Minneapolis asks residents to help clear snow Minneapolis city officials are asking the public to help clear snow at intersections. Minneapolis public works spokesman Mike Kennedy says the city's snow removal budget for this year is spent.4:53 p.m.
Census: English becoming less common in Minn. homes In cities and towns across the state, more and more people are speaking a language other than English at home, according to new data. "I want for them to be bilingual," Maria Posada of Rochester said of her children.5:16 p.m.
The Dinner Party Download featuring Christian Lander This week on the Dinner Party Download, David Hidalgo of Grammy-nominated band Los Lobos leads us to a punchline, KPCC's Patt Morrison tells us how the California prison system discovered Festivus isn't kosher, and "Stuff White People Like" creator Christian Lander.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Week In Politics: Tax Cuts
Melissa Block 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 tax cut package President Obama signed into law.
A Final Lesson On The Meaning Of Christmas (Carols)
For 24 years, William Studwell, a retired professor, chose a Christmas "Carol of the Year" to highlight to newspapers, radio newsrooms and TV stations across the country. Though he died in August, Studwell left notes to elucidate his 25th -- and final -- selection, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."
The Secret Plan To Fix The Dollar
We go inside the secret plan to save the U.S. from a rising Asian rival -- 25 years ago. And we explain why it wouldn't work today.
Free Shipping Promotion Entices Last-Minute Santas
It's "Free Shipping Day," a day when more than 1,700 businesses are offering free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve. Many well-known businesses and online retailers are taking part, but so too are many small businesses. Melissa Block talks with Jean Schilling, owner of Kaleidoscopes to You, about why her company is participating in the promotion.
Top Diplomat's Ouster Hints At Political Battle In Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's abrupt sacking of his foreign minister this week -- and his move to replace the career diplomat with a nuclear scientist -- sparked a new debate about Iran's nuclear intentions. It also shed light on the infighting among Iran's conservative factions.
Thai Riots Sign Of Simmering Political Tensions
Thailand's government says that by year's end, it will lift the state of emergency in the capital and other areas affected by anti-government rioting in April and May that left 91 dead and injured 1,900. But this by no means signals the end of political tumult.
For 'Yogi Bear' Parodist, A Suitable Penance?
The animated kids' comedy Yogi Bear opens tonight, and the critics' reviews have been brutal. They weren't as rough on the film, though, as the parodic "alternate ending" that set the Internet on fire earlier this week. It involved a shotgun; NPR's Robert Siegel talks to animator Edmund Earle about the recoil.
Senate Sets Vote For 'Don't Ask' Repeal
The Senate plans to take a key procedural vote Saturday on repealing "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military. Democrats appear to have at least the 60 votes needed to move the bill along. Andrea Seabrook