Minnesota Opera has a devil of a good time with 'Faust' The Minnesota Opera goes to the devil this weekend for its production of "Faust." In its heyday, Faust was the most popular opera in the world. Minnesota Opera staff say they hope to reveal its modern message through dance.4:53 p.m.
Minnesota unemployment rises to 6.9 percent Minnesota continued to shed thousands of jobs in December, pushing the unemployment rate to 6.9 percent. But, some sectors are still adding jobs. Those were some of the headlines today from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, which released its latest jobs report Thursday.5:20 p.m.
Were votes counted twice? Maybe Minneapolis election judges may be asked to take the stand in Minnesota's U.S. Senate election contest. But many election judges say it's hard to remember what seemed like minor details from a hectic day two months ago.5:24 p.m.
A popular presidency: bad for democracy? Dana Nelson's book, "Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People" (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) argues that Americans are too inclined to "super-size" the presidency. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann talks to Nelson about how Barack Obama fits the trend towards increasingly-powerful presidents and what Americans can do to take democracy back from the executive branch.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Saving Folk History, One Recording At A Time
A small group of musicians is trying to preserve American folk music. These players aren't professional archivists or producers; their old, rare cassette and reel-to-reel tapes are scattered across the country. Members of the Field Recorders' Collective want to introduce these recordings to a new generation of musicians online.
U.S. Envoy Leaves Iraq With Message Of Caution
Ryan Crocker, the outgoing American ambassador to Iraq, warns that a quick U.S. withdrawal could "run severe risks." Iraq is more stable now than before, he says, but it still needs U.S. security support. He also notes that 2009 will be a key year as Iraq holds elections.
More Bad News For Housing Sector
New data suggest the housing crisis is far from over. The number of homes breaking ground last year was at its lowest level in 50 years. The Federal Housing Finance Agency shows prices are dropping rapidly and a survey of builders released Wednesday shows there is no optimism there, either.
Questions Remain Despite Obama's Gitmo Order
The president ordered the facility closed within a year, but the new administration doesn't know what to do with detainees there, nor with suspected terrorists detained in the future. He also banned harsh interrogation techniques "for now," leaving the door open for further review.
Obama's Guantanamo Order Examined
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and what remains of the secret CIA prisons. John Bellinger, former legal adviser to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, offers his insight.
Freedom Of Information Isn't Just For Journalists
As part of his promise to increase transparency in government, President Obama instructed federal agencies Wednesday to be more responsive to Freedom of Information requests. Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, says the law affects Americans in all walks of life in real, tangible ways.
Peanut Recall Widens In Salmonella Outbreak
More than 125 products containing ground-up roasted peanuts have been recalled after peanuts were linked to a salmonella outbreak. Officials recount how they traced the source of the outbreak to a plant in Blakely, Ga.
Merrill's Thain Out At Bank Of America
John Thain is out at Bank of America. Thain was CEO at Merrill Lynch last fall when it came under great pressure from nervous investors. Over 48 hours, he brokered an emergency deal with Bank of America that kept Merrill from being forced into bankruptcy.
New White House Spokesman Takes Podium
The man who will often be the public face of the Obama administration had his first White House news conference Thursday. Robert Gibbs explained the president's order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. He also talked about taking fast action on the economy, and about the first family's adjustment to their new digs.
Accounts Differ On Why Kennedy Dropped Out
New York Gov. David Paterson's camp says problems involving taxes and a household employee derailed Caroline Kennedy's bid to fill the vacant Senate seat, while her camp says the issue was a personal matter. Her decision to withdraw leaves a full field of contenders for the job.