Politics and positioning in Smithsonian debate MPR's Steven John talks to Marianne Combs about the directors of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art's move to show a controversial video pulled from the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.4:45 p.m.
Chris Osgood on First Avenue's 40th anniversary The Twin Cities landmark music venue First Avenue is 40 years old.
Since opening its doors in December 1970, the former downtown Minneapolis bus depot has hosted some of the biggest names in rock and roll.5:52 p.m.
Census data sheds new light on poverty The most recent data from the American Community Survey shows 7 cities in Minnesota with poverty rates exceeding 20 percent. Midmorning looks at the growth, and the changing face, of poverty in Minnesota and across the nation.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
John Hammond: The Ear Of An Oracle
Most great talent scouts reign for about a generation, if they're lucky, but John Hammond dominated four generations. From Billie Holiday and Benny Goodman to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Hammond was pivotal in the discovery of some of the 20th century's most important musical figures.
Shelby Lynne And Allison Moorer: Musical Sisters
Lynne and Moorer are sisters with long, acclaimed solo careers, but they've long kept their musical lives separate. For the first time, the two performed a few intimate shows on the road together this fall.
Retired Executive Helps Inmates Stay Out Of Jail
Six years ago, retired cosmetics executive Mark Goldsmith got involved in a nonprofit that encourages New York civic leaders to volunteer in schools. But instead of going to a school, he went to a prison. Now Goldsmith runs a nonprofit that helps inmates at Rikers Island prison ace job interviews -- and go after their dreams.
Military, CIA Offer Competing Views On Afghanistan
The president is set to release an evaluation of his administration's war strategy for Afghanistan. While the administration is expected to conclude that its counterinsurgency strategy is working, there are signs of differences between the military and the intelligence community. Two reports -- National Intelligence Estimates -- are said to be more pessimistic about the mission.
Clinton Proposes Revamp Of Diplomacy, Development
The budget may be tight, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to put diplomacy and development on par with defense. She's proposing to reorganize the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, hoping to triple mid-level officials, rely less on contractors and focus more on, among other things, conflict prevention, food security and women's issues.
Speculation Flies Over Holbrooke's Last Words
Head-scratching ensued this week at reports of the last words from Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Initial interpretations were that he'd pleaded for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, a State Department spokesman took pains to clarify just what was said just before Holbrooke went into surgery for a torn aorta. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Joe Klein, a senior writer and columnist for Time magazine, who was a longtime friend of Holbrooke.
Yale Returns Machu Picchu Artifacts To Peru
After nearly 100 years, a collection of antiquities from the Inca site of Machu Picchu is going home. The artifacts have been at the center of a long and bitter custody battle between the government of Peru and Yale University.
Obama, CEOs Discuss Ways To Spur Growth
President Obama met with a group of the nation's top business leaders on Wednesday, hoping to mend fences with a constituency he's been at odds with. Now, the president wants to work with the business community to boost employment and economic growth.