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.4:49 p.m.
State faces unprecedented cash-flow crisis In the aftermath of a Minnesota Supreme Court court ruling against Gov. Pawlenty's 2009 budget fix, state officials say they could now face an unprecedented cash-flow crisis if anyone affected by those cuts seeks repayment.5:15 p.m.
Maplewood police officer laid to rest In a day filled with somber ritual, some 3,000 law enforcement officers and members of the public said goodbye to fallen Maplewood police Sgt. Joe Bergeron.5:20 p.m.
Judge: Vikings' Williamses must serve suspensions A Minnesota judge has sided with the NFL in a
lawsuit by Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams
challenging their four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's
anti-doping policy.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Hey Good Lookin': Early Humans Dug Neanderthals
Could you have a Neanderthal in your family tree? Scientists say modern humans did more than simply coexist with our evolutionary cousins. New research shows that Neanderthals and non-African early humans had sex -- and produced offspring. Along with the chimpanzee genome completed a few years ago, the Neanderthal genome will help scientists pin down the genetic changes that made modern humans human.
Dow Plunges Nearly 1,000 Points Before Rebound
The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 1,000 points in half an hour amid concerns that Greece's debt problems could halt the global economic recovery. NPR's John Ydstie talks to Robert Siegel about the wild day on Wall Street.
Rig Survivors Felt Coerced To Sign Waivers
Deepwater Horizon workers say they were urged hours after the disaster to sign forms that they fear will be used against them as they seek compensation for physical and psychiatric problems.
Previous BP Accidents Blamed On Safety Lapses
The Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion and fire that killed 11 men and triggered a massive oil leak is not the first time BP has had to contend with a horrible accident or spill. In the past five years, two high-profile accidents have occurred at BP facilities -- one at a Texas refinery, another at a pipeline in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay.
A Woman's Mission: To Teach Birth Control In Nigeria
After moving to Nigeria in the late 1950s, Daphne Mae Hunt was determined to teach women about a birth control method based on their menstrual cycles -- even though it was taboo to talk about them. Her then-8-year-old son, Nigerian writer Chris Abani, came along to interpret.
Remembering Biologist Devra Kleiman
Robert Siegel and Michele Norris remember biologist Devra G. Kleiman, who died last week at age 67. She did groundbreaking research on giant pandas and South American monkeys, and showed how zoos can play a critical role in preserving endangered species.
Kaplan University: A For-Profit Take On Education
The Washington Post Co.'s flagship newspaper is losing money, and this week it announced that it is selling Newsweek. The company is surprisingly profitable, though, because it owns Kaplan University -- a for-profit university. But critics are concerned about how much Kaplan spends on advertising, and how much it depends on federal financial aid.
Letters: Soda In America
Listeners respond to our stories on soda in America. Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails.
A 'Mother' With Scars, And The Man Who Made Her
Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child features Annette Bening as a single woman who's full of regret about the baby she gave up at age 14. Garcia and Bening join NPR's Michele Norris to discuss the complexity of Bening's character -- and how Garcia managed to get it right.
Did Technical Glitch Cause Wild Ride On Wall Street?
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down nearly 350 points on Thursday, but amazingly enough, that was considered not so bad. At one point on Thursday, the Dow was down 998 points -- a nearly 10 percent fall. Shortly after the plunge, the market started to rebound. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Michele Norris about what happened.