Does the Midwest matter in Copenhagen? MPR's Steven John talks with Rolf Nordstrom, executive director of the Minneapolis-based Great Plains Institute, about why the Midwest is so politically important to climate change policy. Nortstrom says Minnesota is well-poised to be a leader in creating and using sustainable energy. He's attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.4:44 p.m.
Does the Midwest matter in Copenhagen? MPR's Steven John talks with Rolf Nordstrom, executive director of the Minneapolis-based Great Plains Institute, about why the Midwest is so politically important to climate change policy. Nortstrom says Minnesota is well-poised to be a leader in creating and using sustainable energy. He's attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.4:50 p.m.
Found Footage guys find more footage Former Twin Citians Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett spend their days combing through old VHS tapes found in thrift stores, garage sales, and even dumpsters. They use them to create "The Found Footage Festival."4:54 p.m.
Preparing for the season's first snow emergency Temeratures will be dangerously low tonight, with sub-zero highs across the state overnight, and the falling temps coupled with the snow cover from this week's storm could make for a knuckle-whitening commute.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
President Obama Accepts Peace Prize
President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday, saying he was at the beginning of his work on the world stage. He also refused to renounce war, saying he is obliged to protect and defend the U.S.
Reaction To Obama's Nobel Speech
In his speech Thursday in Oslo while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama refused to renounce war, saying he was obliged to protect and defend the United States. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Howard Fineman, chief political correspondent for Newsweek and author of The Thirteen American Arguments, offer their insight.
Mueller's Nobel-Winning Memories Of A Small Town
Romanian novelist Herta Mueller was awarded the 2009 literature prize for her depictions of "the landscape of the dispossessed." Her first novel, Nadirs, has just been reissued. Critic Alan Cheuse has a review.
Five Americans Arrested In Pakistan
FBI agents are interviewing five young Muslim-American men being held in Pakistan. They suspect the men may have been trying to join forces fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
For Stephanopoulos, It's Officially 'Good Morning'
The This Week host will take Diane Sawyer's old seat on ABC's Good Morning America, the network confirmed Thursday. The move is yet another remarkable transformation for George Stephanopoulos, a one-time political strategist and heartthrob who overcame his partisan ties to become a respected political journalist.
3 Senators Strike Climate Legislation Compromise
Sens. John Kerry, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham outlined Thursday the basics they would like to see in legislation to control global warming and to increase the nation's energy independence. This outline could ultimately suggest a way toward a compromise on the highly polarizing issue.
Scientists Help Ranchers Wrangle Carbon Emissions
Researchers in Marin County, Calif., are experimenting with ways to get plants to absorb more carbon emissions. So far, their plan seems to be working — the grass in the experiment plots is capturing 50 percent more carbon from the air than grass in the untouched plots. But, researchers still need to measure what the net carbon uptake is.
Rare Tree Stolen From Seattle Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle is the scene of a crime. Staffers noticed Wednesday that the Keteleeria evelyniana, one of the arboretum's rarest trees, was missing. Only a stump remained at the spot where the 7-foot tall tree once stood. Randall Hitchin, the plant collections manager for the University of Washington Botanical Gardens, says the tree is a threatened species that resembles a conifer.
Gift Ideas: Tools For The Dedicated Baker
Dorie Greenspan, the author of Baking: From My Home To Yours, suggests — among other things — a rolling pin made of nylon, cookie scoops and a cake plate for your favorite baker to show off sweet creations.
Rebuilding An Instrument By Leonardo's Design
With all the high-tech attractions in Times Square, holiday tourists are flocking to an instrument that was designed 500 years ago. Curators used the sketches of Leonardo da Vinci to figure out how to build it. Among the toughest things to re-create: a viola-harpsichord hybrid that can be played while walking.