Emmer's budget plan -- tax cuts come first Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer has offered the first detailed glimpse of how he'd handle Minnesota's money woes as governor, by outlining a series of business tax cuts he says would lead to job growth.5:20 p.m.
Author lets readers choose what to do with lottery millions Most of us have played the "what would I do if I won the lottery" game. Of course, the laws of probability mean few of us will get to play the game for real. But a new book from Minneapolis writer Heather McElhatton can give us a little closer whiff of those millions.5:24 p.m.
Becoming Miles: The Journey Of Changing Sexes
Megan Taylor grew up feeling she was living in the wrong body. In her 20s, she decided to do something about it. First, she changed her name to Miles. Miles began taking testosterone, scheduled a double mastectomy and began changing his body into one that felt right. The hardest part was telling his parents.
Running Scared: Afghan Candidates Risk Their Lives
Any American politician will tell you that campaigning is vital to winning an election. But in Afghanistan, candidates say campaigning is likely to get you killed. As a result, many of the candidates in the upcoming Afghan elections are finding it difficult to get their message out.
Yossele Rosenblatt: The Cantor With The Heavenly Voice
He was said to have sung while still in the crib, and toured Eastern European synagogues before he was 10. And that was just the beginning. By the 1920s, Rosenblatt had transcended the boundaries of Jewish sacred music to become an international sensation.
Chilean Miners Mark A Month Underground
In Chile, there are continuing efforts to drill a shaft a half-mile underground to rescue 33 miners. They've now spent a month deprived of sunlight, fresh air and freedom. Estimates of how long it will take to reach them and bring them to the surface range from two to four months.
Craigslist Censors Adult Ads; Now What?
What is Craigslist thinking? That question is being asked after the popular classified ad site closed its adult services section on Friday. In its place, they slapped a "censored" banner. More than a dozen state attorneys general and advocacy groups have pressured the Internet company to close the section down, arguing it promotes prostitution. Craigslist has stayed silent on its latest move. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to James Temple, technology reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, about what it might mean.
Counting Calories? There Are Apps For That
For decades, people who wanted to get serious about losing weight joined Weight Watchers. They used paper and pen to help keep track of their calories with a point system. But today, people have much easier ways to track their calories -- using weight-loss apps. How many calories in an avocado? 300. The mobile apps take away your excuse for not counting calories. NPR's Anthony Brooks reports on the Boston-based company called Lose It!
The 'Empty Pleasures' Of Artificial Sweeteners
For this week's edition of All Tech Considered, NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Carolyn de la Pena, a professor at the University of California, Davis, about her new book, Empty Pleasures -- about the evolution and impact of artificial sweeteners.
Gary Shteyngart's Nerd Passion For 'Zardoz'
Writer Gary Shteyngart may have no idea what Zardoz is about, but that doesn't stop him from knowing the science-fiction novel by heart. For a nerd like him, nothing compares to the post-apocalyptic world full of floating heads and immortal beings.
Summer Jobs: A Fairbanks Carnival
We close our summer job series with a story from listener Jeff Sands of Dorset, Vt. His most memorable summer job happened 16 years ago, when he was hitchhiking through Alaska. Needing money to get back home, he worked the games at a carnival in Fairbanks for nine days. We also hear a round-up of the summer jobs that made the All Things Considered staff the people they are today.
On Labor Day, Obama Pushes New Jobs Program
In the midst of dire predictions for Democrats in November, President Obama spent part of his Labor Day in Milwaukee -- part of a week he'll spend promoting new initiatives to boost the economy. On Monday, the president called for spending an extra $50 billion on the nation's roads and railways, in hopes of putting more Americans back to work. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley.