Minnesotans attend Gen. Vang Pao's funeral Thousands of Minnesotans are attending funeral services for Gen. Vang Pao, to honor the Laotian general who assisted American troops during the Vietnam War. Vang Pao died near Fresno on Jan. 6. He was 81.5:20 p.m.
Magraw and Wise still make music together after 30 years Two Minnesota musicians will celebrate 30 years of collaboration and a new album at the Cedar Cultural Center this weekend. Guitarist Dean Magraw and tabla player Marcus Wise talked recently with MPR's Euan Kerr about their new album, "How the Light Gets in."5:52 p.m.
Dinner Party Download featuring John Lithgow On this week's Dinner Party Download, a joke from David Gedge, frontman for brit-pop stalwarts The Wedding Present, a song from Market Watch reporter John Letzing and actor John Lithgow talks about getting decorated and reading bed times stories to his parents.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Thousands In Egypt Gather For 'Departure Friday'
Egyptians pushing for political change and to end Hosni Mubarak's 30-year grip on power got a big turnout for a rally Friday in central Cairo. Opponents of the regime called it the authoritarian ruler's "departure Friday." But Mubarak supporters labeled it "a day of loyalty." Despite the massive, peaceful protest, the Mubarak government is showing no sign it's ready to give in to the demands that the president leave office immediately.
Understanding The U.S. Position On Egypt
For several days now, the United States has been publicly calling for Egypt to hold free and fair elections — the "sooner the better" is the official line. In private, the U.S. reportedly has been talking with Egyptian officials about a plan for Mubarak to leave office immediately and hand over power to his newly named vice president, Omar Suleiman. President Obama talked with reporters Friday about Egypt. For more on the U.S. position, host Robert Siegel speaks to U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.
Week In Politics: Unrest In Egypt
Host Robert Siegel reviews the week in politics with our regular commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times.
Blizzard Deals Blow To Chicago's Can-Do Reputation
After boasting for years that it can cope with any weather contingency, Chicago — much to the delight of the cities that panic when there's a chance of a dusting — had some problems this week. But residents there say: Hey — it was the 3rd worst in history; give us a break!
A Preview Of Super Bowl XLV
Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis speaks to host Michele Norris about Super Bowl XLV. The game matches two of the National Football League's flagship franchises, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Imagine This: A Super Bowl Ad For The Government
Thomas Frank, a columnist for Harper's Magazine, speaks to host Robert Siegel about his idea of getting a bunch of ad executives to create a Super Bowl ad for Uncle Sam. If the U.S. government were a company, it would call in ad execs to rebrand. Also — ad executive Mark Fitzloff tells us about shaping the campaign, and we hear a radio version of the campaign.
Unemployment Tumbles Amid Slow Jobs Growth
The unemployment rate tumbled to 9 percent in January, but job growth remains weak. NPR's Chris Arnold looks at the latest data, and talks to a company that has been adding jobs — a package delivery service, not an easy business to be in during February in Boston.