In Eagan, modern sculpture finds a home among the trees Along with all the attributes of an affluent suburb--spacious homes on huge lots, strip malls and chain restaurants--the city of Eagan is also blessed with a rolling, 60-acre oasis. It's a place where art and nature exist as one--the work of an 85-year-old marvel named Anthony Caponi.6:52 a.m.
Drought is affecting Minnesota crops and livestock
Much of northern, central and southeastern minnesota are abnormally dry. Unfortunately, it could get worse. The Climate Prediction Center says drought conditions could persist into September. To find out how farmers are fairing as they wait for rain Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Doug Holen with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.7:50 a.m.
Parents can expose children to the arts with preparation
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola about some steps parents can take to ease their kids into culture.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Detection Changing for Women's Heart Disease
Doctors are discoverying that heart disease may look much different in women than in men. Plaque formations are smoother, making it difficult for regular angiograms to detect. And women may have more trouble with blockages in the small coronary arteries. But few medical centers are set up with newer tests to diagnose these conditions.
Congress Finds Solution for Guantanamo Trials Elusive
Congress holds its third hearing in three days on the future of war crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay. The politicians are trying to find a way forward after the Supreme Court said President Bush's system of tribunals for Guantanamo detainees violates U.S. and international law.
Yoo Downplays Importance of Supreme Court Ruling
The Supreme Court decision striking down the military tribunal system for detainees at Guantanamo Bay undercut a memo written by a prominent former Justice Department official, John Yoo. The memo said that detainees in the fight against terrorism were not subject to the protections of the Geneva Conventions. Steve Inskeep speaks with Yoo about the ruling.
Bush Visits Germany Ahead of G-8 Summit
President Bush visits Germany, before flying to Russia for the G-8 summit. He is consulting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key U.S. ally. The Bush administration is counting on Germany's support for a flurry of recent diplomatic initiatives to defuse problems like the nuclear program in Iran.
Bush Tours East Germany with Merkel
After Angela Merkel became Germany's chancellor, she invited President Bush to visit the former East Germany. Merkel grew up in the region, which was once an independent communist nation. The two will have dinner in the small farming town of Trinwillershagen.
Japan Debates North Korea Defense Options
North Korea's recent missile tests have provoked a strong reaction in Japan. Shinzo Abe, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said this week that his country should consider developing the military capabilities to launch a pre-emptive attack against North Korea. Renee Montagne talks to Japan specialist Michael Green about the Japan-North Korea relationship.
Disney Studio Changes Have Hollywood Talking
Despite the box office success of Pirates of the Caribbean, and last year's Chronicles of Narnia, Walt Disney Studios is cutting back on its production schedule, and staffing. The company is also planning to return much of its focus to family friendly films.
MG Car Revival Planned by Chinese Company
A Chinese automaker says it is bringing back the iconic MG brand. The Nanjing Automobile group plans to assemble MG cars in China, at MG's former assembly plant in England and at a factory to be built in Oklahoma.
Israel Bombs Beirut's International Airport
Steve Inskeep reports on violence in Beirut. The BBC's Middle East Correspondent Ian Pannell describes the scene from the Beirut airport after it was bombed by Israeli forces.
Border Fighting Spurs Israeli Blockade of Lebanon
Israel widens its attacks on Lebanon with an air and sea blockade of its neighbor. Israel says the move is in response to Hezbollah attacks on Israel from southern Lebanon. Hezbollah is holding two Israeli soldiers hostage.