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.
Farm income in Minnesota dropped sharply in 2009 Minnesota farmers took a financial bruising last year after posting some of the highest income levels ever in 2008. Farm income in the state fell to an eight-year low in 2009, down by almost two-thirds from the previous year. That stress is showing up in farmhouses across the state.5:24 p.m.
Obama Insists He Is Committed To NASA Mission
President Obama tried to assure the space community in Cape Canaveral on Thursday that despite program shifts and layoffs, U.S. adventures in space will continue. NPR's Scott Horsley speaks with Robert Siegel from Florida.
Tea Party Protesters Criticize Obama's Space Plan
Tea party activists demonstrated outside the Kennedy Center on Thursday while President Obama addressed NASA workers. The protesters accused the president of not providing NASA with a clear direction and a specific mission.
Russian Boy's Return Casts Pall Over Adoptions
The Russian Foreign Ministry has threatened to end American adoptions over the case of the 7-year-old boy adopted from Russia and then sent back last week. The U.S. State Department says there has not been a formal suspension of adoptions by the Russian government. Michele Norris talks with Cory Barron, the outreach and development director at Children's Hope International, an adoption agency in St Louis, about how it will proceed in these murky waters.
Multitasking Brain Divides And Conquers, To A Point
A new study finds that when handling two tasks, the brain is able to divide the workload and get both done. The right and left sides of the frontal lobe each focus on a different task. But if a third task is thrown into the mix, people lose track of one of the first activities. They start working much more slowly and making mistakes.
'Fireball' Lights Up Midwest Sky
Wednesday night, a bright light shot across the Midwestern sky. Reports of a fireball were called into police departments in several states. The incident coincided with a meteor shower, but it could have also been a comet or space junk. To find out what it was, Robert Siegel talks with Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.
Unintended Consequences Of Credit Card Act
Under the new so-called Card Act, credit card companies will have a harder time raising or imposing fees. But some consumer advocates worry the law will have unintended side effects. John Ulzheimer, a credit expert with Credit.com, talks with Michele Norris about these concerns.
Fed Speak Hard To Decipher
The role that the Federal Reserve played in the 2008 financial crisis continues to be hotly debated. Last week, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said the central bank wasn't in a position to police the housing market. But in a recent interview with NPR, the chairman of the New York Fed said something slightly different — and in the typically close-mouthed world of the Fed, slightly different can mean a lot.
Los Angeles Salutes Officer Killed In Afghanistan
Sgt. Major Robert Cottle, a 27-year Marine veteran killed in Afghanistan in late March, was a high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officer. Cottle was the first LAPD officer to be killed in the war, and his death struck a nerve for many. His flag-draped coffin was pulled through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Argentine Director At Home In New York
Argentine filmmaker Juan Jose Campanella directed one of the most acclaimed Latin American films, The Secret in Their Eyes, which won best foreign film at this year's Oscars. Campanella calls New York home and when he's not busy writing and directing in Spanish, he's directing episodes of House, Law and Order and 30 Rock. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Campanella.
Volcano In Iceland Disrupts Air Travel
Ash from a volcano erupting in Iceland has forced the closure of airports in Britain and across northern Europe. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, trans-Atlantic travel is severely disrupted and thousands of passengers have been left stranded. Civil aviation authorities in Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia have closed their airspace, concerned that the volcanic ash could damage jet engines.