Art Hounds: Improv, the MIA and Southside Aces The week's Art Hounds hype the instantaneous humor of "Improv A Go-Go," embrace the quietude of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on a late Wednesday afternoon, and throw down with Minneapolis' own Southside Aces.4:44 p.m.
Kaplan discusses his role as ambassador to Morocco Minneapolis attorney Sam Kaplan, a prominent DFL fundraiser, said he believes his appointment as the new ambassador to Morocco reflects President Obama's committment to developing better relations with the Middle East.5:19 p.m.
How is 'cash for clunkers' affecting dealers now? Last week we visited Fury Motors in South St. Paul to find out how the "cash for clunkers" program was affecting dealers. Today, we're checking back in with Jim Leonard, co-owner of Fury Motors.5:50 p.m.
Senate, Despite Doubts, To OK Cash For Clunkers
The Senate does not like endorsing bills that have been sent over fait accompli from the House, such as the $2 billion extension of the popular cash-for-clunkers offer. But up against the getaway deadline for the August recess, the Senate will give in.
The Shaky Economics Of 'Cash For Clunkers'
A government program enticing people to trade in old cars for new ones has proved wildly popular, except with economists. They say the benefits of "cash for clunkers" may not outweigh the costs, in terms of finances or the environment.
To Avoid Pedestrians, Des Moines Buses Honk
A string of bus-pedestrian accidents in Des Moines, Iowa, has transportation officials on edge. All the accidents occurred while buses were turning left, leading to a no left-turn rule. Buses are honking every time they turn right, and critics say it's making downtown Des Moines noisier.
World's Biggest Particle Collider Set For Restart
CERN plans to restart its Large Hadron Collider in November. The 17-mile-long LHC is designed to smash together particles traveling near the speed of light. But a massive electrical short shut down the giant machine last fall, putting the field of high energy physics on hold.
Celebrity Dermatologist On Tattoo-Removal Business
The Tattoo-removal business appears to be booming. The Los Angeles area's Dr. Tatoff's tattoo-removal chain is looking to expand and perhaps go public. Dr. Will Kirby, a dermatologist and co-founder of Dr. Tattoff, offers his insight.
Georgia's President Calls For International Support
Mikheil Saakashvili, president of the Republic of Georgia, urged the international community not to forget his country and its conflict with Russia. Saakashvili spoke with NPR's Melissa Block one year after Russia and Georgia went to war.
Taliban Foe Celebrates Girls' School Reopening
Ziauddin Yusefzai ignored the Taliban's death threats when they took over his city in Pakistan's Swat Valley. He marched against the militants and for as long as he could, kept running his school for girls. He is now celebrating because the Taliban is out of the city and his girls are returning to school.
Letters: Bolton, Guggenheim
Listeners respond to the interview with John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and to the story on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Madeleine Brand and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails.
Clinton Vows Expanded Aid To Somalia
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Thursday with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and warned that the Islamist extremists who control much of the country are linked to al-Qaida and want to use Somalia as a base to attack other countries "near and far." Ahmed is appealing for more help in delivering basic services to his people.
Listeners Pick Their Summer Songs
Listeners, who were asked to come up with their songs of summer, offer Pearl Jam's Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town and Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.