Foreign Motion takes jazz on an international trip When four of the best backup musicians in the Twin Cities kept meeting each other in the studio, they quickly noticed their common musical interests. Those gigs led guitarist Cory Wong, bassist Yohannes Tona, pianist Kevin Gastonguay and drummer Petar Janjic to form Foreign Motion, a new jazz fusion ensemble with a diverse and international vibe.4:54 p.m.
Minn. attorney general asks feds to investigate Humana Attorney General Lori Swanson wrote to the head of the centers for Medicare and Medicaid alleging a pattern of wrongdoing by Humana, including denying payment for medical services it's required to cover and not complying with an appeals process.5:20 p.m.
Textbook company capitalizes with lower-cost alternatives Surveys indicate that in four years of study, college students will typically spend $2,500 or more on textbooks - from new books to used books and rentals. A St. Paul company is cashing in on student frustration with high textbook prices by offering less expensive electronic and print-on-demand alternatives.5:23 p.m.
Cube Critics: Why do we need a remake of 'Carrie?' "Carrie," a remake of the 1976 horror classic of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, comes to theaters this weekend. Should you see it? Euan Kerr has some opinions on the topic. Also: Stephanie Curtis takes a look at "A.C.O.D." starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring'
It's been a tough week for the Tea Party and its supporters in Congress. But activist Sal Russo and others say that their movement isn't going away. They're looking ahead to next year's midterm elections, as well as to next month's local races.
Former Defense Dept. Lawyer Tapped To Head Homeland Security
President Obama nominated former Defense Department lawyer Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would replace Janet Napolitano, who stepped down in August to lead the University of California.
Week In Politics: Shutdown Post-Mortem And Looking Ahead
Audie Cornish talks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks with The New York Times. They take stock of the winners and losers in the government shutdown and look forward to the next potential budget and debt crisis a few months from now.
Desperation Outweighs Dangers For Europe-Bound Migrants
The drowning of more than 300 African migrants off Italy's Lampedusa island earlier this month jolted the world into awareness of a long-running crisis. Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria, Somalia and beyond risk their lives each year, traveling by boat to Europe in search of a better life. Scores die en route.
Egypt's Crackdown On Islamists Spreads To Mosques, Charities
Since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, Egyptian authorities have been systematically trying to break his Muslim Brotherhood. Their most recent target: the mosques and charities that formed a vital part of the Brotherhood's vast social network and helped it dominate recent elections.
Texas Gun Advocates Prepare For New Alamo Showdown
In Texas, there are have been a couple of recent high-profile run-ins between police and people carrying rifles in public, leading gun-rights advocates to hold a big rally at the Alamo. The event is scheduled for Saturday, and is expected to draw at least a thousand people.
Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling
Earlier this month, NPR reported on a small group of Pentecostal Christians who handle snakes to prove their faith in God. We wondered why the handlers are bitten so rarely, and why so few of those snakebites are lethal. Herpetologists who have studied the snake-handling phenomenon have some theories.
Economists Await Shutdown-Delayed Jobs Report
Thanks to the shutdown, economists are flying blind without government data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will finally release the September jobs report on Tuesday, more than two weeks after it was slated to come out.