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.4:44 p.m.
A focus on healthier food for the homeless The number of homeless Minnesotans has jumped over the past few years. Some people end up in shelters where they get three meals a day. But the nutrition at shelters and meal programs varies widely. Now a new group in Ramsey County is working to make sure people get not only enough calories -- but good nutrition, too.5:24 p.m.
House panel OKs 'Castle Doctrine-plus' gun bill The Castle Doctrine allows a person to use deadly force against an intruder in his or her home in self-defense. The new bill would allow a person to shoot a trespasser who is outdoors on a patio, porch or garage.5:54 p.m.
Cube Critics talk about teen movie fans Stephanie Curtis, MPR's Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr work in adjoining cubes in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, where they share their latest multiplex and art house adventures. In this installment of Cube Critics, they talk about turning prepubescent teens into cinephiles.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Birmingham, Ala., Takes Direct Hit From Tornado
Storms have wreaked havoc on Southern states this week. But Alabama has been hit hardest. Tornadoes have killed at least 162 people in the state. Birmingham, Ala., took a direct hit from a large tornado that skirted just north of downtown.
Fatah, Hamas Deal Could Affect Mideast Peace Process
Palestinian officials are preparing to seek a resolution from the U.N. General Assembly declaring statehood. Israeli officials have criticized the idea — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said there will be no hope for peace with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
Obama Administration: Sugary Foods Not So Grrreat!
The Federal Trade Commission has offered guidelines to companies that market food products to kids. The government wants the food industry to market healthful foods, not the fast food, sugary cereals and salty snacks that make up a lot of the ad market. But even though the program would be voluntary, it still rankles critics who say the government is trying to infringe on companies' free speech rights.
In London, Wedding Waiting Enters Its Final Hours
After five months of planning and anticipation, it's showtime. Swarms of people have descended on London for the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And while the bride and groom may be trying to take a low-key approach to the whole thing, London is anything but low key.
'New Yorker' Editor Reacts To 'Birther' Issue
On Wednesday, President Obama released his "long-form" birth certificate in response to continued skepticism in some quarters about his place of birth. Michele Norris talks to David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine. Remnick writes that those who harp on Obama's birth seek to "arouse a fear of the Other."
After Budget Vote, Freshman Rep. Faces Constituents
Rep. Renee Ellmers is a freshman from North Carolina who squeaked her way into Congress with 49-percent of the vote. Then she voted for the House budget measure that would turn Medicare into a voucher program. This week, she's home near Raleigh at town hall meetings, defending that vote and thinking about what she wants to do about the debt ceiling.
White House Pushes Forward With Trade Deals
Despite initial reservations, President Obama is now ready to move forward with two of the three trade agreements he inherited from the Bush administration. The deals with South Korea and Panama are "solid," says an administration official. But the third pact — with Colombia — has hit some stumbling blocks.
Shuttle Program Helped Advance Technology
On the eve of the space shuttle's penultimate flight, NPR's Melissa Block talks with Roger Launius, senior curator for space history at the Air and Space Museum, about what scientific benefits we've seen from the shuttle program.
NBA Playoffs: Full Of Heart
Some years it feels like the NBA playoffs drag on for weeks: 16 teams playing in a series of best-of-seven showdowns. You don't hear that complaint this year. The teams are playing hard and playing with a lot of heart. Teams that have slumped through past seasons have been revived, and powerhouse teams have had to dig deep to defend their status. Not all have succeeded. Michele Norris talks to David Aldridge of ESPN for an NBA playoffs update.