Allan Spear remembered as his book is published Minnesota state Sen. Allan Spear was a trailblazer. Spear, who represented his Minneapolis district from 1973-2000, was also one of the first openly gay legislators in the country. He died in 2008, but left behind a manuscript of his autobiography -- which has just now been published.4:49 p.m.
Rybak: City looking for more cuts to ease property taxes Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said city officials are looking to make more budget cuts that could help bring down property taxes. Many city property owners are upset that their property taxes are going up by 6.5 percent or more.4:54 p.m.
The latest developments in the governor's recount There were some developments in the likely recount in the Minnesota governor's race Friday afternoon, and MPR's political editor Mike Mulcahy discussed their significance with host Tomm Crann.5:17 p.m.
Newly elected lawmaker shares his experiences As the new legislative session approaches in early January, we're going to follow a couple of lawmakers for a first-hand perspective of what's happening at the State Capitol. One of those lawmakers is incoming Republican Rep. Kurt Daudt, who spoke to MPR's Tom Crann this week.5:53 p.m.
Dinner Party Download featuring actress Sally Hawkins This week's Dinner Party Download features Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Hawkins. Her latest movie, "Made In Dagenham," opens on U.S. screens this week. Sally talks about the real-life laborers the movie portrays -- and why humankind should fear crows.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Congress Has No Quack In Lame Duck Session
In the first week of the lame duck Congress, Democrats mostly ran into roadblocks. They can't agree among themselves on what to do about the expiring Bush-era tax cuts. They face Republican obstruction on an omnibus spending bill, repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and ratification of President Obama's top foreign policy objective, the new START treaty.
Mayor Dreaming Of Holiday Card From Entire Town
The mayor of Naperville, Il., wants every resident to be part of the town's holiday card, so he's invited everyone to gather for a photo on the day after Thanksgiving. Melissa Block speaks with Naperville Mayor George Pradel about the plan to spell out "Peace."
Youth Camps Aim To Spread Cricket Popularity In U.S.
Say the word "cricket" and most Americans would think you're talking about the insect. But outside the U.S., cricket is a game played by millions of people. Beginning today, though, the equivalent of the World Series for U.S. cricket begins in Florida. Most of the players learned the sport in another country. But now some youth cricket camps are aiming to change that.
U.S. Women Could Win Soccer World Cup -- If
Robert Siegel speaks with sportswriter Stephan Fatsis about the U.S. women's soccer team. The team is favored to win the 2011 Women's World Cup next summer in Germany ... if it qualifies for the tournament.
The Dirty Truth About That Other Jersey Shore
NPR producer Art Silverman uncovers New Jersey's filthy situation: the Passaic River. U.S. manufacturing was jump-started along its banks. Now the river is so toxic, part of it is a superfund site, and much of the rest is, as one writer puts it, "a toilet."
Say What? Voice Recognition Apps, Maps And Traps
Advances in voice recognition technology are making it more fun, and productive, to talk to your computer. The technology, which has migrated to a number of free apps, can give our fingers and hands some much needed rest. But it's still not perfect.
Letters: Comments On Palin Comments
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listener reaction to listener COMMENTS about our coverage earlier this week of Bristol Palin's survival on the ABC show, Dancing With the Stars.
Bernanke Threatens China Over Currency Rates
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the Fed's recent actions Friday by pointing a finger back at China and its currency and exchange-rate policies. Bernanke accused China and other countries of deliberately undervaluing their currencies and said that such policies get in the way of "balanced and sustainable growth" in the world economy.
Week In Politics: Bernanke, NATO Summit
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the news of the week.