Pipestone: A spiritual place In the southwest corner of Minnesota, thousands of visitors each year take in the Pipestone National Monument's untouched prairie and its famous red rock. For centuries, Native Americans have placed great religious significance on the pipestone found here.4:50 p.m.
Park vs. monument: What's in a name? When we started thinking about a series of stories about Minnesota's national parks, we were quickly confronted by a tricky question -- just how many parks does Minnesota have?4:58 p.m.
Home prices rise 3.1 percent in Twin Cities The closely-watched Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index shows that home prices in the Twin Cities rose in July more than any other city the index tracks.5:20 p.m.
Pipestone: A spiritual place In the southwest corner of Minnesota, thousands of visitors each year take in the Pipestone National Monument's untouched prairie and its famous red rock. For centuries, Native Americans have placed great religious significance on the pipestone found here.6:20 p.m.
Park vs. monument: What's in a name? When we started thinking about a series of stories about Minnesota's national parks, we were quickly confronted by a tricky question -- just how many parks does Minnesota have?6:28 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Is Obama In An 'Afghan Box'?
During the presidential campaign, candidate Obama cited the war in Afghanistan as a "good war" — in contrast to the U.S. effort in Iraq. But as violence in Afghanistan escalates while support for the war deteriorates, can President Obama afford to stay the course? Can he afford not to?
Kerry Seeks Close Review Of Afghan Troop Request
Al-Qaida's presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan's stability are the principal security concerns of the U.S., says Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He says, however, a request for additional troops should be reviewed carefully because poor Afghan governance is undermining the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy.
Letters: Insurance, Net Neutrality
Listeners respond to the profile of Dave Koenig, who liked his employer-provided health insurance plan, and opposed a broad overhaul of the health care system; the coverage of net neutrality and the drinker's dictionary.
Medicare Data Could Cut Health Care Costs
Economists say one of the biggest obstacles to making health care cheaper is a lack of information. Some consumer advocates want access to a Medicare database so patients can compare physicians' performance. That has led to a lengthy court battle over doctors' privacy.
Career Changers Find Way Around The Classroom
Until a year ago, Beverly Harvey was more familiar with balance sheets than attendance sheets. Harvey had spent 25 years in the banking industry before switching careers and becoming an elementary-school teacher.
Program Connects Schools, Career Changers
Many new teachers from nontraditional backgrounds have come to teaching through a partnership between local schools and a nonprofit group called the New Teacher Project. The group's president, Timothy Daly, says the program is allowing schools to access a diverse pool of candidates.
Senate Panel Rejects Public Health Option
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee rejected a provision to include a government-run public insurance option as part of the effort to overhaul the health care system. The vote was 15-to-8 against the measure.
Flu Vaccine Study Prompts Caution In Canada
Canadian provincial authorities are rethinking flu shots because of data that link getting a seasonal flu shot to an increased risk of contracting a mild case of swine flu. Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press, says though not many people have seen the data, the numbers have become a part of the discussion in the public health community.