Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:44 p.m.
Traders far away from the farm influence crop prices Federal officials will examine the role of large institutional investors in grain markets -- institutions such as pension systems and hedge funds. Their role in the grain trade has grown steadily over the past few years, and can lead to wide swings in the prices that farmers get for their crops.4:48 p.m.
Minn. groups plans polling place surveillance A coalition of conservative groups says it's enlisting volunteers to become "voter surveillance teams" at polling places on Election Day, to watch for possible cases of voter fraud. But others say the effort appears to have more to do with suppressing voter turnout.5:20 p.m.
Mark Mallman embarks on 78-hour music marathon Imagine staying awake for 78 hours straight.
Now, picture yourself playing music continuously over the course of those three-plus days, and actually, playing just one song, and stopping only for bathroom breaks.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Farming Gives Colo. Family A Living But No Nest Egg
Terry Walter estimates that his family of five earned about $48,000 last year. He's the third generation to work his land, and he faces a difficult combination of high debt levels and low profit margins that his father never had to worry about. Walter also worries about how he and his wife will afford to retire.
Escape Shaft Could Reach Chilean Miners In Days
At the San Jose mine in Chile, 33 miners who've been trapped deep underground since August are still there. But drillers who've been boring a shaft down say they could reach the miners in a matter of days. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Al Jazeera reporter Monica Villamizar.
Jamey Johnson: Dabbling In Black And White
The country singer-songwriter's double-disc album, The Guitar Song, is where dark meets slightly less dark. Not all of the record's 25 songs are perfectly turned, but his batting average is still really good.
Change To River's Flow Considered To Stop Carp
The threat of invasive Asian carp migrating from the Illinois River into Lake Michigan is sparking new debate over whether the flow of the Chicago River should be reversed -- again. There is increasing talk in the Great Lakes region about re-severing the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds.
Hungarian Toxic Sludge Reaches The Mighty Danube
In Hungary, several villages were devastated earlier this week when a highly caustic waste product from an aluminum factory poured out of its holding reservoir. Four people were killed as the red sludge spread through the villages and into rivers and creeks. Those waterways in turn have now carried the sludge to the Danube -- Europe's second-longest river. And neighboring countries are monitoring the water to make sure the sludge is effectively diluted. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Elisabeth Rosenthal, environment reporter for the New York Times, who is in Budapest.
Brazil, A Land Of Working-Class Poets
In Brazil, a tradition inherited from the Portuguese remains popular today -- stories on a string: slender pamphlets written in verse, hung up for sale on a piece of twine.