My first recession For young people, recessions can be formative experiences, marking them for the rest of their lives. As part of a special project, MPR News partnered with the Neighborhood House and local artists to help teens tell the stories of their first recession.5:20 p.m.
Brian Newhouse explains the legacy of Michael Steinberg
Tom Crann talks to Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse about what makes an excellent, accessable liner note and why the death of musicologist Michael Steinberg is at a loss for champions of classical music.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Flat-Panel TVs Showcase U.S.-China Trade Issues
Before the recession, U.S. sales of flat-panel TVs skyrocketed. Americans were on a spending binge, buying billions more in goods from China than they exported. Today's rising TV prices may be a good sign — for both the U.S. and China.
Cash For Clunkers Program Explained
Last week, the government launched a $1 billion program to get consumers to part with their gas-guzzling cars and trucks and buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. The so-called Cash for Clunkers Program is an attempt to stimulate auto sales. David Shepardson, a reporter for the Detroit News, explains how the system works.
Letters: Kucinich, Gates
Listeners respond to the interview with Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and the debate over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Madeleine Brand and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.
Mom Bloggers Debate Ethics Of 'Blog-Ola'
With mothers controlling upward of 80 percent of household spending, it was only a matter of time before mommy bloggers were reviewing and promoting products and services — and getting paid for their efforts. This has led some people to question the integrity of mom blogs.
Patient Interpreters Save Money, But Who Pays?
Under civil rights laws, health care providers who accept federal money must provide interpretation for patients who can't speak English. But the law doesn't compel the government or insurers to pay for it. As Congress debates a health care overhaul, medical providers are hoping that will change.
Listeners' Health Care Questions Answered
Last week, listeners were asked to submit questions about the ongoing health care debate in Washington. Listeners wanted to know what coverage members of Congress enjoy, what the government means when it says it wants to offer an affordable health insurance plan, and why health care costs are growing so fast.
Homeless Man Leaves Behind Surprise: $4 Million
Richard Leroy Walters, a homeless man who lived in Phoenix, died two years ago. What people didn't know was that he was a millionaire. In his will, he left money for nonprofits — including NPR — and a nurse who befriended him 13 years ago. Rita Belle talks about their unlikely friendship.
Comet Collision Causes Dent On Jupiter
Scientists said last week that a comet had slammed in to the planet Jupiter, leaving a scar the size of the Pacific Ocean. Hal Levison, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, in Boulder, Colo., offers his insight.
Defense Secretary Faces Question On Iran Nukes
High on the agenda of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Israel and Jordan Monday was Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. opposes a pre-emptive military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, but after talks with Gates today, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said no option should be removed from the table.
Man's Best Bomb-Sniffing Friend Taboo In Iraq
One of the most useful security tools is also one of the most difficult for Iraqis to accept because of a cultural taboo. Sniffer dogs are universally recognized as the most effective means of detecting explosives, but Iraqis consider dogs unclean.