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.
Reports of layoffs at Boston Scientific no surprise to analysts Boston Scientific, which employs some 5,000 Minnesotans, is keeping mum about reports it's planning job cuts that could fall heavily in the state. But with some of the company's key businesses in the doldrums, analysts say job cuts would make sense.4:53 p.m.
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National Public Radio Stories
Obama: Gadhafi Should Leave Office
In a news conference today with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama said that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has "lost legitimacy" — and called on him to leave office.
Anti-Castro Uprising Unlikely In Unplugged Cuba
Social media sites have been powerful organizing tools in the Middle East, but they are of little use to the small opposition movement in Cuba, the least-connected country in the hemisphere. In addition, Cuban dissidents are divided and the government responds swiftly to any unsanctioned protest.
Comparing Hate Speech Laws In The U.S. And Abroad
We've reported this week on the anti-Semitic outburst by designer John Galliano in Paris. That outburst could cost him up to six months in prison and some $31,000 in fines if he's convicted. French law allows for the prosecution of "public insults" based on religion, race, ethnicity or national origin. Charles Asher Small — who founded the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism — joins host Melissa Block to talk about the many countries that have similar prohibitions on hate speech.
The Changing Face Of Organized Labor
Unions remain a major player in American politics, pouring money and manpower into elections and other public policy debates. But labor's numbers have been shrinking for decades. And while 50 years ago the typical union member was a blue-collar man, today, one of the nation's most powerful unions is made up of teachers.
NFL Labor Deadline Approaches
Host Michele Norris talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about Thursday's deadline for a new contract between the NFL and its players' union.
Egypt's Prime Minister Resigns
Egypt's Interim Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has resigned, meeting a key demand of pro-democracy protesters still rallying in the streets of Cairo. Shafiq — a former Air Force commander — was appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak. It was one of the president's last acts before he resigned from the presidency.
Some Egyptians Worry About Election Time Frame
Many Egyptians commend the country's military for wanting to relinquish political power sooner rather than later. But there are also concerns that six months may not be enough time for new political parties to get on their feet.
Funding Battle Puts Public Radio, TV On The Defense
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), the author of the bill that would eliminate the funding, says the Corporation for Public Broadcasting no longer needs to be subsidized. But such a move could damage many small stations that rely heavily on federal dollars.
Cake: Flying High After A Record Low
Lead singer and songwriter John McCrea talks about the California band's new album and the anxieties of earning a living as a touring musician.