St. Vincent performs in the Current studio Singer/multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark said she came up with the name St. Vincent to put no limitations on what she could do. She said with a name like St. Vincent, the band could be "expandable and could include other people and really be a whole entity."4:20 p.m.
No compromises yet in Minn. budget negotiations There's still no overall budget agreement at the Capitol, but Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate say they still plan to pass all their remaining budget bills by Wednesday night, and send them to Gov. Tim Pawlenty.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Kabul Pays Family Of Civilians Killed In U.S. Airstrike
In a remote corner of western Afghanistan, a team of high-ranking Afghan officials is making reparation payments to survivors of a U.S. airstrike last week. The official death toll, disputed by the U.S. military, is 140 civilians and 25 Taliban fighters.
Expert: McChrystal, Petraeus Share Afghan View
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has replaced the top general in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, with Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Andrew Exum, a fellow with the Center for a New American Security who served under McChrystal in Iraq and Afghanistan, offers his insight.
To Keep Your Brain Nimble As You Age, Stretch It
Challenging your brain with mental exercises can improve your intelligence over the years and help stave off the dementia that comes with old age, says psychiatrist and author Richard Restak. He offers up a workout regimen to keep your brain fit.
Soft Market, New Tech Could Narrow Cable Ad Gap
Cable TV shows earn less from advertising than their broadcast brethren, even if the shows have the same ratings. But the gap may be slowly shrinking, and cable providers are looking to the weakening ad market — and new technologies — to make it happen even faster.
Amid Declining Ad Sales, PSAs Emerge As Winners
The economic slowdown has forced companies to hold back on their advertising. Media companies that aren't able to sell their commercial time are increasingly filling the holes with public service advertisements.
Marijuana Farms Take Root In National Parks
Marijuana is one of America's biggest cash crops, and growers have brazenly moved pot farms onto public lands and national parks. Rangers and other officials now patrol the land in search of these farms, many of which are run by networks with connections in Mexico.
Texas Case May Spur Drug Money Rule Change
The NPR series Dirty Money revealed how some police agencies abuse a law that allows them to confiscate suspected drug money. The problems continue, but in Texas that might be about to change. A police scandal has added urgency to reform efforts in the statehouse.
Why Are Meteorites So Expensive?
Some very pricey chunks of space rock are among the objects for sale at a Dallas auction house this weekend. A 5-pound piece of a meteorite that famously crashed through the roof of a house in Park Forest, Ill., in 2003 is expected to fetch more than $50,000. David Herskowitz, director of the natural history section at Heritage Auctions, talks about the art of pricing such items.
St. Vincent's 'Actor' A Surreal Sonic Wonderland
St. Vincent's Annie Clark started work on her new album, Actor, with a simple goal: to break out of the songwriting patterns she'd developed over years of writing on the guitar and piano. The result conjures '60s girl-group harmonies and the whimsical sounds of Disney animated films.
Economy Takes Toll On Medicare, Social Security
The 2009 Social Security and Medicare Trustees report released Tuesday showed the funds will be exhausted a couple of years sooner than was reported last year. That's largely because high unemployment rates mean a lower level of payroll tax receipts being paid in to both programs. On the other hand, compared to what's happened to many private retirement accounts, Social Security is looking pretty healthy.