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.4:47 p.m.
Minn. ballot push spending comes down to semantics Campaign-style ads that discuss the pros or cons of gay marriage but don't specifically mention a 2012 vote on a Minnesota constitutional amendment will require less disclosure about who's financing them, a state board determined Thursday.4:52 p.m.
Ordway plans $75 million expansion Backers of a plan to build a new concert hall at the the St. Paul Ordway Theatre Center say they've raised $50 million for the project, and could break ground in the spring.5:51 p.m.
Yoko Ono on Lennon's death, 31 years ago today John Lennon was killed 31 years ago today. Jim McGuinn from The Current recently spoke with his widow Yoko Ono about her husband and a travelling show of Lennon's artwork that's currently in Edina.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Fast And Furious Questions For U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder faced scrutiny from the Republican-dominated House Judiciary Committee on Thursday regarding the "Fast and Furious" initiative meant to keep guns from reaching Mexican cartels. Holder denied misleading Congress when hundreds of weapons were found at border town crime scenes.
Grass Mattress Was A Stone Age Bed And Breakfast
Scientists have found what they say is the world's oldest bed: a 77,000-year-old grass and leaf mattress in a cave in South Africa. And the people who made it were crafty: Atop layers of sedge grass were leaves from a plant known to repel insects — key for living in buggy, dank caves.
White House Issues Plan To Fight Terrorism At Home
The White House released a plan Thursday that is meant to beef up the fight against homegrown terrorism in this country. The strategy depends on recruiting local partners who are better positioned to identify people who might be violent extremists in their communities. The plan is innovative. But it depends on training a roster of federal and local partners to recognize the signs of violent extremism — and it is precisely that training that has some experts concerned.
Report On U.K. Riots Looks At Possible Causes
In August, the fatal police shooting of a young black man in London set off four nights of rioting in many of England's largest cities. Stores were looted, neighborhoods destroyed and more than 4,000 were arrested. A team of researchers tasked with interviewing those who participated in the riots concluded that high tensions between the poor and England's police were largely to blame. Lynn Neary speaks with Paul Lewis of The Guardian newspaper about the findings.
EPA Connects 'Fracking' To Water Contamination
For the first time, a government study has tied contamination in drinking water to an advanced drilling technique commonly known as "fracking." EPA scientists found high levels of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing in the ground water of a small Wyoming town.
At Climate Talks, Frustration And Interruptions
Frustrated by what some see as U.S. foot-dragging on climate policy, an American college student interrupted U.S. envoy Todd Stern Thursday during his remarks at the climate conference in South Africa. Later, Stern emphasized that the U.S. has been working hard to advance global climate policy into the 21st century.
Romney Fires Back At Gingrich
The gloves are off in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich's surge to the front of the pack appears to have more staying power than any of the other challengers to Mitt Romney's standing as party favorite. And so, team Romney is firing back, for the first time, at a candidate other than President Obama.
Why Some Evangelicals Back Thrice-Wed Gingrich
The former House speaker, who cheated on his first two wives and was fined by Congress for ethical violations, is outperforming family man Mitt Romney among evangelical Republicans in key states. Says one influential Iowa conservative: "The centerpiece of our faith is forgiveness."
Apple, Publishing Houses Face Antitrust Probe
Lynn Neary speaks with Sarah Weinman, the news editor for Publishers Marketplace, about the antitrust probe of Apple and six publishing houses over the prices of e-books. It is being investigated by the Department of Justice and the European Commission.
Young Chess Champ Talks About The Game
Lynn Neary speaks with Awonder Liang and his father Yingming "Will" Liang. Awonder recently won the under-8 division at the Youth World Chess Championships, which were held this year in Brazil. Awonder says he used to play with his older brothers, but now he's too good for them and they hate to lose.