Art Hounds: Art of This, One Day in July, and 'Jazz' This week's Art Hounds sing the praises of the "Art of This" gallery in Minneapolis, commemorate the 1934 Truckers strike , and riff on a staged reading of "Jazz," a new play adapted from the Toni Morrison novel.4:44 p.m.
Health officials increasing efforts against chicken pox The Minnesota Department of Health has ramped up efforts to fight chicken pox this fall, mandating that all children entering kindergarten and 7th grade receive two vaccinations if they have not already had the illness.4:50 p.m.
Minnesota students create 'super' hybrid cars Students at six Minnesota technical colleges have spent their summer converting gas/electric hybrid cars into plug-in hybrids, dramatically increasing their fuel economy.4:54 p.m.
Violent crime in Minneapolis hits historic low Minneapolis officials say violent crime is at historically-low levels throughout the city. As a result, area residents say they are able to focus less on watching for potential dangers, and more on helping each other and community building.5:23 p.m.
Tim Walz on health care reform in Congress Minnesota DFL congressman Tim Walz has been pushing for more time to reach compromises on health care reform on his side of Capitol Hill. He joined Tom Crann from Washington to talk about what needs to change in order to get his support.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Dig Finds A Thriving Cultural Mecca In Indianapolis
New evidence suggests that an African-American neighborhood bulldozed decades ago to make way for a university wasn't as blighted as the city's popular history portrays. The area was once home to Madam C.J. Walker, the nation's first self-made female millionaire.
Israeli Traffic Signs May Get Hebrew Makeover
Israel's conservative new minister of transportation wants to remove the English and Arabic place names from new traffic signs. The Arabic and English lettering would remain, but would spell out Hebrew names. The proposal has angered Arabs who say it's another attempt to erase their connection to the land.
Escape To New York: A Sentimental Trip Through 'Time' Time and Again spans time, finds mystery, delves into Science-Fiction, grounds itself in Einstein's theories and ultimately, settles into romance fantasy. So what's the problem? Author Susan Jane Gilman explains her guilty addiction to this cult pop thriller.
Debate Over Health Care Gets More Intense
President Obama is taking his argument for a health care overhaul to the American people this week. Obama hosted Thursday a town hall-style meeting in Cleveland. In Washington, however, the fate of an overhaul is uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said there will not be a vote on health care before the August recess.
A Lot At Stake For Employers In Health Overhaul
U.S. businesses spend a tremendous amount of money on health care coverage for their employees, so there's broad support for an overhaul. But some oppose mandates requiring employers to insure workers. Others are still studying the issues.
Calls For Scottish Independence Still Strong
Many Scots have campaigned for years for Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom. The global financial crisis and ensuing bailout of two Scottish banks seemed to put that idea to rest. But now, some politicians are again pushing for independence.
Letters: Codrescu, Weapons, Planet Money
Listeners respond to the commentary by Andrei Codrescu, the defeat of a concealed-weapons amendment in the U.S. Senate and Planet Money's on-air radio contest. Madeleine Brand and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.
Poll: U.S. Image Abroad Up Under Obama
A new poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center says that while the U.S. image is improving around the world thanks to President Obama's popularity, in the Middle East its image still needs a lift. Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, offers his insight.
Drug Firms Pour $40 Million Into Health Care Debate
During three critical months in the debate to overhaul health care, a powerful drugmaker consortium known as PhRMA and its members spent more than $3 million each week lobbying Congress. In the past, PhRMA has won most of its lobbying battles.
Amtrak To Carry Baseball's Cardinals To Next Game
The St. Louis Cardinals will do something Thursday night they haven't done in 40 years — travel to an away game by train. The team will board an Amtrak train in Washington and travel to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies in a three-game series. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak offers reasons for the train trip.