Mapping the future A high-tech mapping project in the Red River Valley will help manage floods and save money.5:23 p.m.
Cabbies look for fare increase to cover higher gas costs It's been about three years since Twin Cities area cab drivers were allowed to increase their rates. Meanwhile, gas prices have more than doubled. Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington and the airport are poised to raise fares by 16 percent.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
A Blues Family, Kicking Out Homemade Jamz
For the Perry siblings of Tupelo, Miss. — ages 9, 14 and 16 — making music involves making unique instruments from car parts. The young family band with astonishingly mature blues chops demonstrates its craft in NPR's Studio 4A.
In 'Replay,' A Life Full Of Second Chances
A man drops dead of a heart attack but awakens as a younger version of himself. He reaches 43 and dies (and returns) again. Author Brad Meltzer first read Ken Grimwood's novel, Replay, when he was 19. He never forgot it.
Stephen Malkmus: Shape-Shifting Indie Rock
More than anything Malkmus has done, Real Emotional Trash engages in the sort of shape-shifting that marked Bob Dylan's career. He wears a different mask on virtually every song, and it certainly helps that the band is his strongest post-Pavement outfit yet.
Does A Bailout Loom For Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac?
The mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took another hit on Wall Street Thursday, after a former Fed official suggested the companies may need a government bailout. Others are weighing in, too.
High Pump Prices Put Dent In Driving Habits
High gas prices appear to have prompted Americans to cut back on driving. New government numbers show gas consumption at a five-year low. Motorists talk about how they're adapting.
Grocery Items: Same Price, Smaller Size
Packages of familiar products — cereal, juice, mayonnaise — are getting smaller. But supermarkets are charging the same old prices for the new, smaller sizes. Ben Popken of the consumer advocacy blog Consumerist talks about the trend.
Latinas For McCain, Finding Fault With Obama
The group Latinas for McCain includes a mix of Republicans, Democrats and independents. For many, their choice has more to do with negative things they believe about Sen. Barack Obama, than positive things about Sen. John McCain.
Letters: French Health Care
Listeners write in about a story on health care in France. The e-mail includes comments from a listener whose 90-year-old aunt lived in France.
Philanthropist Has Big Plans For Milwaukee
Joseph Zliber, 90, doesn't like the crime and poverty plaguing his old Milwaukee neighborhood. So the real estate magnate pledged $50 million over the next decade to revive low-income areas. He wants others to pledge another $150 million.
How Do We Define A Political Flip-Flop?
Sen. John McCain has drawn fire for changing his stance on offshore drilling for oil. Sen. Barack Obama has been grilled about opting out of the public campaign finance system. Did they flip-flop? Or did their positions merely evolve?