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.
Poet Tony Hoagland's latest collection If you're looking for some culture before the weekend, Poet Tony Hoagland is reading from his latest collection tonight in Minneapolis at the Loft Literary Center.4:48 p.m.
Pervasive Post-Quake Looting Dismays Chileans
Crime is low in Chile, a country considered Latin America's most politically and socially stable. So the widespread looting that has followed last weekend's earthquake astonished many Chileans — and has people questioning just how much progress Chile has really made.
Inchvesting In Detroit: A Virtual Realty
For $1, anyone can own a square-inch corner of this Rust Belt town. Real estate developer Jerry Paffendorf has "inchvestors" from as far away as Australia. It operates like a SimCity computer game, except buyers get real land. Some locals hate the idea.
Girl Scouts Venture Online To Market Their Cookies
This year, the Girl Scouts are taking pitches for their $700 million a year business online. That's despite a controversy last year, in which 8-year-old Wild Freeborn of North Carolina put together a YouTube video — and the organization called it a violation of its rules.
One Scientist's Prescription: Grow Your Own Drugs
Ethnobotanist James Wong believes there is no reason to always use conventional medicines when you can find relief from the plants in your garden. Wong, who wrote Grow Your Own Drugs, says that herbal medicines can be a useful complement to conventional drugs.
'Still Bill': Documenting A Soul Icon
Bill Withers was working as an airline mechanic, installing toilets on 747s, when his song "Ain't No Sunshine" was released. It was the first in a string of simple, soulful hits, including "Lean on Me," "Lovely Day" and "Just the Two of Us." Though his music is still heard everywhere, Withers himself retreated to a private life more than two decades ago. A new documentary explores what happened to the hit maker when he stepped off the stage.
Overshooting Obama's Health
The president’s checkup was thorough, but the extra testing doesn't translate to extra benefit. Commentator Joe Wright says that over-testing adds greater risk to your health ... especially when the answers could be as clear as your basketball game.
Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Grows Ahead Of Iraq Vote
It seems a bit early for anti-incumbent fever as Iraq's democratic tradition is only a few years old. But the one lesson drawn from provincial elections last year was that Iraqis like to vote out sitting officials, including possibly the prime minister.
Ex-U.S. Envoy: Iraq Attacks Attempt To Destabilize
The former U.S. ambassador to Iraq says the recent spate of attacks in the country is another attempt to disrupt the political process in Iraq. But Ryan Crocker warns that the attacks are a reminder that the fight is not over in Iraq.
How Smithsonian Selects, Rejects Donations
The Smithsonian Institution announced this week it won't accept a donation of the suit worn by O.J. Simpson on the day of his murder acquittal. Lonnie G. Bunch, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, discusses how proposed donated objects are sorted though for acceptance and rejection at the institution.
Ethiopia-Born Businessman Runs U.S. Aid Program
Daniel Yohannes, who left his home country of Ethiopia when he was 17 to make a new life in the United States, says he's happy to give back to his adopted country, by serving in the Obama administration. Yohannes runs a multibillion dollar aid program that started under the Bush administration to fight poverty and promote good governance.