Poems of grief and gratitude Tomorrow night some 20 poets from around the country will gather at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis to read poems about grief, mourning - and celebration.4:55 p.m.
H1N1 could overwhelm U.S. in the next two months Pandemic influenza could overwhelm the nation's health care system, schools and businesses as early as October, according to participants in a panel discussion today on the new H1N1 virus.5:20 p.m.
Getting around tight credit: a virtual forum This week, Minnesota Public Radio News convened a group of small business owners to find if businesses actually getting easier credit. From manufacturers to single-person contractors, we wanted them to talk about their experiences in the economic downturn.5:24 p.m.
Reading the Vikings Because of Brett Favre, there is more interest in the Vikings opener this year than there has been in many years. To prepare for the season, Tom Crann talked to Armand Peterson, editor of "The Vikings Reader."5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Poverty Rates Highest Since 1997
Almost 40 million people in the U.S. lived in poverty last year, the first full year of the recession, according to a new report from the Census Bureau. Some say the numbers are grimmer than expected — and that the news will only get worse.
In Recordings, Madoff Offers Tips To Evade SEC
A new recording has surfaced from convicted swindler Bernard Madoff. The 2005 tape begins with, "Obviously, first of all, this conversation never took place." Authorities say Madoff was coaching a potential witness who was going to be talking to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Palestinian Leader Advocates Goal Of De Facto State
In the West Bank, Palestinian leaders say they can no longer simply wait for the peace process to move forward. In an interview with NPR, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says the Palestinian people must create their own institutions and "facts on the ground."
These Vintage Threads Are 30,000 Years Old
Archaeologists digging in a cave in the republic of Georgia have come across the world's oldest textiles. Dyed pink, turquoise and other colors, these flax fibers may have helped our ancestors survive the last ice age.
'Walt & El Grupo' Documents Disney Diplomacy
In 1941, as Nazi Germany made diplomatic efforts in Latin America, the U.S. state department looked to Walt Disney for its counteroffensive. Walt & El Grupo tells the story of Disney's goodwill tour, and the impact it had on the studio's animation.
Students Get In Shape And Get Credit For Wii Class
Students at the University of Houston can earn credit for playing Wii Fit for 20 to 30 minutes twice a week. Charles Layne, chairman of the Department of Health and Human Performance, says he sees the class as a gateway to other physical activity for students who might not otherwise engage in traditional sports.
'Sargasso' Re-Imagines The Madwoman Of 'Jane Eyre'
Jean Rhys' 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea endeavors to create a back story to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Though author Sara Paretsky usually resists such "vampire novels," she fell hard for Rhys' heart-chokingly urgent tale of Rochester's Madwoman.
Obama Meets With Moderate Dems On Health Care
President Obama continues Thursday to try to heave his health care plan over the finish line, meeting with moderate Democrats, most of whom are seen as skeptical of his overhaul effort. Seventeen senators will talk to Obama about the blueprint he laid out Wednesday.
Examining Health Care And Illegal Immigrants Claim
Perhaps the hottest button touched in the president's speech Wednesday was the reference to health coverage for illegal immigrants. The president says his plan won't cover illegal immigrants; Republicans insist it will.
Ancient Wall Discovered In Jerusalem
Archeologists recently discovered a 26-foot wall inside the City of David, on the eastern slope of Jerusalem. Ronny Reich, professor of archeology at the University of Haifa, and senior archeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, offers his insight.