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.
Databases one effort to fight criminal gang activity An effort to hear from the public on the scandal surrounding the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force will release its findings Thursday and two groups say using databases is one way of keeping track of criminal gang activity.5:50 p.m.
U of M seeing larger transfer population In a report to the Board of Regents Thursday, university officials said more than 2,700 students transferred to the U, a population of students the U of M doesn't know a lot about. But this year the school hopes to study who they are and why they come to the U.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Soldiers Pick Up Wreckage After Afghanistan Bombing
The day after a massive bomb tore apart an armored vehicle, killing two soldiers of the Army's 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the troops head out to recover the still-smoldering vehicle in Afghanistan's Arghandab Valley. The soldiers struggle to stay focused on their mission as they lose friends on the battlefield.
For Marine's Wife, A Tough Deployment At Home
Shortly after Marine Sgt. Thomas Joiner left for Afghanistan, his wife, Charmaine, couldn't make ends meet. Their five kids are worried he won't come back — and now the only boy, who is 8, is acting out. "I just can't wait to see his face again," Charmaine says. "And to feel him and touch him and to know he's really just standing there."
NASA Unveils Plan To Unstick A Mars Rover
The space agency announced plans for freeing the rover Spirit, which has been stuck in a Martian sand trap since April. Spirit has six wheels, though one, being inspected here by the rover's robotic arm, stopped working in 2006. NASA engineers will begin transmitting commands to the robot's five working wheels on Monday, but escape efforts could last into early next year.
Humanitarian Workers Weigh In On Afghanistan
Two Afghan women involved in humanitarian and human rights work in Afghanistan — Fatima Gailani, president of the Afghan Red Crescent Society; and Suraya Pakzad, founder and executive director of the Voice of Women Organization — speak to host Melissa Block about the current situation in Afghanistan, and their thoughts about the future.
Ranks Of Displaced Yemenis Swell As Conflict Grows
Tens of thousands of Yemenis have fled the fighting between the country's army and Shiite rebels. The flow of displaced people increased dramatically in recent days, as Saudi Arabia joined in the conflict following a rebel incursion across the border.
Iraqi Shiite Party Spends Millions On Mausoleum
Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping for a repeat of last January's provincial elections — that's when Iraqi voters rejected overtly religious parties and turned to his more secular slate. Luckily for him, those religious parties don't seem to have gotten the message. One of the largest Shiite religious parties is spending millions on an Iranian-style mausoleum to its fallen leaders. It's by far the biggest construction in the city of Najaf, but residents say they'd rather see the money spent on services.
Remembering A Pioneering Smoke Jumper
Laird Robinson, a former smoke jumper, talks to Melissa Block about Earl Cooley, who was with the first National Forest team that jumped into a fire in 1940. Cooley died Monday at 98. Smoke jumpers are elite teams who fly out over raging wildfires in the West, parachute down into the burning forests and battle the flames until they're under control.
Michael Urie, Carving Out A Character On 'Ugly Betty'
A campy, over-the-top comedy that revolves around life at a glossy fashion magazine, Ugly Betty has won a loyal fan base — in part due to its matter-of-fact portrayal of gay characters. One of them, Michael Urie's scheming Marc St. James, has lately been showing a more humane side: He's become a big-brother figure for a "mighty festive" teenager who's having trouble with bullies at school.
For Obama, Ceremonies Emphasize Weight Of War
From his stop at Dover Air Force base to a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Wednesday's private visit to military grave sites, President Obama appears to feel the weight of war acutely as he considers U.S. options for Afghanistan. None are likely to be welcomed by the American public.