Does the Midwest matter in Copenhagen? MPR's Steven John talks with Rolf Nordstrom, executive director of the Minneapolis-based Great Plains Institute, about why the Midwest is so politically important to climate change policy. Nortstrom says Minnesota is well-poised to be a leader in creating and using sustainable energy. He's attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.4:44 p.m.
Does the Midwest matter in Copenhagen? MPR's Steven John talks with Rolf Nordstrom, executive director of the Minneapolis-based Great Plains Institute, about why the Midwest is so politically important to climate change policy. Nortstrom says Minnesota is well-poised to be a leader in creating and using sustainable energy. He's attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.4:50 p.m.
Found Footage guys find more footage Former Twin Citians Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett spend their days combing through old VHS tapes found in thrift stores, garage sales, and even dumpsters. They use them to create "The Found Footage Festival."4:54 p.m.
Preparing for the season's first snow emergency Temeratures will be dangerously low tonight, with sub-zero highs across the state overnight, and the falling temps coupled with the snow cover from this week's storm could make for a knuckle-whitening commute.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Saudi Arabia Tries To Stall Global Emissions Limits
Saudi Arabia's strategy on climate change has long been to deny the science, a tactic it is using at the U.N. summit in Copenhagen. Saudis fear that reducing emissions will reduce oil exports and be catastrophic for their economy.
Scientists Help Ranchers Wrangle Carbon Emissions
Researchers in Marin County, Calif., are experimenting with ways to get plants to absorb more carbon emissions. So far, their plan seems to be working — the grass in the experiment plots is capturing 50 percent more carbon from the air than grass in the untouched plots. But, researchers still need to measure what the net carbon uptake is.
'Black Book' Captures African-American Experience
The book, which was first published in 1974, was like a scrapbook, featuring photos of lynchings, ads for the sale of Negroes and images of soldiers who helped break the color barrier. Toni Morrison says that at the time, African-Americans yearned for a closer examination of their history, even though it was a painful one.
Mueller's Nobel-Winning Memories Of A Small Town
Romanian novelist Herta Mueller was awarded the 2009 literature prize for her depictions of "the landscape of the dispossessed." Her first novel, Nadirs, has just been reissued. Critic Alan Cheuse has a review.
A Cheap-Wine Index Keeps Hiring On Hold
Market watchers look to their favorite indicators to signal when the economy is turning around — things like GDP, productivity or the consumer price index. But for a Massachusetts liquor store, it's when customers stop buying inexpensive wines.
Gift Ideas: Tools For The Dedicated Baker
Dorie Greenspan, the author of Baking: From My Home To Yours, suggests — among other things — a rolling pin made of nylon, cookie scoops and a cake plate for your favorite baker to show off sweet creations.
President Obama Accepts Peace Prize
President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday, saying he was at the beginning of his work on the world stage. He also refused to renounce war, saying he is obliged to protect and defend the U.S.
Reaction To Obama's Nobel Speech
In his speech Thursday in Oslo while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama refused to renounce war, saying he was obliged to protect and defend the United States. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Howard Fineman, chief political correspondent for Newsweek and author of The Thirteen American Arguments, offer their insight.
Five Americans Arrested In Pakistan
FBI agents are interviewing five young Muslim-American men being held in Pakistan. They suspect the men may have been trying to join forces fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
For Stephanopoulos, It's Officially 'Good Morning'
The This Week host will take Diane Sawyer's old seat on ABC's Good Morning America, the network confirmed Thursday. The move is yet another remarkable transformation for George Stephanopoulos, a one-time political strategist and heartthrob who overcame his partisan ties to become a respected political journalist.