Hunting Hurricanes Hurricane forecasters get important observations from meteorologists who fly into tropical storms. They are the famed "Hurricane Hunters" of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the Air Force Reserve. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with two Minnesotans who are among them.6:50 a.m.
Special session uncertain Gov. Tim Pawlenty has sent a letter to legislative leaders saying that a special session to deal with flood recovery and the 35W bridge collapse may not be necessary after all. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller.7:25 a.m.
Texting, not talking Mobile phone text messaging has spawned a lexicon of its own. These tools have also led to ever-shorter communiques. Future Tense host Jon Gordon considers how this style of communication affects the English language.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Mississippi Town Supports War Despite Losses
Rising casualties have caused some Americans to waver in their support for the Iraq war, but residents of the tiny town of Pontotoc, Miss., continue to show their willingness to serve, even after losing four local servicemen.
Hosting a TV Show: C'mon, How Hard Can It Be? American Idol's Ryan Seacrest is just one of hundreds of TV hosts out there. Cooking shows, real estate shows, dog shows and celebrity news shows — they all need hosts, too. But what for? Are Seacrest and his ilk just a pretty faces, or do they actually have some kind of special talent?
President Bush Upholds Troop Surge in Iraq
President Bush, in Sydney, Australia, for the APEC summit, says the U.S. military buildup in Iraq has brought progress. But, he added, there has been no decision regarding possible troop reductions.
Safety of Chinese Goods at Issue for U.S.
The safety of Chinese products will be high on the agenda when President Bush meets Chinese President Hu Jintao at the APEC summit after Mattel, the world's largest toy maker, announced a third recall of Chinese-made toys this summer.
China Denies PLA Hacked U.S. E-Mail
China denies hackers from the People's Liberation Army gained access to an unclassified e-mail in the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The Financial Times says the Pentagon is trying to determine how much information was stolen.
Adventurer Steve Fossett No Stranger to Tall Odds
Steve Fossett, whose plane went missing in Nevada, has called himself an adventure sportsman. His many feats in the air and on land include climbing mountains, racing dog sleds, and trying for world records in sailing. But his most notable adventures were in the air.
Two Hurricanes Strike Same Day for First Time
Two hurricanes made landfall on the same day, one moving over the Atlantic and the other over the Pacific. Henriette hit Baja California, while Felix smashed into the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua.
New Debate on Evacuating Fire-Prone Areas
People who live in fire-prone areas are debating what to do when threatened by wildfires. It seems logical to evacuate. But proponents of a controversial concept called "shelter-in-place" say it may be safer to prepare for the flames instead of running at the last minute.
Automakers Maintain Sales Despite Woes
U.S. auto sales were flat vs. last August, but that was better than the 12 percent decline in July. The annualized sales rate for August was 16.3 million vehicles. GM surprised the industry with a 6 percent increase in sales, led by a 16.6 percent increase in truck sales.