The dangers of performing classical music All Things Considered medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg tells host Tom Crann about the practice of performing arts medicine. Dr. Hallberg will join the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on their upcoming tour of Europe.4:50 p.m.
Governor pushes school policies in 5th State of State speech The Republican governor told a joint session of the Minnesota House and Senate that lawmakers from both political parties need to work together to move the state in a common direction. But DFL leaders says some of Pawlenty's proposals just won't fly.5:20 p.m.
Monticello nuclear plant shut down indefinitely Federal officials are asking several nuclear power plants to check their facilities after a piece of equipment broke down at a power plant in central Minnesota. The plant, located northwest of the Twin Cites in Monticello, is still shut down.5:54 p.m.
Tim Brewster meets Minnesota Minnesota's new football coach says his immediate goal is to win the Big Ten. In his first appearance, he touted his reputation as a great recruiter5:57 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Deaths from Cancer Dropped Two Years in a Row
The total number of cancer deaths in the United States has declined for two consecutive years, according to new data. Cancer experts say reasons for the declines include fewer people smoking and more people getting screening tests.
Promising Therapies Are Cutting Cancer Mortality
The National Cancer Institute will spend nearly $5 billion this year exploring treatments for cancer. Pharmaceutical companies are heavily invested, as are philanthropies. Melissa Block talks with Dr. Allen Lichter, CEO of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, about how these therapies affect the rates of death due to cancer.
Baghdad Professor: School Invited Sunni Attacks
One day after the worst attack against Shiites in months, the dean of Al-Mustansiriya University tries to get the school back on its feet by offering to pay for medical care for the injured students. But at least one professor at the university said the attack was deserved, because the school has become stridently religious.
Experts: Middle East Turmoil Defined by U.S., Iran
The Middle East's conflicts are connected by a larger issue: a confrontation between Iran and the United States for power and influence in the region, analysts say. From protesters trying to bring down Lebanon's Western-backed government to violence among Palestinian factions, some experts say the common theme is the jockeying for power between the two larger rivals.
America's 'Al Qaeda Homegrown' from Oregon
Adam Gadahn, the American-born spokesman for al-Qaida, is the first American to be charged with treason in more than 50 years. Gadhan, who was born in Oregon, is thought to be hiding near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. How he came to be there is the subject of a new article in the Jan. 22 issue of The New Yorker.
Chirac's Plans Are in the Air; So Is the Presidency
As France prepares to elect a new president this year, there is much speculation over President Jacques Chirac, 74, who may step down after 12 years in power. Just three and a half months away from April's presidential poll, Chirac refuses to say whether or not he is running.
Beyond the Chunnel: Did France, Britain Nearly Join?
Recently discovered papers indicate that French Prime Minister Guy Mollet went to London in 1956 with a surprising proposal that Britain and France be consolidated into one nation. The documents uncovered by the BBC are interesting — but the proposal was never seriously considered, says Kings College professor Richard Vinen.
Senators Air Their Ideas on the Plan for Iraq
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), a candidate for president, is calling for prohibiting increasing troop levels in Iraq without congressional approval. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), a potential presidential candidate, is offering a resolution opposing "escalation" of the war. And Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is talking about her recent trip to Iraq.