Controversy over proposed psychiatric hospital A controversial plan to build a psychiatric hospital in Woodbury goes before a Minnesota House committee Tuesday night. The project is rekindling an old debate: Does the state need more hospital beds for mentally ill Minnesotans, or should it expand community-based care?4:44 p.m.
How to reform mental health care in Minnesota One of the most dramatic reforms is an idea new to the state: Instead of at a hospital, a treatment center or a group home, people who need mental health care are served by a team of caregivers who come to them.4:49 p.m.
Richard Price says he writes about trouble Richard Price is acknowledged as one of the great masters of capturing the nuances of street life. His new novel "Lush Life" explores the ripple effect of a single gunshot across New York's Lower East Side.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Gasoline Prices Continue to Soar
Record high crude oil prices mean gasoline is probably headed higher as well, and prices at the pump already are at record highs. The Energy Department reports that gasoline is selling for an average of more than $3.22 nationwide. That's up more than 25 cents in the past month.
Biofuel Rush Makes Drought a Bigger Economic Risk
As grain prices rise and ethanol makes up an increasing portion of the nation's fuel supply, a major drought in the Plains states could pose a significant threat to the U.S. economy. Agricultural economists are warning that El Nino could cause grain shortages that could reverberate in an unprecedented way through the economy.
What's Driving Up Grocery Prices?
Beyond new demands on corn for use as a fuel, transportation costs for all kinds of food are going up. People around the world are eating more and eating differently, and the weakening dollar doesn't help. USDA economist Ephraim Leibtag identifies factors that are driving up grocery prices.
In Land Conservation, 'Forever' May Not Last
Private conservation agreements — which are often meant to last forever — have protected millions of acres across America, but an unanswered question looms. If circumstances change, can "forever" be undone? That question is at the heart of a legal battle in Johnson County, Wyo.
Fed Funnels Cash to Banks, Eases Lending
The Federal Reserve announced Tuesday that it will make an additional $200 billion available to the banking system in order to address an ongoing credit crunch. The Fed also is easing lending rules, and for the first time will accept mortgage-backed securities as collateral.
Why Do Men Seek Out Prostitutes?
Social psychology professor Martin Monto at the University of Portland did a study on customers of prostitutes and found that many of the assumptions of why men seek out prostitutes are accurate: variety, simplicity, no commitment. Many are also attracted to the very illicit nature of prostitution.
The Long, Colorful History of the Mann Act
Federal prosecutors might charge Eliot Spitzer under a relatively obscure 1910 law that was originally intended to combat forced prostitution. It has been used against such celebrities as Charlie Chaplin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chuck Berry and Jack Johnson.
Letters: Spitzer, 'Re-Voting,' Dragonfly
Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' comments on Monday's program. Some wrote with criticism of our coverage of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's apparent involvement in a prostitution ring. We also hear reflections on "re-voting" in Michigan and Florida, and our field trip with a flying toy dragonfly.
Scroobius Pip, Commanding Pop Culture in Rhyme
A tall, white and fully bearded Brit, the spoken-word artist Scroobius Pip makes for an unlikely hip-hop phenomenon. But his rhythmically driving singles — including the hit "Thou Shalt Always Kill" — have taken the British music world by storm.