GiveMN analyzes what went wrong on Give to the Max Day Minnesotans managed to donate $17.1 million to more than 4,000 Minnesota schools and non-profits yesterday as part of the fifth annual Give to the Max Day using the GiveMN website. That total breaks last year's record, but donors and non-profits were stymied for several hours Thursday afternoon when the website crashed.5:24 p.m.
Paris cafe culture with a Latin groove grows in Minnesota Amelia Rivera, who is in her final year as a voice student at the University of Minnesota School of Music, has decided to follow her muse and become a jazz vocalist. A classically trained soprano, Rivera wants to give Minnesota music lovers a taste of the Paris jazz scene.5:54 p.m.
Week In Politics: The Affordable Care Act And Iran Nuclear Talks
Audie Cornish turns to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks with The New York Times to discuss the week in politics. They discuss the president's attempt to delay insurance policy cancellations, the response from House Republicans, as well as nuclear talks with Iran.
In A Storm's Wake, Two Books Help Make Sense Of What Remains
Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines late last week, leaving behind devastation and plenty of questions yet to be answered. Authors Kevin Roose and Allan Gurganus suggest books that might provide readers with a glimpse past the week's ubiquitous headlines, to the human cost often left hidden.
More Changes For China After Leadership Conference
China's leadership said Friday that it will close forced labor camps and relax its one-child policy. The announcement followed a special four-day meeting of leaders, which resulted in a number of economic and social reforms. Both the "re-education through labor" camps and the population control measures are widely unpopular with the Chinese public; the leadership also announced changes intended to encourage greater urbanization in China, as the country tries to build a consumer-led economy.
U.S. Ramps Up Aid As Naval Carrier Arrives In Philippines
Although the death toll from the typhoon disaster in the Philippines is still uncertain, it is known that hundreds of thousands of people are homeless, lacking food, water and even basic shelter. Just over a week after Typhoon Haiyan struck, the U.S. aid effort has now kicked into higher gear with the arrival off of the carrier USS George Washington and its support ships off the coast of the worst hit area, the island of Leyte.
Once An Ancient Village, Soon An Entertainment Complex?
In downtown Miami, archaeologists uncovered evidence of an American Indian village that was already centuries old when Columbus arrived in the New World. The city and developers are now deciding if the site will be preserved — which would require redesigning the final phase of a billion-dollar project.
NFL Scandal Reveals Blurry Line Between Bonding And Bullying
The NFL is investigating allegations of hazing by a Miami Dolphins player against his teammate. Many in the league believe better performance can be achieved through peer-led actions that will "toughen up" perceived weaker members of the team. Do these methods work and what's considered crossing the line?
Federal Brain Science Project Aims To Restore Soldiers' Memory
President Obama has launched basic research to help scientists peer deep into the individual nerve circuits in the brain. There's also a more practical effort to restore the memories of injured soldiers by outfitting them with specialized brain implants.
Steve Coogan, Tacking Toward The Funny Side Of Serious
In Philomena, the British comedian plays a journalist helping an older woman track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Coogan tells NPR's Robert Siegel about the project — one with a bit more weight than his usual work.
House Approves 'Keep Your Health Plan' Bill
On Thursday, President Obama offered a fix to the Affordable Care Act to deal with his promise that if you like your health plan, you can keep it. On Friday, the House passed a bill, 261-157, that would go further. It would give insurance companies the option of continuing all their existing plans for a year. This, and a related bill in the Senate, are garnering support among some worried Democrats.