Lloyd Johnson is 100 and fiddling fine Minnesota's latest centenarian Lloyd Johnson, a WWII veteran and local fiddler of Swedish heritage, had two dreams: to play at the Swedish Institute -- which he did this past summer -- and to fiddle with legendary mandolin and fiddle player Peter Ostroushko.December 5, 2013
Mandela: An Audio History documentary Former South African President Nelson Mandela died December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.
In April 1994, the world watched as millions of South Africans, most of them jubilant but many wary, cast their ballots in that nation's first multiracial election. The outcome: Nelson Mandela became president of a new South Africa.
Mandela's journey from freedom fighter to president capped a dramatic half-century-long struggle against white rule and the institution of apartheid. This five-part series, originally produced in 2004, marked the 10th anniversary of South Africa's first free election.
Produced for NPR by Joe Richman of Radio Diaries and Sue Johnson, Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings of Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with and against him.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, December 5, 2013
Pope forms commission to advise on sex abuse Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him on sex abuse in the clergy - a task that will involve looking at how to protect children from pedophiles, how to better screen men for the priesthood and how to help victims who have already been harmed.December 5, 2013
Bad weather bike racers coming to Minnesota What started as a way for road bike riders to pass the time in off season has become a serious sport. Minnesota's abundance of bad weather and passionate cyclists has helped grow cyclocross in the state.December 5, 2013
Americans' isolationism on the rise Most Americans say the nation's influence in world affairs is declining, disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling foreign policy and would prefer more emphasis on domestic affairs, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.December 5, 2013
Twins sign pitcher Ricky Nolasco Right-handed pitcher Ricky Nolasco has signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins guaranteeing the veteran pitcher a salary of $12 million a year for four years.December 3, 2013