African-American dialect the heart of Penumbra's 'Spunk' Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul.3:50 p.m.
With soda bans, NE Minn. hospitals are at leading edge of US trend In the last few months, several hospitals in northeast Minnesota have stopped selling soda and other beverages that are sweetened with sugar. They are at the forefront of a growing national trend among health care facilities that are trying to combat the nation's obesity problem.4:54 p.m.
Expanding gambling oversteps stadium financing bargain, critics say Minnesota Lottery officials say they may have the solution to Minnesota's stadium financing problems, by getting into the electronic gambling business and picking up where electronic pulltabs have fallen short. Critics say they are unhappy with the prospect of the state taking on a bigger role in gambling.5:20 p.m.
Geography may be key in any deal for Fairview Health Merger talks are swirling around Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health of North and South Dakota. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants the public to weigh in on the situation at a hearing on Sunday at the Capitol.5:24 p.m.
African-American dialect the heart of Penumbra's 'Spunk' Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul.5:55 p.m.
Construction Jobs Take A Hit In March After A Fall Boost
The latest employment numbers showed far fewer jobs were created in March than in February, disappointing those who had hoped robust growth from the winter months would hold into spring. The news overshadowed an effort from the White House to reach out to Republicans on the tax-and-spend front. The president said he would trim the growth in retirement programs if the GOP would accept some higher taxes. NPR's Scott Horsley talks to Robert Siegel about how the two issues are related.
Week In Politics: Jobs Numbers, President Obama's Budget
Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the most recent jobs numbers and President Obama's budget.
Investigation Finds Wealth Of Information On Tax Evaders
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released a massive report looking at offshore tax havens. The project was based on a huge trove of leaked documents looking into tax shelters and involved dozens of journalists from around the world. Robert Siegel talks with Gerard Ryle director of the ICIJ about the report.
The Other 'Final Four' Trades In Courts For Chess Boards
Forget basketball, there's a different collegiate final four going on right now. This weekend, Webster University of St Louis, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Illinois square off outside Washington, D.C. in the Final Four of College Chess — the President's Cup. Robert Siegel talks to players Wesley So and Ray Robson and their coach, Susan Polgar.
In Post-Coup Central African Republic, Instability Remains
Nearly two week after rebels seized control of the Central African Republic and ousted its president, the country is a shambles after widespread looting. Conflict-weary citizens want peace and to choose a new government, but it's far from certain that the future will more stable than the past.
FBI Building May Soon Be 'Put Out Of Its Misery'
With D.C. real estate booming, it's no surprise that the government is thinking about unloading a building seen by many as an eyesore. The J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters of the FBI, sits on a valuable spot along Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the Capitol and the White House.