A chat with Minnesota "Grease" star Laura Osnes Laura Osnes of Eagan is the one America wants to play Sandy in the revival of "Grease" on Broadway this summer. She was chosen for the role Sunday night in the finale of the NBC series "Grease: You're the One that I Want." Osnes talks to MPR's Tom Crann about the experience.5:24 p.m.
Designed for the dump Each year the average Minnesota family sends approximately one ton of waste into a landfill. Some of it is cheap clothing, electronics and furniture that's designed not to last very long. But environmentally conscious consumers are finding alternatives.5:54 p.m.
Author John Banville crosses the line into crime fiction There are few more serious novelists writing today than John Banville, whose novel, "The Sea," won the Man Booker prize in 2005. Banville has now crossed the divide into crime fiction, writing his latest novel, "Christine Falls," under the name of Benjamin Black.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Stent No Better Than Drugs, Heart Study Finds
A new study has found that widely used stents do not save more lives or reduce the risk of heart attacks compared to drug therapy. The study, unveiled at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting, has heart specialists asking what it means for patients.
Dems Allege Interference in Phone-Jamming Case
Questions about political pressure in the Justice Department spill over into the New Hampshire phone-jamming case. The state Democratic Party alleges interference when a federal appeals court overturned the conviction of an RNC operative who green-lighted a scheme to disrupt Democrats' get-out-the-vote efforts.
Principal Gathers Prom Dresses for Texas School
An interview last month with Barbara Critchfield, a counselor at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, caught the attention of a fellow educator. David Waters, a principal at Timberland High School in Wentzville, Mo., organized a prom dress drive with the hope of sending 250 prom dresses to the Texas school.
Explosions in the Sky's Instrumental Alternative
The Austin, Texas, band called Explosions in the Sky has spent eight years pursuing what might strike some as a tiny sub-speciality: alternative instrumental rock. The band has a new album called All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone.
Warming Will Create Micro-Climates, Scientists Say
Scientists say a warmer climate will create novel micro-climates — mixes of rain, heat and wind in a region like the Adirondacks or the Amazon. The mix of animals and plants in the new climates will be new, too.
Honking Horns Transformed: Ghana's Por Por Music
A new CD features a unique musical combination from Ghana: drums, singing, bells and squeeze-bulb horns. The band members are taxi and truck drivers, and their music, por por, is named after the sound their horns make.
Ireland's Hard-Line Leaders Agree to Power Share
The two hard-line leaders of Northern Ireland's Protestant and Catholic communities met for the first time Monday and agreed to start sharing power in the province. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and the Rev. Ian Paisley, head of the Democratic Unionist Party, agreed to work together in a coalition government starting in May.
Australian Detainee Has Hearing at Guantanamo
Australian citizen David Hicks, charged with providing material support for terrorism, had a hearing Monday at Guantanamo. Hicks is the first prisoner to be formally charged under new military tribunal rules drawn up in the wake of a Supreme Court decision which found the previous rules unconstitutional.