Bemidji: A tale of two economies Getting a read on Bemidji's economy depends on where you look these days. You can find both ongoing struggle and boom times. It's a tale of two economies.4:50 p.m.
IRV poses few problems for Minneapolis voters Minneapolis elections officials say the city's first election using instant runoff voting has gone smoothly, but voters may be limiting their own power because they're not using all their choices.5:15 p.m.
Local lab makes Tamiflu for kids A pharmacy lab in Minnesota is helping address the shortage of H1N1 medicine for children, by making kid-sized doses of Tamiflu from adult-sized capsules. MPR's Lorna Benson visited the lab to see how it's done.5:20 p.m.
Star witness admits stealing from Petters The prosecution's star witness in the
fraud trial of Minnesota businessman Tom Petters admitted she stole
money from Petters and most of her work for him involved lying.5:24 p.m.
They Might Be Giants on kids shows and science They Might be Giants might be the only band think who've appeared on Science Friday. That's not really a surprise to their many fans who love their smart and lately even scientific songs. The band talked with Tom Crann about their current and future projects.5:52 p.m.
They Might Be Giants perform in The Current Studios Nearly 30 years into their career together, the Johns of They Might Be Giants - Flansburgh and Linnell - have just released their 14th studio album, the entertaining and educational "Here Comes Science."
Continuing in their recent vein of children's music, the album touches on plenty of scientific topics, like paleontology, astronomy and chemistry.5:58 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Marines Seek To Tame Afghan 'Snake's Head'
The Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province are pursuing a counterinsurgency strategy of "hold to build" — pushing out the Taliban and helping the Afghan government bring a sense of normalcy to villages in a region known as the "snake's head."
Political Foes Team Up To Improve Voter Registration
Advisers from recent Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns have joined together to try to come up with a better way to register voters. In the future, for example, a voter's record could be automatically updated when he or she moves.
Housing Advocate Takes Foreclosure Help On Tour
Bruce Marks has been running a nationwide tour to help people avoid foreclosure. Stopping in Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Francisco, the tour has managed to lower loan payments for nearly 100,000 homeowners so far.
U.S. Woes Cut Cash Flow From Mexican Migrants
Mexico's economy relies heavily on money flowing back to the country from workers in the U.S. The recession has hit these remittances hard. But as the U.S. recession fades, more Mexican men are traveling north to look for work as Mexico's severe downturn lingers.
Nogales Diary: Border Town Sees Business Decline
In the border town of Nogales, Ariz., shops and restaurants that rely on Mexican shoppers are closing. Residents say the downtown area has become a ghost town because of stricter immigration policies, overburdened port infrastructure and the worst recession in memory.
Magic And Bird: A Rivalry Gives Way To Friendship
In the 1980s, the "golden era" of the NBA, basketball superstars Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson had an intense rivalry that elevated the entire league. But after years of hating each other, they developed a close friendship, chronicled in a new book, When The Game Was Ours.
Searching For Answers? 'Googled' Disappoints
Ken Auletta's new book, Googled, chronicles the behemoth search engine company from the bottom up. But critic Troy Patterson says that few of the book's points are so penetrating that they couldn't be easily discovered via a quick Google query.
Lead Of Closed Broadway Revival On Experience Brighton Beach Memoirs opened on Broadway to generally positive reviews on Oct. 25. A week later, the revival of Neil Simon's hit closed due to poor ticket sales. Lead actor Noah Robbins says the cast was told about the closure half an hour before a performance.
Lessons From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall
Twenty years ago, when the Berlin Wall was breached, it marked the beginning of the end for the Soviet empire. But NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says there are other physical walls today: the one between the Israelis and the Palestinians. A wall, he says, can mean not only closed borders, but also closed minds.
Letters: Bly, Microblogging, Lions
Sharp-eared listeners caught a couple of mistakes in Monday's show, so Michele Norris and Robert Siegel restore investigative journalist Nellie Bly's reputation, bury the Pownce microblogging network, and present one disappointed listener's explanation that the Tsavo lions might have been bloodthirsty killers, just not very hungry ones.