Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:45 p.m.
Bosnian refugee in Winona wins White House recognition The White House will honor Fatima Said of Winona on Thursday as part of its Constitution Week and Citizenship Day observances. Said is executive director for Project FINE, a nonprofit organization that is focused on integrating newcomers through education. She knows what it's like to be a newcomer.4:50 p.m.
'Space Junk' movie-makers look to the heavens The widely anticipated movie "Gravity" follows the horrifying tale of an astronaut set adrift when debris hits her ship during a space walk. The facts behind the movie can be found in a new Minneapolis-produced film, "Space Junk 3D."4:53 p.m.
No charges against Minneapolis police officers in Franklin case No criminal charges will be against Minneapolis police officers involved in the May 10 shooting death of Terrance Franklin, a Hennepin County Grand Jury decided Thursday. The family's attorney has said the family will consider asking for a federal investigation and may file a civil wrongful death lawsuit.5:20 p.m.
Who Makes Up The 16 Million Households Who Get Food Stamps?
Close to 16 million American households — nearly 14 percent of households — receive food stamps. Who are they and how would a cut affect them? Robert Siegel puts those questions to Stacy Dean from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
JPMorgan Chase To Pay Huge Fine In London Whale Settlement
JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay regulators more than $900 million in fines over last year's London Whale trading fiasco. A handful of rogue traders at the bank lost more than $6 billion in a bad derivatives trading strategy. The traders then concealed the losses from senior executives for weeks. JPMorgan also formally admitted wrongdoing in the settlement with four different regulators.
Republicans Push Back On Obama's D.C. Court Nominees
President Obama has been able to fill one opening on a key appeals court, but three more remain. And GOP senators are signaling that they'll block those remaining nominations, saying the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't really need that many judges.
A Predictably Pynchonian Take On The Internet And Sept. 11
Elusive and iconic, author Thomas Pynchon may intimidate some readers, but he has a devoted following. Bleeding Edge, his new new novel, is about a spunky, Upper West Side mother and fraud investigator in the era between the dot-com boom and Sept. 11.
Skin Color Still Plays Big Role In Ethnically Diverse Brazil
Melissa Block visits a historic section of Rio de Janeiro that pays homage to Afro-Brazilian history and the many slaves that came ashore there. She talks with Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araujo about what it means to be black or mixed race in Brazil, and how skin color still dictates many aspects of life.
Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing
Every victim who arrived at a hospital alive survived the attack. But hospitals say the experience also revealed room for improvement, and they're about to share the lessons they learned at a national conference in Washington, D.C.
Making Food From Flies (It's Not That Icky)
One of the really big challenges facing our world is how to grow more food without using up the globe's land and water. One company in Ohio says we've been ignoring one solution: insects. It's using larvae of the black soldier fly to convert waste into feed for fish or pigs.
Yasmin Thayná: 'I Always Wanted To Make Literature With My Hair'
A young writer from the outskirts of Rio reads an excerpt from a story in which she lets her chemically straightened hair go natural. The story, "Mc K-Bela," was published in a literary magazine that features the work of writers from favelas and what Thayná calls "the people's neighborhoods."
Is Iran Really Trying To Thaw Relations With The U.S.?
Audie Cornish talks to Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about recent gestures by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, that hint at a more moderate opening to the West. This is in contrast to Rouhani's predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was downright combative in his relations with the U.S. Rouhani has said that Iran has no military nuclear ambitions. Maloney wrote about the thaw in a recent essay