Live chat: Does Mars need Minnesotans? Four Minnesota residents are willing to take a one-way trip to Mars, and they're among the semifinalists in a program that would send humans to colonize the Red Planet with no prospect of ever coming back. Two of them, Jackson Kisling and Paul Larson, join an MPR News Google Hangout.
Feds: Bakken oil more volatile than traditional forms The warning comes after the massive explosion caused by an oil train derailment on Monday near Casselton, N.D. No one was hurt, but worries about toxic fumes prompted the evacuation of hundreds of residents from the small eastern North Dakota town.
Kluwe talks about how he lost his job Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe joins us to discuss his piece in Deadspin in which he writes it was his views on same-sex marriage that cost him his job with the Vikings.
Mpls. urged to take over Orchestra Hall Save Our Symphony Minnesota is calling on the City of Minneapolis to assume control of the Orchestra Hall - and the Orchestra's multi-million dollar endowment.
Snapchat suffers security breach Snapchat, the disappearing-message service popular with young people, has been quiet following a security breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users.
Partisan evolution gap? Politically insignificant, GOP says A new poll suggests that the GOP, already struggling with an identity crisis and facing ferocious internal battles, is out of sync on the issue with independents and young voters, who are far more likely to believe in the science of evolution than their forebears. But GOP strategists don't sound alarmed.
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