Rep. Betty McCollum visits Middle East leaders Rep. Betty McCollum met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other Middle East leaders about the treatment of Iraqi refugees. MPR's Tom Crann spoke with McCollum from Amman, Jordan.4:45 p.m.
St. Paul children's theater moves upstage SteppingStone Theatre hopes to find its spot in the limelight. This weekend the children's theater opens its new home in a prominent building in a prominent neighborhood.4:54 p.m.
Pipeline explosion a lesson in worldwide energy policy The shutdown of major oil pipelines running through Clearbrook, Minnesota, is providing a surprising lesson about Minnesota's role in world oil markets. Oil prices fluctuated Thursday as oil buyers waffled on how much of problem they thought the shutdown would cause.5:24 p.m.
Debate over Northshore Mining air quality plays out in court Northshore Mining company and its critics argued in a St. Paul courtroom Thursday over air quality. The company wants a judge to drop part of a 30-year-old ruling on how much air pollution it can put out. The state and environmental groups say the standard shouldn't be dropped.5:50 p.m.
Medical Tourism Creates Thai Doctor Shortage
Millions of people go to Bangkok for medical care. These medical tourists, who get everything from face-lifts to heart-bypass operations, have helped boost the Thai economy. But doctors are so busy, Thais are having trouble getting care.
Vocal Impressions: Hearing Voices, Round Nine
In the latest installment of "Vocal Impressions," listeners share their descriptions of the voices of Janis Joplin, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Joe Cocker. And we issue a new challenge: Lucille Ball, Ray Charles, Cher and Harvey Fierstein.
White House Revises Economic Forecast Downward
The White House revised its rosy economic forecast downward Thursday, citing a more significant housing slump than was previously predicted. But the Bush administration still says there will be growth in the economy in 2008. Are predictions of a recession overblown?
Banks Pay the Price for Risky Mortgage Bets
Major banks are suffering enormous losses on investments tied to home mortgages. For years, Wall Street made handsome returns betting on mortgage-backed securities. But those securities are opaque and contain risks that investors were either unwilling or unable to recognize.
Hyde Leaves Complex Legislative Legacy
Former U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois has died at the age of 83. The Republican is best remembered as an anti-abortion crusader and the leader of the House impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, but he was more politically complex than the conservative caricature would suggest.
Watching the Debate with Voters in New Hampshire
A group of Republicans in Bedford, N.H. — a state that will be voting in less than six weeks — gathered to watch Wednesday night's Republican candidate debate and said they weren't impressed by a tussle over immigration.
Iowans Are Leaning But Haven't Committed
With five weeks to go until the caucuses, Iowans are wearing candidate stickers and cheering at candidate events. But ask them who they will vote for, and Iowans say they're just not sure yet.
Letters: Socks, Texas Climate, Chinese Music
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails, including comments from a Vermont sock company on our stories about the sock industry, response to our stories on dealing with climate change in Texas, and reflections on our conversation with a virtuoso of a Chinese musical instrument, the erhu.
Aussie Singer Joins Ranks of Entertainer-Politicians
Peter Garrett has joined the ranks of musicians who have used their fame to get into politics. The former lead singer of the rock group Midnight Oil is the environment, heritage and arts minister in Australia's new government.