State Fair University: How to walk in Antarctica We've been trying to learn something new about the world each day of the State Fair, and for today's Morning Edition State Fair University, we found a group of scientists and map-makers who are closely studying Antarctica.
Ads featuring same-sex couples not yet mainstream Advertisements featuring gay couples are still few and far between. Many companies try to cater to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers, but those efforts are generally not obvious to the general public. That's starting to change.
What's your reaction to MPS canceling class? Two days after the start of the school year, Minneapolis Public Schools cancelled classes at 27 sites due to excessive heat. MPR News wants to hear from parents about their reaction to the cancellations.
Video: Terrible beauty of Yosemite's wildfire Like other disasters before it, the Yosemite Rim Fire is providing some tremendous beauty in photographs and video. Today, the Yosemite National Park released this time-lapse video of the unfolding disaster.
Sand mine gets approval in Mankato The Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for Jordan Sands, an affiliate of Coughlan Companies, which is planning to mine 70 acres and use another 40 acres just north of the city for processing the sand.
Smart phones aren't reducing the rural Internet gap Ten percent of the nation's adults say they don't have broadband at home but do have a smart phone, says a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. On the other hand, the same report shows that phenomenon has done nothing to narrow the urban-rural gap.
Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide Thursday's planned walkouts follow a series of strikes that began last November in New York City, then spread to cities including Chicago, Detroit and Seattle. Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That's more than double the federal minimum wage.
Scientists find clue to age-related memory loss A report offers evidence that age-related memory loss really is a distinct condition from pre-Alzheimer's -- and offers a hint that what we now consider the normal forgetfulness of old age might eventually be treatable.
9 million use sleeping pills to get more zzz's Can't get enough shuteye? Nearly 9 million U.S. adults resort to prescription sleeping pills -- and most are white, female, educated or 50 or older, according to the first government study of its kind.
EPA sued for scrapping livestock data collection Environmental and animal welfare groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, alleging the federal agency unlawfully scrapped a rule that would have authorized it to collect information from large-scale livestock confinement farms.
US sugar producers receive good news from Mexico Questions about low sugar prices, dry growing conditions, discolored product and a bloated North American market due in large part to Mexican exports had American Crystal Sugar Co. officials reeling in recent weeks.
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Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire.