Friday Festival: The garlic fest in Hutchinson Every Friday this summer, we look ahead to the weekend in Minnesota with our Friday Festival. This time, we go to Hutchinson which is holding its annual Minnesota Garlic Festival. Jerry Ford is the organizer, and he spoke with MPR's Tom Crann about the event.4:45 p.m.
Fact check: Pawlenty and Bachmann's debate claims Minnesota Republicans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmman spent a large part of Thursday night's GOP presidential debate criticizing each other. Here's an assessment of the accuracy of their statements.5:35 p.m.
Was Pawlenty too harsh on Bachmann? Iowans weigh in Minnesotans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann are holding separate rallies this evening in Ames, Iowa designed to get their supporters to vote for them in a straw poll tomorrow. Last night their criticism of each other dominated a Republican presidential candidates' debate. We talked to people at the Iowa State Fair today to see what they thought of the debate.5:40 p.m.
Dinner Party Download's Icebreaker Episode Back by popular demand, it's another all-star, all-icebreaker show on the Dinner Party Download -- almost every joke we've aired in the last year, collected in one segment.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Seeks To Rekindle Campaign Passion In 2012
In 2008, candidate Obama inspired crowds with his message of hope and change. This time around, the president faces new challenges: 9 percent unemployment, a U.S. credit downgrade, and an approval rating slipping toward 40 percent. Is running as "the lesser of two evils" the best he can do?
The Week In Politics: Iowa Debate; Obama In Mich.
Melissa Block speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Michelle Bernard, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy. They discuss political events of the past week, including Thursday night's debate between Republican presidential hopefuls, and President Obama's visit to Michigan.
Syria's Deadly Crackdown On Protesters Continues
Defying growing international condemnation, Syrian security forces continue their bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters across the country. A U.S.-based human rights group says injured protesters are afraid to seek treatment in government-run hospitals, for fear of being detained and beaten.
In Manhattan, Preschool Interviews Induce Anxiety
Some Manhattanites spend $20,000 or $30,000 a year sending their children to preschool. And because competition for those slots is fierce, the preschool interview sets parents on edge. Here are some do's and don'ts — not only for your toddler, but also for you — to ace the interviews.
They're Just Best Friends. That's It. Seriously
After an online petition calling for the two puppets to get married drew thousands of signatures, Sesame Workshop and PBS released a statement that says once and for all that Bert and Ernie aren't headed for the altar.
Octavia Spencer: You Can't 'Help' But Feel This Film
If you are uncomfortable watching The Help, that's appropriate, says actress Octavia Spencer: "People lived this discomfort." Spencer, who plays an African-American maid in 1960s Mississippi, talks about civil rights on-screen and responds to the movie's many critics.