Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:44 p.m.
Dayton says administration is 'dedicated' to Medicaid expansion Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that the state will accelerate efforts to enroll 95,000 low-income Minnesotans into the federal Medicaid program by March 1. He said his administration is "dedicated to carrying out" the plan on a short timeline.5:20 p.m.
Sidney Wolfe on medical device regulations The FDA has asked a national panel of scientists to determine how the agency might allow new medical devices on the market more quickly.
Medical device companies -- including Minnesota companies like Medtronic -- have raised issues about FDA oversight.5:50 p.m.
White House Urged To Take Action On ATF Vacancy
The shootings in Tucson have focused attention on the nation's gun laws. But for years, the agency charged with enforcing those laws has been languishing. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent leader since 2006.
The Rehabilitation Challenges Facing Rep. Giffords
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to be moved to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston as early as Friday, less than two weeks after she was shot in the head. To get a sense of Giffords' rehabilitation to come, host Melissa Block speaks to Dr. Jonathan Fellus, director of brain injury services at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey.
As Detroit Woos Hollywood, Opposition Mounts
Multimillion-dollar tax credits have attracted more than 100 film and TV productions to Michigan. But, Gov. Rick Snyder's latest proposal to levy a flat business tax in the state may dissuade Hollywood's interest.
Proposed University Merger Riles New Orleans
Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is considering a move to merge two struggling universities there — historically black Southern University at New Orleans and the largely white University of New Orleans. For more on what the move would mean for the city of New Orleans, and for the nationwide network of historically black colleges and universities, host Robert Siegel speaks to Katie Mangan, national correspondent for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
More Delays Plague Opening Of Afghan Parliament
President Hamid Karzai has put off seating Afghanistan's new parliament for at least a month, angering many. Now, Afghans are asking if it's time to move ahead despite a flawed election, or let the dispute drag on. Meanwhile, Karzai is in a position to rule by decree.
Study Examines Mental Health Screenings Of Soldiers
A new study found that when soldiers were screened for mental health problems before they deployed to Iraq, their units experienced far fewer problems than units that didn't get screening. For more, host Robert Siegel speaks to Dr. George Appenzeller, a co-author of the study.
Christians Flock To South Sudan, Fear Future In North
The government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has talked about creating an Islamic state governed by Shariah law — if the ongoing referendum splits Sudan in two. This has many among the millions of Christians living in north Sudan fearing for their future.
Wilfrid Sheed, Writer Of Wit And Faith, Dies At 80
Sheed, author of a wide range of books, novels and nonfiction died this week. NPR reviewer Alan Cheuse first met Sheed in Spain in 1962. "At darts, or at the beach, or at the village cafe, Bill, with his wit and knowledge, always made us laugh," Cheuse recalls.
Letters: A Clarification; Lego Stadium
We clarify the role of translators vs. interpreters; and listeners weigh in on our conversation with Paul Janssen, who built a replica of Ohio State's famous stadium out of 1 million Lego pieces. Hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read e-mails from our listeners.