Reviewing the week at the Capitol
Governor Pawlenty has been busy signing -- and vetoeing -- bills after a frantic end to the legislative session. Minnesota Public Radio capitol reporter Tim Pugmire runs down which bills became law.5:20 p.m.
Movie looks at 'A Chorus Line' then and now One of Broadway's biggest hits "A Chorus Line" has entertained, and touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. Now a new documentary called "Every Little Step" examines both the roots of the show, and the realities of the thousands of dancers who tried out for the recent Broadway revival.5:23 p.m.
Shooting trial ends first week; city presents case next Throughout the week, a federal jury in St. Paul has been hearing sometimes gruesome testimony in a wrongful death suit against a Minneapolis police officer. The family of Fong Lee accuses Officer Jason Andersen of unjustifiably killing the 19-year-old in 2006. They also say the police planted a gun next to Lee's dead body.5:50 p.m.
Two charter schools work to preserve Ojibwe traditions One of the final bills approved by lawmakers this week includes $2 million to preserve Native languages in the state. Native language educators say the number of fluent tribal elders is declining and young people don't grow up speaking their language at home. Two Minnesota charter schools have joined the effort to preserve the Ojibwe language and culture.5:54 p.m.
Preserving Ojibwe culture MPR Reporter Ambar Espinoza visited the Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy, on the Mille Lacs Indian reservation, where students learn traditional Ojibwe language and cultural traditions5:58 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Decoding The Mystery Of Near-Death Experiences
Some researchers are exploring whether a mind can operate while the brain has stopped. One neuroscientist says that after a near-death experience, people's brains appear to undergo changes at the neural level.
Microbrews Pay Homage To New Jersey Turnpike
The New Jersey Turnpike may not seem inspirational at first glance. But the Jersey natives at the Flying Fish Brewing Co. have just embarked on a symbolic road trip to brew a unique beer for every exit.
'How Low Can You Go' Winner: Tomato Pie
Kathy Lloyd of Pittsfield, Mass., submitted this Tomato Pie recipe in NPR's "How Low Can You Go" family supper challenge. She says it was her favorite dish growing up and she always asked for it for her birthday. The key? Fresh tomatoes and the gooey crust.
Interrogation And National Security
This week, President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney faced off over interrogation methods and national security. What's the upshot? E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the week in politics with Michele Norris.
After A Pirate Negotiation, A Personal Connection
Shipping executive Per Gullestrup wanted to rescue a crew of sailors from pirates demanding a $7 million ransom. He ended up forging an unlikely business relationship with the negotiator, marked by mutual respect and the gift of three camel calves.
Obama Addresses Naval Academy Grads
In his commencement address to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Friday, President Barack Obama told graduating midshipmen that, as their commander in chief, he will send them into harm's way only "when it is absolutely necessary."
Biden's Beirut Trip Attracts Critics
Vice President Joe Biden is in Beirut just ahead of Lebanese parliamentary elections that may result in a government led by Hezbollah and its allies. Some are accusing Biden of interfering in Lebanon's domestic affairs.
Bradley Hagerty On Science And God
NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty spent a year exploring the science of spirituality for her book Fingerprints of God. She tells Michele Norris that she concluded that science can't prove or disprove the existence of God.
On The Job: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
Robert Gibbs is the chief spokesman for the White House under President Obama. When the press has questions, he's the one who has to answer them. Daily. Gibbs talks with Michele Norris about the job and how he prepared for it.
Obama Leans Toward 'Preventive Detention'
In his national security speech Thursday, President Obama said there may be a number of detainees at Guantanamo who cannot be prosecuted but nonetheless pose a threat and shouldn't be released.