Tasting upper Midwest pies with the Heavy Table Jim Norton and friends at the Heavy Table blog actually took on the task of tasting some 14 pies this weekend from pie bakeries from around the region, and he joined All Things Considered to talk about the results.4:48 p.m.
Photos: Barrel makers give new life to old craft A dying craft is being preserved in a small northern Minnesota town. Black Swan barrels is one of only a few remaining wooden barrel makers in the country. Tucked away inside a nondescript industrial building in the tiny town of Osage, the shop floor of this family-run business is a busy, noisy place.4:58 p.m.
Services seek 'essential' status for possible shutdown A number of agencies are organizations are making the case what they do should be included in the list of "essential" functions during a government shutdown. Among them is the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which provides services for victims of sexual violence.5:24 p.m.
Chinese Dissident Artist Ai WeiWei Released
The Chinese government has released internationally renowned artist Ai WeiWei on bail. He was seized by authorities on April 3 as he was about to board an international flight and charged with unspecified "economic crimes." Xinhua news agency reports that he was released on bail because of "his good attitude in confessing his crimes."
Schools Blend Computers With Classroom Learning
In an era of budget cuts, some schools are trying blended learning — where students in a class are divided into groups and then they split time between computer lessons and instruction with a teacher. The blended approach helps keep the feel of a small class without the cost of additional staff.
Summer Sounds: Lawnmower
For our Summer Sounds series, writer Stefan Shepherd recalls the sound of the old gas mower he had the privilege of operating as kid. It was a lot of work, but it made him feel grown up.
In N. Ireland, Police Hope To Avert Future Riots
Belfast boiled over in a second night of sectarian violence, with youth hurling bricks, bottles and gasoline bombs. The unrest centered in Short Strand, a small Catholic community in a predominantly Protestant area of east Belfast. Police said about 400 people were involved. Violence tends to flare up before July 12, a divisive sectarian holiday.
First Lady Speaks To Young Women In Africa
Michele Norris talks to Krissah Thompson of The Washington Post about Michelle Obama's trip to Africa. Wednesday, the first lady spoke before a conference of young women from across sub-Saharan Africa.
Former Dior Fashion Director Goes On Trial
Fashion designer John Galliano goes on trial Wednesday on charges of anti-Semitism, a case that forced him out as Dior's fashion director and could result in prison time. The designer has since undergone substance abuse treatment and claims his outbursts were the result of inebriation.
Why We Tip
A popular theory says we don't tip to reward good service. We tip because we feel guilty.