Dining with Dara: Amazing Camembert made in Minnesota It once was that if you wanted a rich, soft cheese, you had to get a Brie from France. Anything else paled in comparison. But that's no longer true. Cheesemakers in our region have been making some impressive efforts, according to food writer Dara Moskowtiz Grumdahl from Minnesota Monthly. She calls it "one of the most astonishing turns in Minnesota food culture."3:54 p.m.
Minn. AG Swanson sues over aid to for-profit colleges The Minnesota attorney general has joined
a lawsuit against the country's second-largest for-profit college
company, alleging that two of its schools in the state illegally
collected taxpayer-financed financial aid.4:50 p.m.
Census: Child poverty rate triples in Brooklyn Park Unemployment and foreclosures continue to strain many Minnesota families, and more children are slipping into poverty, according to figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The statistics are even more glaring in Brooklyn Park.5:24 p.m.
University of Minnesota welcomes new president Eric Kaler was officially inaugurated as the president of the University of Minnesota Thursday, and let those at the school know he's a tough boss who expects a lot from them.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
What's Driving The Market Plunge?
Stock markets from Tokyo to New York were down sharply Thursday. Major European indices were down 4 percent and 5 percent. In the U.S., the Dow and S&P fell more than 3 percent. Melissa Block talks with NPR's John Ydstie about what's driving the selloff.
Arab Spring Changes Ahmadinejad's Position At U.N.
Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly. On previous visits to New York, Ahmadinejad enjoyed considerable attention from the media and visible displays of support from some U.N. member states. But the Arab Spring has changed that.
Alexander Discusses Leaving GOP Leadership Job
Melissa Block interviews Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee about his decision to leave his post as Republican conference chair this coming January. He has said that after four years in the third top spot in the Republican leadership, he's looking forward to having more independence.
Letters: Federal Reserve; Obesity, Sexual Health
Michele Norris and Melissa Block read comments from listeners. Thursday, we hear criticism of a story about Federal Reserve bashing — and both criticism and praise for our piece about obesity's impact on sexual health.
Obama Stresses Need For Infrastructure Repairs
To make the point that America's infrastructure is in need of repair and the federal government should do it, President Obama traveled to the Brent Spence Bridge. It runs over the Ohio River, and it connects House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Kentucky. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.
Bike Infrastructure Hits Congressional Speed Bumps
More cities nationwide are investing in ways bikes and pedestrians can share the road with cars. Still, the projects have been slow to catch on in other places, most notably in Congress, where some lawmakers feel these and other "transportation enhancements" are not an appropriate use of federal dollars.
Hallberg Talks About Joining The Bolshoi Ballet
Melissa Block speaks with David Hallberg, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, about joining the Bolshoi Ballet. He's the first American to be recruited by the legendary Russian company as a permanent principal dancer. He's currently rehearsing for the Kings of the Dance Tour.