Minneapolis report card: A+, needs improvement Minneapolis got what sounded like a glowing report card today. A poll finds that 96 percent of its residents are satisfied with city services. Despite the high marks, the city could be doing better.3:50 p.m.
The Cube Critics make their Oscar picks for acting Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis welcome Pioneer Press film critic Chris Hewitt to discuss the Oscar nominations for best actor, actress and supporting actor in this week's Cube Critics.3:53 p.m.
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.4:45 p.m.
Minneapolis report card: A+, needs improvement Minneapolis got what sounded like a glowing report card today. A poll finds that 96 percent of its residents are satisfied with city services. Despite the high marks, the city could be doing better.5:55 p.m.
The Cube Critics make their Oscar picks for acting Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis welcome Pioneer Press film critic Chris Hewitt to discuss the Oscar nominations for best actor, actress and supporting actor in this week's Cube Critics.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Today's Developments In Syria All Things Considered interviewed a journalist working in Syria. We are not posting audio or a transcript from the interview out of consideration for the reporter's safety.
Sahara Attack Revives A Fear Of Renewed Terrorism In Algeria
Algerians received a double blow when an oil and gas plant was taken over in the desert last month. Algerians thought those kinds of attacks were a thing of the past, and many were angry when Western countries criticized the way Algeria's security forces responded.
Winter Storm Hits Plains; Kansas Struck By 'Thundersnow'
On Thursday, residents of parts of Kansas heard thunder and saw lightning as heavy snow fell. Laura Lorson of Kansas Public Radio describes the storm, while meteorologist Lee Grenci of the blog Weather Underground tells us that thundersnow is not rare. He points out that it just means that the snowflakes that always occur in the upper atmosphere during a storm reach the ground.
Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say
Emergency contraceptives like Plan B and ella are effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Claims that the pills are tantamount to abortion, however, aren't supported by science, say researchers. The only way the drugs work is by stopping a woman's body from ovulating.
'Open Heart' Follows Plight Of Ill African Children
Rheumatic heart disease, the No. 1 killer of American children a hundred years ago, is largely gone in this country now. But it's still wreaking havoc in Africa despite the fact it's preventable with antibiotics. Filmmaker Kief Davidson, in his film Open Heart, tells the story of eight Rwandan children who need life-saving cardiac surgery, and the one hospital that can help them. Audie Cornish speaks with Davidson about his Oscar-nominated short documentary.
Man's Ashes Take Trip Across The Country
Washington state resident Kevin O'Grady always wanted to take a trip to the eastern U.S. Courtesy of a mailing mishap, he got it — posthumously. After recently passing away, his ashes accidentally traveled across the country to many of the places that he wanted to visit.
Native American Tribes Venture Out Of Casino Business
As concerns grow over competition to Indian gambling, many tribal nations are putting casino profits into other business ventures. Native American tribes say diversifying their business is the only way to make sure they have a future.
CNBC Adopts Tougher Tactic In Booking Wars
CNBC is far and away the ratings leader in the financial cable news business — and its executives, producers and reporters are working hard to keep it that way. They're telling some guests they can't appear on rival channels amid breaking news.