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.
Minnesota employers add 14,000 jobs in October The state's unemployment rate was up a tenth of a percentage point in October at 7.1 percent. The nation's unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in October, DEED reported Thursday.5:23 p.m.
Military Trials For Terrorism Suspects No Slam-Dunk
A jury convicted Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani of just one count out of more than 280 for his role in 1998 embassy bombings that killed 224 people. But national security experts say they're not so sure that the problems that prosecutors confronted would have played out much differently in a military commission.
For Al-Qaida In Yemen, Targeting U.S. Is Personal
Al-Qaida's arm in Yemen, known as AQAP, seems motivated beyond the usual al-Qaida grievances of U.S. soldiers in Muslim lands or America's foreign policy. For AQAP, it's more personal, analysts say, in part because many of its operatives are former Guantanamo detainees.
Justice Department Stops Policy On DNA Waivers
Robert Siegel talks to Washington Post reporter Jerry Markon about Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to end the practice of getting federal defendants to waive their right to use DNA evidence to re-open a case after a conviction.
Cybersecurity Expert On China Net Hijacking
A new security report says China hijacked 15 percent of global Internet traffic this past April -- for 18 minutes. Melissa Block talks with Dmitri Alperovitch, a cybersecurity expert with McAfee Inc., about the implications of such a high profile router hijacking case. The report, released this week by the U.S.-China and Security Review Commission, claims China hijacked U.S. government and military sites, as well as commercial web sites. China denies the claims.
Google's Orkut Radically Changes Discourse In Brazil
Google's first foreign acquisition was in an obscure city in Brazil. Today it's the engine behind Google's social-networking site, Orkut. Though Orkut bombed in the U.S., it's a hit in Brazil -- and it's radically changing how low-income Brazilians communicate.
Strange Bedfellows: Tea Partiers In Anti-War Camp?
Many newly elected GOP lawmakers believe strongly in a smaller government, even if that means cutting military spending. Some anti-war activists are reaching out to those Tea Party-backed House freshmen, hoping they'll join the call for a speedy withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Afghanistan On Obama's Agenda At NATO Summit
President Obama has hard road ahead as he flies to a NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Robert Siegel speaks with Nicholas Burns, former undersecretary of state for political affairs in the Bush administration, about the summit scheduled to begin Friday. Conferees will discuss NATO participation in establishing a secure Afghanistan. They will also discuss a new security concept for the alliance in the 21st century. Burns talks about the difficulties confronting President Obama as he tries to coordinate U.S. policies with those of other NATO members.
Mortgage Investors Face Hurdles In Recouping Losses
The nation's biggest banks could face billions of dollars in claims from investors in mortgage-backed securities. Pension funds, mutual funds and others want the banks to take back bad loans. But investors still face a number of legal obstacles.
Letters: Bristol Palin's Dancing
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listener emails about our coverage of Bristol Palin's appearance on the popular TV show Dancing With the Stars.