Gardenhire reflects on AL Manager of the Year award This season, Ron Gardenhire led the Minnesota Twins to their sixth division title in their last nine seasons, but the Twins lost in the first round of the playoffs. He was named American League Manager of the Year today.
MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Gardenhire on Wednesday.4:45 p.m.
Cloud Cult chases time The Minneapolis indie rock band Cloud Cult brings its orchestral flair, tribal energy, and a new album, to First Avenue's Mainroom for the next two nights.4:54 p.m.
Cloud Cult perform live at The Current in the UBS Forum This Twin Cities staple has been making emotionally-fused experimental rock for years, packing venues with capacity crowds entranced by live painting, dozens of instruments and encouragement to sit on the venue floor and become fully absorbed with the sound surrounding them.4:58 p.m.
GOP sues over ballots in Minn. gov race The Republican Party of Minnesota took the governor's race to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking to shrink the ballot pool in the undecided governor's race before a recount begins after Thanksgiving.5:20 p.m.
A good, not great, holiday season predicted for retailers Retailers, including Target and Best Buy, are feeling a bit cheerier heading into this holiday season. They are expecting consumers will spend more freely than they have in the past two years, but they could be disappointed.5:49 p.m.
New Flyer's bus business suffers in third quarter Canada-based New Flyer, the maker of heavy-duty transit buses, reported a nearly 16 percent drop in revenue in the third quarter which ended last month. The company employs several hundred people at plants in St. Cloud and Crookston.5:53 p.m.
Lone U of M President-finalist meets public in campus forum
MPR's Tom Crann talks to higher education reporter Tim Post about Eric Kaler, a provost at Stony Brook University in New York, about his public reception at the forum.5:55 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Task Force Examines Debt, Slow Pace Of Recovery
Former Sen. Pete Domenici warned Wednesday that America's mounting federal debt is a "quiet killer," eating away at the foundation of the country. Domenici, with former Federal Reserve Vice Chair Alice Rivlin, co-chairs a bipartisan task force recommending big changes in the way the government spends and raises money.
Debt Commission Co-Chairs Won't Bow To Criticism
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson aren't worried by the bad reviews they've gotten for their plan to tackle the deficit. They argue that the public sees the need for drastic action to address a problem that they say represents a "formula for failure" for the nation.
Bristol Palin Advances On 'Dancing With The Stars'
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer and dance instructor Pierre Dulaine about the results of Tuesday night's Dancing With the Stars -- specifically about Bristol Palin continuing on to the final three. Dulaine tells Siegel that his immediate reaction after watching last night's results was to e-mail the dance instructors he works with. His e-mail's subject line: "Totally Frivolously WRONG RESULT!"
Calif. Upholds In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants
California's highest court says illegal immigrant students who've graduated from state high schools will pay in-state tuition rates at California's public colleges and universities. It's a controversial, first-of-its-kind ruling and could have an impact on tuition policy in other states.
GM Faces Mixed Reviews Over Stock Offering
When GM's shares start trading Thursday, it will be a bittersweet occasion. Despite interest from Wall Street, many with ties to the automaker -- including 700,000 retirees, active workers and dealers -- are showing little enthusiasm for the new company's stock.
States, Lenders Work To Create Foreclosure Fund
State attorneys general are negotiating with some of the nation's largest mortgage lenders to create a fund that would compensate people who lost homes in an improper foreclosure. Details are still being worked out, and it's not clear how an "improper" foreclosure is defined.
Faith, Politics And The 2010 Election
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to E.J. Dionne and William Galston of the Brookings Institution about a new study on the role faith and politics played in the 2010 election. The new study, conducted in collaboration with the Public Religion Research Institute, is called "The Old and New Politics of Faith: Religion and the 2010 Election."
'Lightning Divorces' Strike China's 'Me Generation'
For China's younger generation, born under the one-child policy and during the economic boom, the latest trend is "lightning" weddings, which often end in equally fast divorces. Experts fear that the divorce rate will continue to climb.
U.K. University Lays Claim To Matchmaking Title
It's well-known that Prince William met his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, while the two were students at the University of St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland. Turns out, St. Andrews lays claim to the title of Britain's top matchmaking university. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Stephen Magee, vice principal of external relations at the University of St. Andrews, about what accounts for so many matches.