School officials ponder funding, policy changes in budget Education officials across the state spent the day poring over the $13.6 billion dollar K-12 education bill that Gov. Dayton signed today. The central provision is a $700 million delay in state aid payments for schools. But it also includes a host of other changes that will affect how schools operate over the next few years.5:24 p.m.
Cube Critics talk about 'Rom coms' The Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr, like to shoot the breeze on cinema when they're not doing what their job descriptions require them to do. Today, the phrase "Leu Rom Com" is coined, then explained, on Cube Critics.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Default Looming, Rating Agencies Sound The Alarm
In the past few weeks, Moody's and Standard and Poor's have threatened to downgrade the country's credit rating. It's a powerful message from the agencies, which were largely discredited in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
What's A 'Chained' CPI?
A plan put forth by a group of senators known as the "Gang of Six" looks like it could be a solution to solving the nation's impending debt ceiling problem. Among the ideas in the plan is trimming the deficit by changing how the country calculates inflation through using something called a "chained consumer price index." Michele Norris speaks with Robert Greenstein, the president of the Center on Budget and Policy, about how this change will work.
Congressional Support Impacts How NASA Spends
As the shuttle Atlantis makes its final orbits of the Earth Wednesday night, it's carrying four astronauts, some trash from the space station and a load of congressional politics. Capitol Hill has always been deeply involved in NASA's activities — and sometimes seems to regard NASA as a jobs program as well as a space program.
A Look At Rep. Bachmann
Michele Norris gets a primer on GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann from Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota.
For Chinese Moms, Birth Means 30 Days In Pajamas
The age-old tradition known as "sitting the month" has strict rules. New moms are not allowed to shower, eat raw vegetables or drink cold water. Still, there are some modern twists: Wealthy mothers are paying to stay in luxury confinement centers with round-the-clock supervision from nurses.
Rising Costs Complicate Vaccine Guidelines
The group that advises the U.S. government on vaccination is finding itself in the difficult position of deciding not just how much good a vaccine can do, but whether it's worth the cost.
A Not-So-Enjoyable Biography
Commentator Andrei Codrescu has been reading a biography, and he hasn't liked what he's read. So much so, that if a biographer comes to his door, Codrescu won't be answering.
Will The Pirates' Strong Season Last?
Robert Siegel talks with Jerry Micco who is assistant managing editor for sports at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They discuss the Pirates, who are currently in first place in their division. Micco, a Pittsburgh native, talks about why this season is so different from previous ones.
Learning To Love Lully: 'The Grand Motets'
Classical music critic Tom Manoff isn't usually a fan of French Baroque music. But he's found a boxed set of motets that he likes from a composer who met a bizarre end.