Banks have money to loan, but many tightening criteria There's a public perception that banks are short on cash for loans to businesses and individuals. But many Minnesota banks say they have plenty of cash to lend out, as long as borrowers can meet stricter lending guidelines.5:20 p.m.
Most memorable stories of 2008 Over the course of a year, Minnesota Public Radio's reporters, producers and hosts talk to hundreds of people from all walks of life. Some make a bigger impression than others. Some stories involve a behind-the-scenes challenge. MPR journalists each selected a story or show that was the most memorable for them.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Coping With An Autistic Brother: A Teenager's Take
Each year, about one child in every 150 is diagnosed with autism. Eleven-year-old Andrew Skillings has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism. Andrew's older sister, Marissa, talks about how she copes with her brother's meltdowns — and how she protects him from the other kids.
American Indian Composers Go Classical
Bolstered by gatherings such as the Smithsonian Institution's "Classical Native" series, American Indian composers are searching for a sound. The result is music in the spirit of their ancestors mixed with techniques from Western classical music.
Blue Man Group Creates High-Tech NYC Preschool
The founders of the quirky Blue Man Group trio have opened a preschool in New York's East Village with a padded room, climbing wall and light floor with high-tech games. The Blue School — at up to $27,000 a year — is an experiment to help kids explore "divergent thinking."
Israeli Official Issues Warning As Airstrikes Continue
Israeli fighter jets pounded Hamas targets in Gaza for a sixth day Thursday, and Palestinian doctors say the death toll in the territory now tops 400. One airstrike killed a senior Hamas leader. Meanwhile, rockets continued to hit southern Israel, and an Israeli official said the conflict is far from over.
Psychiatrist In Gaza: Coping With War
Palestinians living in Gaza have been under consistent attack from Israeli forces this week. Guy Raz talks with local psychiatrist Eyad Sarajj about how he and his family are coping.
Forecast For 2009: Anniversaries, Flavors And More
It's the first day of 2009, and Melissa Block has a preview of some events and trends expected for this year. Hawaii and Alaska will celebrate 50 years of statehood. Edgar Allan Poe fans will mark the poet and writer's 200th birthday. Experts also weigh in on the top five flavors and the top garden pick for 2009.
U.S. Hands Control Of Green Zone To Iraqi Forces
Iraqi leaders celebrated Thursday as the new security agreement with the U.S. went into effect. Now, American forces are operating under Iraqi authority. Separately, three Iraqi policemen were killed in the city of Mosul, underlining the security challenges that remain. In Baghdad's Green Zone, the U.S. formally handed over control to Iraqi forces.
U.S. Soldier, Iraqi Translator Reunite In America
An Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq last year has celebrated the holidays with the Iraqi he credits with keeping him alive. For more than a year, the master sergeant waited for his Iraqi translator to receive a visa to come to the U.S. Now the men and their families have formed a bond on American soil.
Cuba Marks 50 Years Since 'Triumphant Revolution'
Fifty years ago Thursday, the dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba, clearing the way for Fidel Castro and his guerilla movement to assume power. NPR's Jason Beaubien is in Santiago for the anniversary of the "Triumphant Revolution" and talks with Guy Raz about Cubans' perceptions of their country and their role in the 21st century.