Art Hounds: Big Quarters, Nicolas Carter, yuletide dancing Follow the hounds as they dig up a brotherly hip hop duo that raps about everyday life, a Nordic Yuletide celebration featuring authentic Scandanavian music and sounds of the season courtesy of a Minneapolis musician and his Paraguayan harp.4:45 p.m.
State Sen. Amy Koch stepping down Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch announced Thursday she's resigning her post and not seeking re-election next year. In a letter, the Republican leader says it's been a "challenging, exciting and exhausting year." Koch also said she was resigning as majority leader because the Senate "cannot afford a lame duck leader."5:52 p.m.
Iowa Gov. Branstad On GOP White House Contest: 'It's A Wide Open Race'
Iowa's popular Gov. Terry Branstad hasn't endorsed any of the Republican presidential candidates crisscrossing his state yet. Still, Branstad will eventually be endorsing someone after the Jan. 3 caucuses. As he told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block Thursday: "I want to work to help unite the party behind the winner of the nomination process."
In Iowa, Obama's Campaign Team Rehearses For 2012
While all eyes are on the GOP presidential contenders, there's another candidate busy building an organization in Iowa: Barack Obama. Volunteers have opened eight offices across the Hawkeye State, hosted dozens of house parties and logged tens of thousands of telephone calls.
Founder Of Famous Paris Bookstore Dies
The founder of a venerable literary institution in Paris has died at 98. George Whitman founded the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, across from the Notre Dame cathedral. The shop was a magnet for English speakers in the French capital.
Changes In The Economy Leave Workers Scrambling
Middle-level jobs are becoming increasingly automated, which pushes many people into lower-skilled (and lower-paying) jobs like fixing flat tires or delivering pizza to get by. Another option is to get training for higher-skilled jobs — and many want to see more training programs offered.
Ornithologist Discusses Causes Of Bird Downings
Melissa Block speaks with Kevin McGowen, ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, about the phenomenon of bird downings. Approximately 1,500 migratory birds died on Monday night after crashing into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Utah.
Tracking An Order In Real-Life Santa's Workshops
A lot happens between clicking "place order" on an online purchase and finding it on your doorstep. With more and more holiday shopping taking place over the Internet, fulfillment centers large and small are busy processing orders this season.
'Carnage' In The Smart Set, And Self-Inflicted, Too
Two Manhattan couples discover the limits of civility after their sons come to blows in a city park. Roman Polanski's black comedy, based on Yasmina Reza's play, serves up a series of curve balls as the four discover their inner animals.
U.S. Flag Comes Down, And Iraq War Is Officially Over
Nearly nine years after U.S. forces stormed into Iraq, American involvement in the war ends with a flag-lowering ceremony attended by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Only a few thousand U.S. troops remain, and they are to leave within days.