How Bachmann and Pawlenty performed in the GOP debate Minnesota Republicans Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty got varied reviews of their performance in Monday night's GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire. Eric Ostermeier, a research associate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and write of the Smart Politics blog, shares his opinions on the debate in a conversation with MPR's Tom Crann.4:44 p.m.
St. Paul announces plan for riverfront makeover The city of St. Paul has unveiled a sweeping plan for redeveloping the city's Mississippi riverfront. The renovation plan calls for a dramatic makeover that would make the area more natural, more urban and more connected. Don Ganje, the city's projects manager, talked with MPR's Tom Crann about the plan.5:41 p.m.
Bob Mould looks back on Hüsker Dü with 'rage and melody' Bob Mould, co-founder of the seminal Minneapolis punk band Husker Du, as well as the hit-making alt rock group Sugar, has written an autobiography. It's called "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody," and it chronicles a turbulent time in Mould's life.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
At P.R. Visit, Obama Pledges Economic Support
President Obama made a quick trip to Puerto Rico Tuesday. The visit was long on symbolism but short on substance. Puerto Rico suffered more than most of the country during the recent recession, and Obama pledged to continue economic support for the island. The president's message was also aimed, at least in part, at the growing number of Puerto Rican voters on the mainland — especially in Florida.
Hate-Crime Arrests Signal 'Victory' For California City
A gang in Azusa is accused of waging a two-decade campaign of violence to drive out the city's black residents. Now dozens of alleged Varrio Azusa 13 members are charged with racketeering and civil rights violations. One resident calls the arrests "an amazing victory."
Duncan Develops 'Plan B' For Some Failing Schools
The Obama administration wants Congress to come up with a new version of No Child Left Behind by the beginning of next school year. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is warning that as many as 80 percent of schools could be labeled as "failing" under the definition in the old law. Lawmakers seem in no hurry to act, so Duncan says he's come up with a "Plan B" to keep some districts from that fate.
N.Y. Legislature Looks For Common Ground On Property Taxes
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears close to getting one of his top legislative priorities for the year: a cap on property taxes. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced the tentative deal a few weeks ago, to the delight of business leaders in New York. But lawmakers have yet to vote on it. That's given hope to opponents of the cap, who say it will cripple poor school districts without providing meaningful relief to most homeowners.
Analyst Assigned To Compile Pentagon Papers Discusses Their Release
On Monday, Robert Siegel spoke with Daniel Ellsberg, the former analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971. On Tuesday, he hears from Leslie Gelb, the man who Ellsberg worked for at the time. Gelb directed the secret study of the Vietnam War for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.
'Hell Of A Leader': Marines Remember Sgt. Garrison
On Friday, Marines will gather to remember Sgt. Joseph Garrison at a small combat outpost in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Garrison, 27, was killed earlier this month on his fourth combat tour. Two years ago, he told NPR about his fellow Marines: "We're brothers. ... We'll die for each other."
Papa Don't Preach: 3 Dads Who Are Out Of Reach
As Father's Day approaches, writer Jim Axelrod turns to literature to probe the relationship between fathers and sons — and make sense of his own. His three selections portray fathers and sons at their best, and at their heartbreaking worst.
This Is Your Brain On Ads: An Internal 'Battle'
Youth Radio's Maya Cueva says her mother always taught her to never surrender to the manipulative ways of advertising. But recently, she had been wondering how much control she has over her thoughts. So she went to the corporate headquarters of NeuroFocus, a pioneer in the business of neuromarketing, to find out.
Summer Sounds: Heartbeat On A Quiet Night
Los Angeles screenwriter Clifford Green contributes to our series "Summer Sounds" with the story of the quiet night on a lonely country lake where he heard nothing but his heartbeat.