Here in Washington, D.C., the hippest music club with the longest lines is called the 9:30 Club. At NPR, we have a 9:30 club of sorts, our morning news meeting. People don't line up to get in, but at least we don't have tough looking bouncers by the front door.
Here's the latest from our 9:30 meeting: Look for a variety of interesting pieces and conversations coming up on subjects ranging from detainee legislation to dietary guidelines for eating seafood.
President Bush has just signed the controversial bill that sets out guidelines for the interrogation of terror suspects and trials before military commissions. John Hendren will report for All Things Considered about how the new law will affect the military. Now that North Korea has set off one nuclear device, will it test another? And then another? And is there any effective deterrence left now that North Korea has joined the nuclear club? One thing is certain, reports NPR's Mike Shuster: The North Korea test was a blow to the nuclear non-proliferation movement.
Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the marathon balloting over the next two-year seat on the Security Council continues. It's Guatemala versus Venezuela, with Guatemala in the lead, but lacking the two-thirds majority needed to secure the seat. Venezuela is blaming the U.S. for stifling its bid. But did Hugo Chavez's "Bush is the devil" speech at the U.N. hurt his country's chances of getting a seat at the big table? NPR's Michele Keleman will have the latest.
Confused about the health warnings about eating seafood? Which fish are safe to eat, and how often can you eat them? Alison Aubrey will be on Day to Day and All Things Considered with the latest science on diet and seafood.
In Chicago, city of broad shoulders and open outcry commodities trading, there's a big deal brewing. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has agreed to buy the parent company of its cross-town rival, the Chicago Board of Trade. It's an $8 billion transaction involving institutions with roots dating back to the 1800s. But this pairing isn't about history. It's about the future, and futures trading in the global economy. NPR's David Schaper will give us the story from Chicago.
On Talk of the Nation, listen for a conversation about the federal government's underground war room in Colorado. The retreat comes equipped with a convenience store, a medical clinic and a barbershop. Now it's going into quasi-retirement. It won't be shut forever. Instead, it's being put on something called "warm standby." No word yet on what happens to the groceries.