Why Minnesota's use of open textbooks may increase Student representatives for the state's colleges and universities have been pushing for cheaper alternatives to textbooks, and they're hoping they'll gain some ground now that they have backing from the state Legislature.4:49 p.m.
As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash'
In the past three years, Midwestern farmers have seen flooding, then record-setting drought, and now flooding again. "As much as we think we have things cornered and we know what's going to be happening, you just don't know what will happen," a meteorologist says.
A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage
Composer Mark Adamo has made his mark turning classic books, including Little Women and the Greek drama Lysistrata, into operas. His latest, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, covers more sensitive territory, examining the titular figure's relationship to Jesus — outside the canonical Bible.
The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'
Singer Matt Berninger and NPR's Audie Cornish discuss the band's new album (Trouble Will Find Me), being in a band of brothers, how his own brother inspired "I Should Live in Salt," and his own sheepish attitude toward the band's recent success.
Prisoner And Politician, Bulger Brothers Led Different Lives
Audie Cornish talks to WBUR senior reporter David Boeri for a look at the complex relationship between notorious Boston gangster, James "Whitey" Bulger and his brother, former politician and University of Massachusetts President William Bulger.
After Obama's Speech, Guantanamo Shows Few Signs Of Closing
President Obama has promised again to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But since he delivered a major speech two weeks ago, there's been little follow-up and few signs that any detainees are closer to being released.
Bob Dylan's Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture
Fifty years ago, Dylan's career was just taking off when he heard the news that the civil rights activist had been killed. "Only a Pawn in Their Game," his response to Evers' assassination, highlights the victimization of poor whites and blacks alike.
'Now What?': Greeks Confront Shutting Of Public Broadcaster
The Greek government abruptly shut down ERT and fired its staff in an effort to downsize the public sector, which has been criticized as a bastion of corruption and bloat. But many Greeks see the rushed closure as a dictatorial move that will compromise the country's troubled media.