Cargill using soybeans to lower oil use in foam Cargill, the Minnetonka-based agricultural giant makes a soybean-based chemical used to produce furniture-grade foam, reducing the need for petroleum to make the foam we sit and sleep on.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In New Orleans, Uneven Recovery Awaits Obama
President Obama will visit New Orleans Thursday to review recovery efforts more than four years after Hurricane Katrina. Residents say much of the city remains in survival mode. But by most accounts, the pace of recovery has improved under the Obama administration.
Offshore Account Deadline Nears
An amnesty deal for Americans seeking to come clean about income hidden in offshore accounts expires Thursday. Barbara Kaplan, the head of the New York tax practice at the law firm Greenberg Traurig, says her firm represents close to 100 people who are taking advantage of the government's offer.
Listeners criticize Monday's interview with Elinor Ostrom, one of the people who won the Nobel Prize for economics. Ostrom is the only woman to win the prize, and many listeners objected to the interview's focus on her gender, rather than her work.
In Israel, Kibbutz Life Undergoes Reinvention
For years, the kibbutz movement in Israel has been struggling. Now, fewer than 5 percent of Israelis live in the communal settlements. But from the ashes, some Israelis are trying to take the old movement in a new direction.
Health Insurance Help For Laid-Off Workers May End
If you have ever lost a job and the health benefits that went with it, you have probably heard of COBRA, the program that requires employers to extend your health coverage for a price. That price, however, is one that all but a fraction of laid-off workers find much too high. The federal stimulus bill has helped some workers by lowering those payments, but that help may soon run out.
Arizona Training Hospital Uses Fake Patients
Hospital errors account for more deaths in the United States than car wrecks and breast cancer. And those mistakes cost money. One health care provider wants to reduce that cost — and make patients safer in the process — by using mannequins to train doctors and nurses.
Debate Over H1N1 Vaccine? There Shouldn't Be One
The new vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza, commonly known as "swine flu," should soon become widely available across the country. Commentator Douglas Kamerow, a family physician and former assistant surgeon general, has a simple answer for the "immunize or not" question.
A Guilty Venture Into Baseball 'Fantasyland'
Most fantasy baseball books have no plot, no dialogue, no women — which is just fine with Tony Horwitz. But when Horwitz wants a little story with his stats, he picks up Fantasyland, by Sam Walker.
A Jazz Big Band Worth Blogging About
Darcy James Argue leads the 18-piece jazz ensemble Secret Society, which he describes as "steampunk." He also writes one of the jazz world's most popular blogs. And, thanks to his fans and readers, Argue was able to make his first album.
Senate Health Bill Takes Major Step Forward
The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would take steps to cover more Americans while holding down costs. A jubilant Committee Chairman Max Baucus celebrated the "yes" vote of the lone Republican, Sen. Olympia Snowe, while acknowledging many more challenges lay ahead in merging competing bills.