Medtronic CEO on device industry innovation, health care reform Bill Hawkins, the chairman and CEO of Medtronic, participated in an economic summit with Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Tuesday. He spoke with MPR's Tom Crann Tuesday afternoon about the opportunities and challenges facing the medical device industry.4:49 p.m.
Medica to publish doctor ratings online Minnesota's second-largest health insurance plan says it will go ahead with Wednesday's launch of a website where it provides quality ratings of physicians, despite complaints from the state's largest doctors group.4:54 p.m.
More college students seeking mental health help Although 21-year old Lauren Peck had dealt with anxiety issues before heading to college, after arriving on campus she felt much worse. Recognizing that she needed help, she contacted the campus counseling center.5:24 p.m.
A passion for signs leads to a trip of a lifetime St. Paul-native Roger Johnson has what may be a unique travel obsession. He likes to be called "the world's first self-proclaimed welcome sign photography expert." For years he's traveled the United State having his picture taken in front of roadside signs welcoming visitors to different states.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
China's President Visit U.S. Amid Tensions
Chinese President Hu Jintao begins a state visit to the U.S. on Tuesday, his first in nearly five years. Relations between the U.S. and China are complex and often marred by tension. Some of the more difficult issues will likely be addressed during Hu's stay. But analysts say it's unlikely there will be any big breakthrough during his four-day visit.
Remembering Banker, Author Gordon Murray
For the past two years, Gordon Murray had been living with a deadly type of brain cancer and decided not to pursue further treatment. Murray died Saturday. He was the co-author of a best-selling book of investment advice, The Investment Answer. Host Robert Siegel has this remembrance.
Fuel Costs Spike In Afghanistan As Iran Flexes Muscle
For a month, most fuel trucks bound for Afghanistan through Iran have been stopped at the border. Observers in Kabul say Iran is showing its leverage with the U.S. Army next door. Afghans are protesting against Iran, and even showing rare support for the U.S. presence.
Letters: A Correction; 'Tiger Mother'; Westerns
A correction about the place of chocolate milk under new proposals for school meals by the USDA, criticism of "Tiger Mother" Amy Chua, and love for the genre of the movie Western. Hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read letters from our listeners.
Tunisians Loot Lavish Homes Of Former Ruling Clan
Tunisians say they want a complete break with their autocratic former ruler. They say the president, his wife and her family abused power and enriched themselves at the expense of the Tunisian people, who are now trashing the family's villas.
Goldman Restricts Client Investment In Facebook
The investment firm Goldman Sachs has told its wealthiest U.S. clients they can not invest in Facebook. The offer will be limited to clients outside the U.S. Goldman's decision to shut U.S. investors out comes after concern that the deal was drawing scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission. For more, host Melissa Block speaks to Andrew Ross Sorkin, a reporter and columnist with the New York Times.
'Ask Not...': JFK's Words Still Inspire 50 Years Later
On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy gave an inaugural address that became one of the most famous speeches in American history. It shaped the lives of many who took his words to heart. But will the message fade as generations pass?
Obama Reaches Out To Businesses With Rules Review
President Obama has ordered government agencies to review federal regulations and eliminate the ones that don't make sense. It's one more step in the Obama White House's effort to improve its relationship with the business community and stake out positions in the political center.