Friday Festival: Cheese shop raises money for cheesemonger scholarship Local cheesemonger Benjamin Roberts is raising money for a cheesemonger education fund this weekend at the two cheese shops he runs -- France 44 in Minneapolis and St. Paul Cheese Shop in St. Paul. A portion of the proceeds will go for a cheese scholarship in honor of the woman he describes as his "cheese mentor." Benjamin Roberts spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.3:49 p.m.
For veterans, art a chance for much-needed release An art exhibit opening tonight in Minneapolis is the culmination of more than two years of teaching military veterans to express themselves through art and resolve difficult emotions stemming from past conflict or trauma.5:50 p.m.
Duluth Homegrown festival is music scene's coming-of-age story The coming-of-age story of Duluth's music scene could easily be called "North by Northeast." Now in its 15th year, the annual Homegrown Music Festival is a far cry from the late 1990s in Duluth, when there were hardly any local bands playing original music and even fewer places for them to play. The festival kicks off Sunday in Duluth, and over the next eight nights features more than 180 local bands playing 25 venues.5:54 p.m.
Pressure Builds On White House To Intervene In Syria
The White House says it still needs to corroborate information it has received that suggests Syria's government has used chemical weapons. That act would cross a "red line" drawn by President Obama. At that point, the question becomes: What might the U.S. do in response? The Pentagon is already planning.
Week In Politics: Syria, Immigration Reform
Audie Cornish 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 Syria, the immigration reform bill and the opening of George W. Bush's Presidential Center.
787 Dreamliner Could Mean Big Things For Africa's 'Air Wars'
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was supposed to be a game changing new aircraft, but battery problems grounded the fleet, costing Boeing an estimated $600 million. Now the Federal Aviation Administration has approved a fix to the battery issue, and the first Dreamliner will return to the skies this weekend in Africa. Ethiopian Airlines is relaunching the "continent's first" Dreamliner in its effort to distinguish itself in the increasingly competitive, increasingly crowded African aerospace market.
Big Night For Big Men In Round 1 Of NFL Draft
Last year, quarterbacks were the big story. This year, it's huge guys who block and tackle. Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was the No. 1 pick. He's going to the Kansas City Chiefs.
30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report
On April 26, 1983, a panel appointed by President Ronald Reagan released an ominous report that painted a dire picture of the U.S. education system. Thirty years later, many educators point to the report as the catalyst for divides that still split education reformers.
Drought To Heavy Rains Complicate Planting In Midwest
Audie Cornish talks with Jeff Miller a corn and soybean farmer in Lewiston, Ill., near Peoria, about the flooding in the Midwest that's come on the heels of a historic drought. Miller's farm, located right along the Illinois and Spooner Rivers, is already partially flooded, preventing him from planting corn so far this spring.
Country Star George Jones Dies
Starting in 1959 and for decades after, he recorded some of country's greatest songs, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Jones was 81.
FBI Criticized For Failing To 'Connect Dots' In Boston Case
The failure of the FBI and the CIA to keep track of Tamerlan Dsarnaev in the months preceding the Boston Marathon bombing has prompted criticism that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials ignored important warning signs. The case is reminiscent of criticism leveled at counterterrorism officials after Army Maj. Nidal Hasan's shooting rampage at Fort Hood Texas in November 2009 and after the al-Qaida-directed attempt to blow up a civilian airliner on Christmas Day of that year. In both cases, counterterrorism officials subsequently acknowledged that mistakes had been made. Whether authorities missed important evidence of Dsarnaev's intentions, however, is far less clear. Veteran intelligence officers say resource and legal constraints make it very difficult to follow suspicious individuals closely unless their behavior is genuinely alarming.