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.4:45 p.m.
Violence Against Women Act reauthorization hailed in Indian Country Minnesota advocates for Indian woman are hailing today's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. For years, the law has supported domestic violence prevention programs aimed curbing things like sexual assault. It has also funded shelters and training for law enforcement. But until now, the law did not cover many cases involving American Indian women.5:25 p.m.
Senate Committee Passes Bill Meant To Reduce 'Straw Purchases' Of Guns
The first major gun bills in nearly two decades had their first hearing in the Senate on Thursday, including an assault weapons ban and a ban on so-called "straw purchases." Still, even in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the legislation faces an uphill battle. Ailsa Chang talks to Melissa Block.
VA Offers Free Gun Locks To Help Prevent Vet Suicides
The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't track how many free gun locks it gives out or whether they're even effective. Rather, the devices are viewed as a stalling technique in the event a veteran picks up a gun in a moment of crisis.
Venezuelans Mourn The Fiery Leader They Had Deep Connections To
Thousands of Venezuelans have been lining the streets of Caracas, grieving the death of their larger-than-life leader, Hugo Chavez. The outpouring of emotion reflects the huge impact that "El Comandante" had on Venezuelans — and gives a sense of the void he leaves behind.
Departing Obama Speechwriter: 'I Leave This Job Actually More Hopeful'
In 2009, at age 27, Jon Favreau became the second-youngest chief presidential speechwriter in White House history. Despite his youth, he seemed to have the utter trust of President Obama, who called him his "mind reader." He left his post earlier this month and now has his sights set on Hollywood.
U.N. Security Council Hits North Korea With More Sanctions After Nuclear Test
The U.N. Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions against North Korea on Thursday as punishment for its recent nuclear test. The Council's unanimous agreement came after three weeks of negotiation between the U.S. and China, which has opposed such measures in the past. North Korea was furious at the U.N. action, issuing a threat to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons as the sanctions came up for a vote.
Young Chinese Translate America, One Show At A Time
China's so-called fan subtitle groups are trying to change the country's thinking. Every week, thousands of young Chinese gather online to translate popular TV shows like The Newsroom into Mandarin. Some do it for fun, but others see it as a subtle way to introduce new ideas about free thought and questioning authority into Chinese society.
Finding Flavor In The Castoff Carrot Top
Cookbook author Diane Morgan says there's much more to a carrot than the orange part. But too often, she says, the root vegetable's frilly green fronds end up in the trash.