WHAT WE'RE DOING
I may stroll over to Regions Hospital where Minneapolis is honoring EMS workers for their work in the I-35W bridge collapse at noon.
Midmorning - We're still discussing Minnesota taxes in the first hour, but Rep. Ann Lenczewski, who heads the House Taxes Committee, has pulled out of the discussion. She'll be replaced by Rep. Diane Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis. Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen. I'll be live-blogging here starting at 9, but I won't be in the studio.
At 10, polls say people are more comfortable describing themselves as "pro life." What does this mean for the abortion debate?
Midday - Todd Rapp and Tom Horner kick around the 2009 legislative session in the first hour. Then, doctors Patricia Simmons and Doris Taylor discuss advancements in science, as part of the University of Minnesota's "Great Conversations" series. The U of M also provides audio here, including last week's conversation with Kenneth Starr.
Talk of the Nation - Did the business press miss the signs of the financial meltdown? Then, what's left after memory fails?
All Things Considered - There's a brouhaha developing in Minneapolis over the city's intention to inspect commercial buildings, Euan Kerr talks to an author about how food is changing in America, and the brain's "God spot."
Re: The new polls on "pro-life."
fivethirtyeight.com has a little more in-depth look at those polls, and how, as with everything in the abortion debate, it's impossible to gauge the feelings of the country with just the one simple "pro-life" vs. "pro-choice" question.
"Is the first sign of of pending economic troubles a reluctance to procreate?"
It must all be relative. In my circle of friends, family and neighbors it feels like a mini baby boom; kids are popping out all over the place (we have a 3 week old at home).
Bob, there are many more sites like The Big Picture from other newspapers. The Wall Street Journal has a great photo blog, the PhotoJournal. http://blogs.wsj.com/photojournal/ (click the image to see 15-20 great photos each day).
The Denver Post has one, as well: http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/ As does the Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/theframe/
I'm sure there are more!