NPR News Agenda from the Tuesday Editors' Meeting

No obvious lead stories for the shows at the editorial meeting this morning. That's not unusual after a big event like the Sept. 11 commemorations. The official news sources seem a little exhausted and the other stories from the war in Iraq to detainee rights to immigration just grind on. That gives the programs a chance to showcase some other things.

All Things Considered may lead one hour with the continuing investigation into the boardroom battle at Hewlett-Packard. There are allegations that HP's board chairman, among others, might have employed illegal means to stop leaks from board meetings. Reporter Scott Horsley is on the story. The show's second hour could feature the battle for Baghdad, a gritty story with a Stryker force in Iraq. Reporter Tom Bowman went on patrol with them through the streets of the embattled city.

The scariest story today comes from the science desk: A report from Richard Harris about a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow who discovered how germs "talk" to each other and "coordinate" attacks on our bodies. A hopeful antidote comes from reporter Patricia Neighmond who will tell us about a new study on the healthful effects of green tea.

On Morning Edition, a big announcement from the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations on agriculture in Africa. The announcement is embargoed, which means NPR reporters and news organizations know some details in advance, but can't disclose them until 5:30 p.m. EDT today. In any case, I've been told it's a big deal.

NPR newscasts will likely have a lot of material on the primary elections in a number of states around the country today. They'll also continue coverage of the attempted bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. Day to Day hopes to talk to reporter Deb Amos, who's spent a lot of time in Syria, about the situation. For some light entertainment, listen to Talk of the Nation for a look at trivia culture.

The NPR editorial meeting ended today with a discussion of a more concerted effort to get top Bush administration officials like the president, vice president and secretary of state to do interviews with us. The Bush administration manages its interactions with the press even more tightly than its predecessors. Despite being in the sixth year of his presidency, President Bush has never agreed to be interviewed on an NPR show (He was interviewed by NPR when he was still governor of Texas).

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