Orchestra contract talks a matter of money vs. artistry As the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra both approach contract deadlines with their musicians, they are wrestling with how to find a model for the future that keeps them financially stable while also preserving the quality of their music.5:24 p.m.
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European Central Bank Unveils Bond-Buying Plan
The European Central Bank announced Thursday that it will increase purchases of government bonds to bring down interest rates for heavily indebted countries in the eurozone. President Mario Draghi's plans were sharply criticized by some, who argue that the European Central Bank, unlike the U.S. Federal Reserve, has only one mandate — to keep prices stable and it isn't supposed to set interest rates.
European Bond-Buying Plan May Not End Debt Crisis
Robert Siegel speaks with economist Ken Rogoff of Harvard University about the European Central Bank's announcement that it will buy some government bonds from eurozone countries to help resolve the ongoing debt crisis.
Guess Who's Chopping Down The Amazon Now?
Despite progress that's been made in Brazil, deforestation is increasing in the other 40 percent of the rainforest. The problem is particularly serious in Bolivia, where a swath of trees two-thirds the size of Delaware is cleared each year.
Most Facts Check Out In Bill Clinton's DNC Speech
Robert Siegel talks to Robert Farley, deputy managing editor at FactCheck.org, to truth squad some of the statements in former President Bill Clinton's speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again
Chan Marshall's songs have traditionally been sad and sparse, pecked out on piano or guitar. Sun, her first collection of new songs since 2006, takes a different approach.
Art Modell Was Hero, Villain To Football Fans
Football icon Art Modell has died. Modell was hero to Baltimore Ravens fans because as owner of that NFL team he brought them a Superbowl. But it's a different story in Cleveland, where Browns fans vilify him for moving the team to Baltimore after a dispute with Cleveland political leaders.
In New York, Two Big Arts Institutions Go Small
Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently opened new, smaller theater spaces designed by architect Hugh Hardy. There, new works can be performed without the financial pressure of filling a large theater — and with cheaper tickets, they can attract the younger generation, too.
Obama Hopes To Build On Energy of Others At DNC
Robert Siegel speaks with Mara Liasson about Thursday night's events scheduled at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where President Obama will formally accept his party's nomination.