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.
Job fairs are good politics, but unlikely to lead to work National unemployment figures are still high and with an upcoming election, members of Congress are organizing job fairs back in their home districts. While these fairs might make good politics, they don't often lead to jobs.4:54 p.m.
Movement at Capitol, as deadline nears Developments at the Capitol today signal the end of the legislative session may be in sight. GOP legislators abandoned their alternate football stadium plan and lawmakers will vote Monday on the original bill. They are also poised to vote on a $476 million bonding bill, send DFL Gov. Mark Dayton a tax bill, and then wrap up the 2012 session sometime early next week.5:20 p.m.
GOP leaders call Monday vote on original stadium plan Republican legislative leaders say they're ready to take up the Vikings stadium bill Monday in the House, after saying Thursday their last-minute alternative failed to clear legal and financial hurdles.5:24 p.m.
In Turn, Chinese Activist Wants To Leave Country
U.S. officials in China say it's now clear that the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has changed his mind about remaining in China. They say they have spoken to Chen by phone on two occasions at the hospital where he was taken after leaving the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Wednesday. Chen told NPR that threats against his family and reports of an increased security measures in his home village made him change his mind about staying in China.
Former Ambassador Weighs In On Chen Guangcheng
Robert Siegel talks to former Senator and Ambassador James Sasser about the situation involving Chen Guangcheng and the implications for the U.S. government. Sasser was U.S. Ambassador to China from 1995 to 1999. He is currently a vice-chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, which promotes cooperation between the two countries.
Staffer Testifies Against Edwards At Trial
Campaign finance law isn't the most titillating topic. But the trial of John Edwards over alleged violations has been anything dry. On Wednesday, Edwards daughter, Cate, fled the courtroom in tears after intimate details were revealed about her parents' marital discord. Audie Cornish talks legal strategy with attorney and legal analyst Hampton Dellinger.
Do Campaign Ads Seem More Negative This Year? It's Not Just You
A new analysis of TV ads so far this election cycle finds that 70 percent of the messages have been negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.
In Utah, GOP House Candidate Out To Make History
A small-town mayor in Utah is trying to make congressional history. Mia Love wants to become the first black Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has her party's nomination, and if elected, vows to bring conservative principles to the Congressional Black Caucus.
Diplomats Up Efforts To Avert War Between Sudans
Critical, unresolved quarrels over issues such as oil and borders have led the two Sudans to the brink of war. A U.N. Security Council resolution gives the nations until Friday to stop fighting — or face possible sanctions. Then, they have two weeks to begin negotiating a way out of their disputes.
Will French Election Mark A Reversal Of Austerity?
The possibility that French Socialist Francois Hollande may unseat President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's election is making waves. Hollande's promise to boost growth and job creation would mark a change from the fiscal austerity pact championed by Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel.
'What's Going On': A New Generation Answers
As part of a project commemorating Marvin Gaye's breakthrough protest album What's Going On, Youth Radio producer Brandon McFarland was asked to remix Gaye's raw tracks with lyrics and contributions from Oakland-area youths.
Portrait Of Bin Laden Emerges In Released Papers
On Thursday, the Army's Combating Terrorism Center at West Point released nearly 200 pages of documents that had been taken from Osama bin Laden's hideaway in Pakistan. The documents were seized by Navy SEALs the night bin Laden was killed. The U.S. government turned a small sample over to the West Point center for analysis. The documents offer a glimpse of bin Laden trying to run al-Qaida while in hiding. Dina Temple-Raston speaks with host Audie Cornish about what the papers reveal about bin Laden.