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.
Musicians pick their must-see TC Jazz Fest shows When the Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets underway on Thursday, some of the region's finest musicians will have a much-deserved chance to share their art with a broad audience. Who do Twin Cities jazz musicians want to see?5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Equality, Human Rights The Themes Of Obama's Africa Tour
President Obama began his trip to Africa in Senegal. On Thursday, he met with Senegalese President Macky Sall and toured Goree Island. The UNESCO site was once a point for the Atlantic slave trade and today serves as a place of pilgrimage.
World Watches As Nelson Mandela Remains Hospitalized
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president revered around the world, remains in a Pretoria hospital. His condition has improved slightly — though still critical, he is now "stable." His family is near, some of them angered by the army of reporters who have gathered near the hospital. President Obama, on a three country tour of Africa, arrives in South Africa on Friday.
Composting On The Way Up In New York City High-Rises
This summer, New York City is expanding food waste recycling into more neighborhoods, with an eye toward eventually making the program mandatory. Officials are hoping the changes will help improve on the city's dismal recycling rate, which remains stuck at 15 percent.
Former N.J. Governor Corzine Faces Federal Civil Charges
Federal regulators filed a lawsuit Thursday against MF Global and two of its former top officers, including CEO Jon Corzine. Corzine is a former U.S. Senator and former governor of New Jersey. The suit alleges that in October of 2011, MF Global illegally used up to $1 billion in customer funds to cover the firm's cash needs. MF Global has settled and will provide restitution. CFTC enforcement officials said the case against Corzine is being pursued.
Kid Rock Takes On The Scalpers
Kid Rock says he's "tired of seeing the old rich guy in the front row with the hot girlfriend." For his latest tour, he's got a plan to get more of his tickets into the hands of true fans.
Farmers Twisting In The Wind Without New Farm Bill
It's wheat harvest season in Kansas, but also a busy time for federal Farm Service Agency workers there who are up against a deadline to figure a controversial subsidy called "direct payments". The farm bill governs almost all agricultural policy, and has direct bearing on both those endeavors. It would modify crop insurance subsidies and end direct payments. But there is no farm bill. The House has failed two years running to pass one, leaving farmers in limbo. Fortunately for farmers, it's a position they've grown quite accustomed to.
What The Rise Of Cage-Free Eggs Means For Chickens
Promises from big food companies to switch to "cage-free" eggs have set off a supply chain reaction among egg producers. Some producers are adding more cage-free houses to their operations. But scientists are still trying to measure whether cage-free chickens are really better off.
Aaron Hernandez Tied To Second Murder Investigation
Aaron Hernandez, the former tight end for the New England Patriots, was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Now he's being investigated in connection with a double murder last year. Robert Siegel talks to Pat Forde, national college columnist for Yahoo Sports.
Summer Adventure: 5 Thrilling, Chilling, Far-Ranging Reads
Book reviewer Alan Cheuse picks five exciting summer reads, ranging from short stories of grim Irish mayhem to a North Carolina lynching and a corpse in an iceberg, to Southern California cocaine capers and a pure-trash adventure starring U.S. special forces and a world-threatening comet.