Art Hounds: Week of May 21 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.
Jobs picture improves in April Job losses are slowing somewhat in Minnesota. The state lost 9,500 jobs from March to April, a significant improvement from most recent months.5:20 p.m.
Father of missing boy: 'Please bring Danny home' The father of a Minnesota teen who went
on the run with his mother to avoid chemotherapy for his cancer
issued a public plea to his wife on Thursday to return home to "do
what's best for Danny."5:45 p.m.
Weatherization programs gear up for stimulus business The federal stimulus package is pumping millions of dollars into weatherizing homes for low-income people. Program administrators in Minnesota are gearing up to spend lots of money in a short period of time.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Backyard Coops Make Chicks Chic
Chickens aren't just for farms anymore. Urban hens are now hip. Across the country, city dwellers — attracted by the idea of fresh eggs, a new hobby or even unique pets — are keeping flocks.
'Dark Night Of The Soul' Finds The Light Of Day
Though it's already made its way to the Internet, one of the year's most talked-about albums may never be officially released. The questions keeping Dark Night of the Soul from coming out are as mysterious as the music. The Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse project with David Lynch is the perfect marriage of joy and sorrow.
'Salvation': The End Of The World, All Over Again
John Connor's back — played this time by Christian Bale — in the first Terminator movie that'll make it or break it without Ahhhnuld. Movie critic Bob Mondello goes back to the future to see how it works.
Obama Seeks Help From Congress On Guantanamo
Speaking at the National Archives in Washington, President Obama promised to work with Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and develop a system for imprisoning detainees who can't be tried and can't be turned loose.
Cheney Defends Bush Era Interrogations
Following President Obama's address on national security Thursday, former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the interrogation methods used during the Bush administration.
It's Gates ... Robert Gates
President Obama recognized his defense secretary just before his speech on national security Thursday, pointing him out and calling him ... William Gates? Robert Gates was also misidentified at a Pentagon ceremony Tuesday.
Pew Poll Notes Rise In Independent Voters
According to a survey on American political values by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the proportion of independents is at its highest level in 70 years. Pew President Andy Kohut says there was "no sign of an ideological shift" in the past two years.
China Launches Global Media Blitz
Dissatisfied with Western media coverage of China news, China is launching several new foreign-language media outlets aimed at international audiences.
One Theory: Theories Rarely Work
Theoretical ideas are fine, but the real world doesn't always correspond to those theories. And too often, we delude ourselves into thinking experts have the answers.
Can Positive Thoughts Help Heal Another Person?
The idea that positive thoughts and prayer can affect your health has been taught at medical schools for years. But can your thoughts affect another person physically? A few renegade scientists are conducting studies between loved ones to find that out — and they say it's possible.