Lance Hammer's 'Ballast' makes a splash Lance Hammer's film "Ballast" won awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals this year. It's drawn rave reviews from critics all over. Now Twin Cities audiences will get what may be the only chance to see the film on a big screen in Minneapolis.4:45 p.m.
Producer Dave Isay collects StoryCorps in new book You've heard the Story Corps stories here on Minnesota Public Radio. They're intimate, provocative and compelling stories of regular people captured in the Story Corps booth. Dave Isay, the producer behind StoryCorps talked with Tom Crann about his new book.4:50 p.m.
House DFLers race for a veto-proof majority One of the uncertainties this election season is how many Democrats will win Minnesota House seats. DFLers are just a handful of seats away from a veto-proof majority.5:20 p.m.
Justice Department approves Northwest-Delta merger Delta and Northwest airlines cleared away their last big obstacle to forming the world's largest airline today. The U.S. Justice Department said the merger has benefits and will not hurt competition.5:50 p.m.
Where do politics and literature intersect? Irish scholar and critic Declan Kiberd has become known in Ireland for his literary scholarship, with a keen eye toward how writers influence and shape the wider culture. He spoke with Tom Crann about the instersection of politics and literature in Ireland and in the U.S.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Why Did Key Angola Witness Go To The 'Dog Pen'?
Two Louisiana inmates were charged with murder based primarily on the testimony of a single witness. Now questions are being raised about whether the inmate received favors from the prison in the form of cigarettes and choice housing.
On The Mississippi, Two Views Of The Candidates
In Missouri, polls show presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama are neck and neck. Two voters — a deckhand on a small passenger ferry and a fuel truck driver who takes the ferry — have vastly different takes on the election.
Study Traces Frog Population Decline To Weed Killer
All over the world, frog populations are declining because of diseases and the destruction of wetlands. A new study suggests another reason: a cascade of environmental changes set off by farmers who spray crops with the weed killer atrazine.
Will The Fed's Latest Rate Cut Help The Economy?
While there is evidence that banks are more comfortable lending to one another, there is less evidence that banks are boosting lending to businesses and consumers, which needs to happen to propel the economy. The Fed's rate cut will help, but it won't end the credit crisis.
In Troubled Times, Countries Seek IMF Help
The global financial crisis has given the International Monetary Fund a new lease on life. Countries had been pulling away from the IMF and the reforms it demands. Now, Pakistan, Hungary, Iceland and others are turning to it to protect them in the global credit crunch.
Ahead Of Economic Summit, Bretton Woods Recalled
Countries came together for the 1944 Bretton Woods conference to deal with the economic devastation left by World War II. Financial historian John Steele Gordon says unlike the upcoming economic summit, the 1944 conference was planned for two years before it took place.
15 Years After Loss, Phillies' 'Wild Thing' Forgiven
In 1993, the Philadelphia Phillies' World Series hopes were dashed in Game 6. That's when the Toronto Blue Jays' Joe Carter hit Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams' fastball out of the park. Williams was branded a goat and soon traded to Houston. Now, as the Phillies fight to win this year's World Series, Williams offers his insight.
Tips For Obama Ad From Infomercial Guru
Barack Obama's 30-minute ad on television is essentially an infomerical for the Democratic presidential hopeful. Ron Popeil, infomerical star and inventor of products such as the Veg-O-Matic, offers his insight on how Obama can make the most of his 30 minutes.
Turkish Military Leaders Under Fire For Scandals
Generals have been publicly criticized for their handling of the conflict with Kurd separatists, and at least three former officials have been accused of ties to a group accused of plotting to overthrow the government. The army has long been considered a sacred institution.
Candidates Attempt to Woo Voters On Both Sides
When it comes to divisive social issues like abortion or stem-cell research, presidential candidates usually try to say as little as possible. But this year, McCain and Obama are trying a different tack, reaching out to both sides.