Macalester and the decline of religion at liberal arts colleges As the Presbyterians convene this week in Minneapolis, one of their associated institutions in the Twin Cities won't have a huge role. Macalester College still has some connections to the church. But they've changed quite a bit over the college's history.4:44 p.m.
Changes ahead for ATM, debit card overdraft fees It's been standard practice for many banks to enroll customers in overdraft protection plans for ATM and debit card transactions. The plans allow customers to withdraw money even when their account is empty -- but charge them hefty fees. New rules going into effect in the next few weeks will give customers the power to decide if they want the protection.5:21 p.m.
BP's Operating Officer: 'We've Been Going Flat Out'
As BP continues to be criticized for the way it has responded to the Gulf oil spill, its chief operating officer is again making the case that the company is doing all it can. And, Doug Suttles tells NPR's Melissa Block, the entire oil industry and the government will learn valuable lessons from the disaster.
Small Businesses May Sink Under Drilling Hiatus
Lawyers for the Obama administration and the oil industry will be back in court Thursday in New Orleans to argue whether a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling is legal. Companies that supply food or ferry people to the rigs could be hurt if drilling is suspended.
Relationship Chills Between Teachers Unions, Obama
Notably absent from both national teachers unions' annual meetings this week are President Obama and his education secretary. According to the head of one of the unions, if the administration does not rethink its policies, it will be on a collision course with teachers and their unions.
Carole King, James Taylor: Together, 40 Years Later
The two legendary songwriters recently reunited for the Troubadour Tour, named for the club in Los Angeles where they first performed together in 1970. They've also released a live album recorded at the Troubadour's 50th anniversary show, in 2007.
Nursing The Nation's Oldest Grapevine Back To Health
The Mother Vine, considered the nation's oldest cultivated grapevine, is sick. In May, a contractor for the utility company Dominion Power sprayed the vine with a powerful herbicide. Melissa Block talks to John Wilson, whose family has been trying to nurse the Mother Vine back to health.
A King's Violin: From Italy To South Dakota
One of the world's leading collections of musical instruments is found not in New York or Los Angeles, but in a small college town on the Great Plains. And now the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D., has added a priceless violin, made for French royalty in the 16th century, to its remarkable collection.
Expanding Exports To Stimulate The Economy
President Obama is renewing his effort to double U.S. exports in the next five years. The initiative, which the president announced during his State of the Union address, is seen as a way to create jobs in the U.S. that aren't dependent on America's own overextended consumers.
A Look At This Year's Supreme Court Rulings
The Supreme Court concluded its term last week. Fewer than 20 percent of cases this term were decided by a 5-4 ruling; about half of them were 9-0. Two of the more controversial opinions issued were on gun rights and campaign finance. Melissa Block talks to attorney Tom Goldstein, who has been analyzing the year's rulings on his popular SCOTUSblog. He says that it is not so simple to see this as a conservative activist court methodically on the march to the right.