Minn. political parties 'at a crossroads' 2012 will be an active political year in Minnesota, with races for president, U.S. Senate, the eight members of the U.S. House and all seats in the Minnesota Legislature to be decided in the November election. But a shifting political landscape could make it more difficult for the state's two major political parties to operate the same way they have in the past.5:20 p.m.
Iowa caucuses: One day to go Iowa Republicans will decide tomorrow who they want to be their presidential nominee, and all the candidates vying to win the Iowa caucuses criss-crossed the state making one last pitch for support.5:51 p.m.
Poem: 'An Ocean for Iowa' Minnesota poet Todd Boss has spent some time in Iowa recently. In the spirit of the holidays, he'd like to give the state a gift. Something big to distract it from politics for a while. How about...an ocean?5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Double-Blind Violin Test: Can You Pick The Strad?
Researchers presented a group of professional violinists with a set of violins and asked them to play and then determine — based on sound alone — which were made by the famed Italian violin-maker Stradivari and Guarneri. The results surprised everyone, including the pros themselves.
Police Make Arrest In Suspected Car Arsons
Police in Los Angeles on Monday made an arrest in connection with a string of arson fires that have left that city on edge. Most of the fires were set in parked cars, and some spread to carports, garages and apartments. All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks to reporter Sam Quinones, who is following the story for the Los Angeles Times.
Tutors Teach Seniors New High-Tech Tricks
Seniors who aren't tech savvy can find themselves increasingly isolated, even from their families, as more and more communication moves to the digital realm. Across the country, a number of programs are enlisting high school or college students to train seniors on Facebook, Skype and smartphones.
Driving And Phoning: What's New In 2012
States have long sought to restrict cellphone use by drivers because of safety concerns, and as the new year begins, several states are toughening their laws. It turns out it's a hard habit to break. And for government officials, it's not easy to stay ahead of tech advances.
How A Teen's Coerced Confession Set Her Free
In 2008, 16-year-old Nga Truong admitted to suffocating her infant son. She spent nearly three years awaiting trial for murder, until a videotape of her interrogation revealed that detectives had manipulated her in order to obtain a confession. Ultimately, that videotape helped set her free.
In Chris Brown's Big Year, Tough Questions On Abuse
The R&B singer is back only a few years after pleading guilty to felony assault for beating former girlfriend Rihanna. Views on the issue he brought to the forefront haven't changed much: Many teens find Rihanna at fault. But they're at a high risk of experiencing domestic abuse themselves.
What's In Store: 3 Tales Of A Terrifying Future
As society makes astonishing technological advances, some think our future looks brighter than ever. But author Drew Magary isn't getting his hopes up. He has three books that set the bar pretty low for what the next generations will experience.