Obama sees bipartisan 'season of progress' President Barack Obama celebrated a bipartisan
"season of progress' on Thursday at a year-end news conference a
few hours after the Senate ratified an arms control treaty with
Charitable giving holding steady in Minnesota
MPR's Tom Crann talks to Sarah Caruso, CEO of the Greater Twin Cities United Way about how Minnesota's charitable organizations are faring.4:53 p.m.
Outgoing Gov. Pawlenty is rooting for Republicans, not aiding transition for Gov-elect Dayton
Preview of Cathy Wurzer's Morning Edition interview with Gov. Tim Pawlenty.5:20 p.m.
Food safety bill passes with exemption for small farms The Food Safety Modernization Act passed by the U.S. House Tuesday strengthens government oversight of food processing facilities and farms, but a controversial part of the bill exempts small farms from most safety oversight.5:22 p.m.
Arms Control Challenges Remain After New START
The ratification of the nuclear arms treaty with Russia is literally just a start. President Obama has mapped out further steps to limit nuclear weapons, all in entirely new territory. Both the U.S. and Russia have thousands of additional nuclear weapons in categories that have never been subject to limits -- tactical nuclear weapons, non-deployed warheads that could be used in a crisis. Then there are the other nations that possess nuclear weapons, such as China, France and Britain, which have never been subject to arms control negotiations. These are just a few of the thorny issues that the Obama administration would like to see included in new arms control talks.
How Does A Country Reduce Its Nuclear Arms?
The new START treaty will require the United States and Russia to reduce each country's stockpile of long-range nuclear warheads by about 30 percent. It would also reduce the number of nuclear submarines, missiles and bombers each country can posses. So how does a country reduce its arms? NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with George Perkovich, director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about how the United States and Russia will reduce their nuclear weapons to comply with the treaty.
Redistricting In Ohio: A Primer
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Paul Beck, professor of political science at Ohio State University, about Ohio's loss of two congressional seats after the 2010 census. Ohio will go from having 18 seats to 16. Beck explains who's in charge of the process of downsizing and how it will work.
New York AG Sues Ernst And Young
This week, the attorney general of New York state sued the accounting firm Ernst and Young -- the same firm that audited Lehman Brothers. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Columbia law professor John Coffee about the suit.
Kiss Away: Harvesting Mistletoe From The Treetops
This time of year, we're used to seeing a sprig of mistletoe hanging from the doorway -- the inevitable invitation to a kiss. But we don't often think about how it got there. One hardy harvester in Tennessee collects it the old-fashioned way -- by climbing to the tops of trees.
Waterlogged California At Risk Of Mudslides
Southern California has been pounded by heavy rain. Flooding and potential mudslides are causing big problems for motorists and residents of threatened hillside neighborhoods.
States Dip Into Climate Funds To Shore Up Budgets
Two years ago, 10 northeast states set up a regional cap and trade program to reduce carbon emissions and promote conservation. The money raised was supposed to be used for green energy and environmental initiatives, but in an era of tight budgets, it has proved a tempting target for some state officials. Three of those states -- New York, New Hampshire and New Jersey -- have used some of the revenue from the initiative to shore up state budgets.
'Principia Mathematica' Celebrates 100 Years
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to math writer Julie Rehmeyer about the 100th anniversary of Principia Mathematica, a landmark work in mathematical logic. Written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell, it was their attempt to show that all of mathematics could be reduced to logic. Rehmeyer writes regular columns for Science News and Wired Magazine.
War Poetry, Inspired By A Husband's Service
Philadelphia poet Elyse Fenton recently won the University of Wales' Dylan Thomas Prize for her collection of war poetry inspired by her husband's service in Iraq. The prize is the largest given to an author under 30 years of age, and she is the first American and first poet to win the $47,000 award. Her husband served as an Army medic in Iraq. He struggles with the notion that he was her muse.