Minn. foie gras producer challenges notion that process is cruel There are only a handful of farms in the country that produce foie gras, and one is located in southeastern Minnesota. Fois gras -- or fattened duck liver -- is a delicacy. It's also the source of a long-running debate over whether the treatment of the ducks can be considered cruel.4:45 p.m.
'Rock star' beer crafter opens future for brewpubs in state Omar Ansari is arguably the rock star of Minnesota's craft beer movement. Aggressive and unorthodox, he helped bring about one of the most significant changes to the state's liquor laws in recent history to allow breweries to sell their beer directly to customers on site.5:24 p.m.
French, Germans Show Different Attitudes To Crisis
A funny thing about bailouts in Europe: The Germans appear to be worried sick about them, because they'll have to pay. But the French don't seem too concerned, even though they'll be paying too — and they can't afford it.
Despite Slowdown, German Unemployment Falls
Despite continued signs of an economic slowdown across much of Europe, Germany's economy continues to chug along — and add jobs. Unemployment in September fell to the lowest level since reunification. There may be angst over more bailouts, but German firms continue to hire new people. That's in sharp contrast to the country's struggling, debt-burdened eurozone friends in Greece, Spain and elsewhere. They're even hiring in Berlin, notorious for its cadre of career jobless. A mini high-tech boom is leading the way in the German capital.
Virus Infects Drone Network
A few weeks ago, at Creech Air Force base in Nevada, computer security experts came upon a virus in their network. The virus was recording every keystroke made by Air Force pilots who remotely operate Predator and Reaper drones that fly over war zones. And so far, they can't seem to wipe the virus from the system. Guy Raz talks to Noah Shachtman, contributing editor at Wired magazine, who first reported the story.
A New Generation Of App Developers
Fruit Ninja. Bejeweled. Plants vs. Zombies. These are all top-grossing apps through Apple's app store. Plenty of folks dream about creating the next mobile application smash hit. But the latest group of tech entrepreneurs — some not even old enough for a learner's permit — are going after their slice of the pie.
Climate Activist Visits Wilderness Before Prison Term
Tim DeChristopher was to go to prison, convicted of disrupting a government sale of oil and gas leases. He called his actions an act off civil disobedience against climate change. Prosecutors called them felonies. Ahead of his confinement, DeChristopher wanted to go on a final wilderness adventure.
Before Launch, Netflix Scraps 'Qwikster'
Netflix announced Monday it is reversing its highly controversial move to create two separate companies, one for its streaming service and another for mailing DVDs. The company now says customers will be able to keep just one account and one password.
What Can We Learn From Business Failures?
Guy Raz talks to Chunka Mui, who co-wrote Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years, about the successes and failures of companies that present to the public a product that changes from what people are used to. Netflix has withdrawn a plan to mail DVDs to people under a new name. Coke tried to market New Coke. What will the public accept? What won't they? And how do you know it's time to reverse course?
In Egypt, Grief Among Christians Turns To Rage
In Cairo, the Coptic Christian community buried its dead Monday after violent clashes between protesters and Egyptian soldiers killed 25. The protesters were demanding the country's military rulers protect them from attacks by radical Muslims. Now, Christian mourners are lashing out at those rulers.
Fighting Continues In Gadhafi's Hometown
Anti-Gadhafi fighters are pushing ahead with their offensive in Sirte, the last main bastion of support for the ousted Libyan leader. It's been slow going for the anti-Gadhafi forces, despite air support from NATO. Guy Raz talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro for more.