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.
Coal power plants under cost, environmental pressure Inside the Taconite Harbor Energy Center along Lake Superior's North Shore, three turbines the size of train engines crank out 225 megawatts of electricity. That's enough for all of Duluth and Superior, Wis.4:50 p.m.
Penumbra's Bellamy: Time is right to put on 'Amen Corner' Penumbra Theater Artistic Director Lou Bellamy has wanted to stage James Baldwin's play "The Amen Corner" for 30 years. However he believes it's only now he has found the right way to present Baldwin's story of family and religion -- in part because of leading lady Greta Oglesby.5:53 p.m.
Battle Over Next Year's Budget Begins On Capitol Hill
On Thursday afternoon the House approved a package of billions of dollars in domestic program spending cuts, designed to prevent military spending cuts that would otherwise take effect in January under so-called "sequestration."
Obama Lures Donors With A Hollywood Sweepstakes
President Obama is attending a fundraiser at the California home of actor George Clooney, along with about 150 guests. Almost anyone can attend, if they pony up $40,000. But for a few sweepstakes winners, the price of admission is about $3. It's the latest innovation in political fundraising.
Gay Marriage Support Rose Drastically In Eight Years
Wednesday's comments from President Barack Obama in support of gay marriage are in line with about 50 percent of Americans. However, that was not the case even just 8 years ago. For more on the how and why American's attitudes have shifted on this issue Melissa Block talks with Nate Silver of The New York Times.
As Syrian Peace Plan Crumbles, What's Next?
Two deadly explosions on the outskirts of Damascus further undercut a peace plan for Syria. It's clear the current plan isn't working. But there's no consensus on what's the best alternative.
Why Was A Huge 'Rogue Earthquake' Not Destructive?
The massive magnitude 8.6 earthquake in April off the coast of Indonesia was felt from Bangladesh to Australia. But it caused little damage and no major tsunami. Seismologists studying the quake say it revealed some interesting features about how the Earth's tectonic plates move.
DOJ Sues Controversial Ariz. Sheriff Over Civil Rights
The Justice Department is suing Arizona's most controversial sheriff on civil rights violations. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being charged with racial profiling of motorists, mistreatment of inmates and retaliation against his critics.
'Where Do We Go?' Lebanese Women Pave The Way
A group of women are determined to stop their hotheaded men from starting a religious war in Where Do We Go Now?, a bittersweet comedy from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. The film has broken box office records in the Middle East.
Romney's Views On Gay Marriage: Also Evolving?
President Obama said his position on gay marriage "evolved" over time, and a case can be made that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's views on gay rights have changed as well. Though Romney says his position has been consistent; activists don't see it that way.