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.
Farm bill debate begins The debate over the farm bill begins as farmers are flush with money due to high crop prices and as talk of fiscal austerity has taken over Washington. The bipartisan bill spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next 10 years but phases out direct payments to farmers and expands federally backed crop insurance.4:49 p.m.
Monocultural churches still the norm in diverse US society Ethnic diversity is shaping Minnesota's culture in many ways, and there's a small but growing movement in the United States to make Sunday morning church services more culturally diverse. However, the vast majority of the nation's religious services remain monocultural, with just one language, race or ethnic group represented.5:53 p.m.
Clinton: Syria Won't Be Peaceful Until Assad Is Gone
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan was at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday to lay out his ideas for salvaging a peace plan for Syria. There are about 300 unarmed U.N. monitors in the country, but the violence has continued and none of the six points in the peace plan are holding.
Mexico's Once Dominant Party Poised For A Comeback
The front-runner in Mexico's presidential race says his party, the PRI, has changed since it was ousted from power in 2000. Many Mexicans yearn for the peace and order the country experienced under PRI rule. But others worry about the rampant corruption that brought about the party's downfall.
Drink Up! Idaho OKs 'Five Wives' Vodka
Originally banned because its name and label might offend women and Mormons, the vodka can now be sold there. The state reversed course after a lawsuit was threatened.
Federal Reserve Predicts Moderate Economic Growth
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before the Joint Economic Committee on Thursday. Bernanke said the economy is facing some "headwinds," but that he expects it to continue growing at a moderate pace.
Calif. Governor: 'Pension Reform Is Imperative'
The public employee unions that unsuccessfully opposed the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker suffered two other defeats on Tuesday. Voters in San Diego and San Jose, Calif., approved measures to curb city pensions. Firefighters in those cities vow to take the matter to court but public support for the cutbacks was overwhelming.
Egyptian-American Returns To Cairo For NGO Trial
Robert Siegel talks with Sherif Mansour, a former senior officer at Washington, D.C.-based group Freedom House. The Egyptian government has accused Mansour and other employees of pro-democracy groups of operating illegally in the country. Mansour, an Egyptian-American, chose to return to Cairo to stand trial.
Damon Lindelof Risks The Wrath Of Loyal Fans Again
The Lost writer, who was a producer on the 2009 Star Trek reboot, is co-writer of the new Alien prequel Prometheus. He talks about science fiction, unsatisfied fan bases and how best to enjoy Prometheus.
Romney Leapfrogs Obama In May Fundraising
In May, Mitt Romney outraised President Obama for the first time. The former Massachusetts governor took in about $17 million more than Mister Obama. What's the significance of the shift?