. have agreed on a deal to create a trust fund for the Palestinian Authority. The authority is in the midst of a deepening financial crisis created when Hamas was voted into power, prompting Western donors to end their support for the government. The four powers now hope to get aid directly to the Palestinian people.
Arab Media Reports on Iran-U.S. Relationship
The Arab media is covering the Iran-United States relationship from a different point of view. Ramez Maluf, professor of journalism at the Lebanese American University, talks to Renee Montagne about the Arab view of Iran and its nuclear ambitions.
Labor Board Staff Unhappy with Working Conditions
The National Labor Relations Board is supposed to safeguard worker's rights. But staff lawyers are unhappy about their pay and claim that the NLRB isn't being worker-friendly with its own employees.
Frenchman Fights Wal-Mart for Smiley-Face Rights
Wal-Mart wants to trademark the yellow smiley face image for use in the United States retail sector. The retail giant uses the smiley face on uniforms and promotional signs. A Frenchman who claims the logo is his invention is opposing the trademark application.
Changes Prompt Wave of Optimism at CIA
The past week has brought big changes to CIA headquarters. Former CIA officials tell NPR that there's a growing sense of optimism for the future. In particular, they generally like the choice of Gen. Michael Hayden to lead the spy organization.