• Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Shane Bauer: Out of Iran, investigating America's prison system

    For two hellish years, the Iranian government held Shane Bauer prisoner on suspicion of being a spy. The worst part, he now says, was the four months he spent in a solitary cell. But since his release, Bauer has been surprised to discover even more troubling prison practices happening on American so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Zoo Animal's Holly Newsom: I thought Departure was going to be a dud; release show Saturday

    Janell Marie​It's all change these days for Holly Newsom and the band she calls Zoo Animal. A few months ago, her longtime bandmates, bassist Tim Abramson and drummer Thom Burton, both left the group. The tireless songwriter has responded with an excellent new EP, Departure, a record she claims sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal freed by Iran

    Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are finally free.​Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are coming home, and not a moment too soon.Two years after they were first detained in Iran on fraudulent spying charges, and two months into an eight-year prison sentence, Bauer, a Minnesota native and international ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal's release delayed for Iranian judge's vacation

    Shane Bauer would be a free man, but someone has to finish his vacation first.​The plight of Shane Bauer, a Minnesota native and freelance foreign correspondent, and his friend Josh Fattal, has captivated and outraged Americans. Apparently, the Iranian authorities responsible for jailing, and perh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he'll release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, magnanimous bastard, says he'll release the two Americans.​Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the slithering president of Iran, has made a promise to America -- and one of its most devoted mothers.Ahmaedinejad told the Washington Post he'll release Minnesota native Shane Bauer and Josh Fatt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Cindy Hickey, Shane Bauer's mom, goes on hunger strike

    Cindy Hickey, right, and Shourd were allowed to visit their sons this time last year.​Fed up to the point of desperation over Iran's interminable detention of their two sons, Cindy Hickey of Pine City and Laura Fattal of California have announced that they are going on a hunger strike to try a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal face Iran trial this week

    Shane Bauer is from Onamia. His mother lives in Pine City.​It's been a long journey for Shane Bauer from Onamia to Tehran, but that's where he stands trial Wednesday on spy charges. One of three Americans arrested two years ago while hiking in the mountains of Kurdistan on the Iranian border, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Sarah Shourd says hikers report on WikiLeaks is wrong

    Minnesotan Shane Bauer​Americans Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested in July 2009 after a border guard motioned the three off a hiking trail and onto Iranian soil. They were not in Iraq when they were arrested, Shourd told the New York Times. A military report released las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Shane Bauer will remain in Iranian prison [UPDATED]

    Shane Bauer has been imprisoned since last July.​Minnesota native Shane Bauer will not not be the American hiker released by Iranian authorities on Saturday. Instead, his girlfriend Sarah Shourd will be the one of the three set free. The Iranian Culture Ministry says the release is timed to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Shane Bauer's illness draws new White House attention

    ​There was a flurry of press coverage and official U.S. government statements following Friday's news that Swiss diplomats were able to visit Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal in their Iranian prison cells recently. The latest concern: Bauer has a stomach ailment and Shourd has a serio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2005

    12/29: Morning Communique

    Kurds working toward independence from Iraq, gyroscopic cancer detectors, CJR's five great stories you didn't read in 2005, Juan Cole's myths about Iraq, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2004
  • News

    August 6, 2003

    The Guts of the Story

    Home from assignment in Iraq, the Star Tribune's Paul McEnroe talks about fear, bias, and embedded journalists

  • Movies

    April 9, 2003

    Film-Fest Pick Hits

    Favorites from the second week of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival

  • Movies

    June 6, 2001

    Slowly but Surely

    Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us takes its time pondering the human condition

  • Restaurants

    May 28, 1997