Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:45 p.m.
GOP welcomes new faces, new ideas to Minn. Senate Last week's historic election not only switched control of the Minnesota Senate from Democrats to Republicans for the first time in 38 years, but it also brought in a herd of political rookies to the State Capitol.5:24 p.m.
Humphrey Institute reviews joint MPR political polls
MPR's Tom Crann talks to political editor Mike Mulcahy about why the MPR News-Humphrey Institute political polls are being reviewed and independently audited.5:50 p.m.
Vets recall deadly Korean War battle At the state's official Veterans Day event, a group of Korean War veterans remembered a deadly battle with Chinese forces during the winter of 1950.5:55 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Deep Divisions On Display At G-20 Summit
The Group of 20 summit got under way in South Korea with friction among leaders of the world's largest economies. U.S. economic stimulus policy is being openly criticized. The discord threatens to undermine the G-20's credibility.
Number Of Female Leaders Turns Heads In Seoul
When Dilma Rouseff takes office as president of Brazil in January, four of the G-20 leaders will be women. (The others are Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina, Angela Merkel of Germany and Julia Gillard of Australia.) Collectively, the G-20 economies make up 85 percent of global gross national product and 80 percent of world trade.
Bipartisan Support Lacking For Plan To Cut Deficit
On Wednesday, the leaders of a presidential commission tasked with finding ways to reduce the deficit suggested sweeping budget cuts totaling nearly $4 trillion. The lead authors of the report have proposed trimming or eliminating many programs that are often considered "hands off," including Social Security and the mortgage interest tax deduction. Robert Siegel talks with a member of the commission, Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky. She says much of the report does not have the support of other commission members and many of the proposals are "nonstarters."
Mass-Refinancing Plan Has Doubters
A plan by two Columbia University economists to help millions of Americans cut their mortgage rates still faces congressional scrutiny. Some critics say the plan exaggerates the savings to homeowners and would hurt mortgage investors.
Pet Physics: The Uncanny Lapping Of Cats
Cats of all sizes have a surprisingly elaborate way of drinking. Fluid mechanics scientists have learned that instead of scooping up water with their tongues, cats delicately flick them on the surface of the water, creating a jet they catch in their mouths.
GOP Targets Federal Workers' Salaries
As GOP leaders search for ways to cut the deficit, they are already pointing to the federal workforce, which some believe is too big and overpaid. But there are disagreements over how much federal workers make in comparison with their private sector counterparts and whether cutting government jobs actually saves money.
Federal Workers Offer Ideas To Save Taxpayer Dough
The SAVE Award encourages federal employees to come up with ways the government can "cut waste, save money and boost performance." The winner gets to present his or her idea in person to President Obama at the White House. Melissa Block speaks with two of the finalists: Marjorie Cook, a USDA food inspector, and Paul Behe, a paralegal specialist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
South African Rugby Player Honored
Robert Siegel speaks with Joel Stransky, who is in Washington, D.C., to receive an award from In Search for Common Ground. He's representing South Africa's 1995 Springboks rugby team, and the award is for inspiring unity and healing through the power of sports. Stransky kicked the winning goal of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The moment was featured in the film Invictus. He talks about how the team was able to bridge the divide between blacks and whites in post-apartheid South Africa.
'Next Stop Is Vietnam': A War In Song
The history of the Vietnam War has been told many times in hundreds of books, movies and plays. But a new 13-CD box set called Next Stop Is Vietnam explores the impact of that conflict through the popular music it inspired.
Iraq Inches Toward New Government
The Iraqi parliament is meeting today to endorse a deal on the formation of a new government, ending an eight-month political stalemate. Nouri al-Maliki will return as prime minister, and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani will remain as president. A senior figure in a Sunni-backed group will become parliament speaker, but many Sunnis are disappointed by the deal.