Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:44 p.m.
TCF's future as independent bank a question mark Bill Cooper, the head of Minnesota's thrid-largest bank, TCF, is planning to retire in a couple of years. That fact, combined with the possibility that TCF will lose a lot of revenue from its debit card business, has led to speculation that the bank may be sold.5:19 p.m.
Target disappointed with December sales December brought some disappointing monthly sales figures for Target Corp. A key measure of sales showed improvement over December 2009, but fell short of expectations.5:24 p.m.
Dayton taps conservationist to head Minn. DNR Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to lead the Minneseota Department of Natural Resources gets high marks from many for his long conservation record. But those in the state's mining industry have questions about the appointment.5:41 p.m.
A snowsuit tells tales of terror Few people would link a toddler's snowsuit with the horrors of totalitarianism. Yet this weekend at the Walker Art Center some eastern European performers are doing just that. In "Show Your Face!" the snowsuit comes alive through a mixture of puppetry, movement and music.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Practice Babies': An Outdated Practice, Rediscovered
From 1919 to 1969, college home economics programs had "practice apartments" where young women learned the domestic arts, including how to mother by caring for infants lent by local orphanages to live at the school. Author Lisa Grunwald shares the history she discovered in researching her novel The Irresistible Henry House.
Back From Exile, Sadr Vows To Resist U.S., Help Iraqis
Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of a radical anti-American Shiite sect in Iraq, has returned home after nearly four years in exile. Sadr loyalists clashed repeatedly with U.S. forces and were thought to be behind much of the sectarian violence. Now, Sadr says his role in Iraq is political, not violent.
Constitution Reading Sparks Political Wrangling
NPR's Melissa Block and Michele Norris introduce excerpts from Thursday's reading of the U.S. Constitution by the members of the 112th Congress -- including the short debate at the start as to whether portions that have been removed will be read or not. They weren't.
House GOP Champions Constitutional Rule
The new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is championing a new rule: Every new piece of legislation must be accompanied by a statement of the proposal's constitutionality. NPR's Melissa Block talks to University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt about the idea.
L.A. Effort Matches Leftover Food With The Hungry
As an increasing number of Americans are wondering whether they will have a next meal, a growing number of nonprofits have begun gathering unused edibles from businesses and governments and delivering them to hungry families. In Los Angeles, there's even been legislation to encourage the practice.
Book Review: Ismail Kadare's 'The Accident'
The Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare, winner of the 2005 Man Booker International Prize, has been slowly building a reputation here in the U.S. Our book commentator Alan Cheuse suggests that with the publication of his latest novel, The Accident, he will add to his American readership.
Digital Divide Propels Barnes & Noble Past Rival
Holiday sales at the bookstore chain's website were up 78 percent over last year; store sales increased by almost 10 percent. The company credited its popular e-readers, the Nook and the Nook Color, for the good news. Financially troubled Borders, meanwhile, is struggling for survival.
Tammi Terrell: Remembering Motown's Lost Star
Terrell was perhaps best known for her duet work with Marvin Gaye, but the young singer released solo recordings before they'd ever collaborated. These solo recordings have been collected on a new anthology called Come On and See Me.