Writer Nicholson Baker seeks big truths in small details Nicholson Baker's latest novel brings readers into the mind of Paul Chowder, a disgruntled middle-aged poet trying to find some meaning in his existence -- if he can focus long enough. Baker will be at the Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday.4:52 p.m.
Brokers: Website delay stalling MNsure enrollment Insurance agents are key contacts for Minnesotans trying to navigate MNsure. They make up most of the 1,600 MNsure-certified helpers. Agents, however, say there's little they can do until MNsure gives them access to the broker site.5:35 p.m.
JP Morgan Posts Loss Ahead Of Expected Fines
JP Morgan Chase reported something unusual today: a loss. The bank has been forced to set aside a huge cash reserve to cover expected fines and related legal costs. In the most recent quarter, the set-aside was so large — $9.1 billion — that it produced a net loss for the bank.
MLB Postseason Contenders All Have Storied Histories
If you like your postseason baseball full of plucky, low budget upstarts...sorry. Both the American and National league championship series have a distinctly old school feel to them. The Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox and Tigers all have long, storied histories — and big payrolls to match. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to Robert Siegel about baseball's final four teams.
Shutdown Takes A Toll On GOP In Virginia Governor's Race
Republican Ken Cuccinelli had been trailing Democrat Terry McAuliffe by a few points in the polls before the partial government shutdown. But since then, McAuliffe's lead has clearly widened in a state that's home to many federal employees.
Billionaire's Gift Reopens Some Head Start Programs
Melissa Block speaks with Dora Jones, director of the Cheaha Regional Head Start in Talladega, Alabama, to gauge the effect of a recent $10 million private donation to the National Head Start Association.
View Of Snowden's Exile Life As He Gets Whistle-Blower Award
On Thursday, we saw the first image of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden since he was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August. He's shown in a photograph taken in Moscow getting an award for being a whistle-blower. Melissa Block talks to one of the fellow whistle-blowers who gave him the award, Thomas Drake, from Moscow to get a glimpse of Snowden's life of exile in Russia.
'Captain Phillips': High Stakes On The High Seas
The film, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, is based on the true story of a freighter captured by Somali pirates in 2009. NPR's Bob Mondellosays it's an accomplished and surprisingly emotional thriller.(Recommended)