Forced to Choose: Places to Watch Thousands of Minnesota leaders make tax and spending decisions virtually every week and in every corner of the state. Here are eight communities especially worth keeping an eye on through 2012 and beyond as state fiscal policies, demographic changes and demands for efficiency continue to force hard decisions.3:20 p.m.
Families of deployed Red Bulls miss loved ones during holidays Brian Wunderlich is among the roughly 2,700 members of the Minnesota National Guard on duty in Kuwait. His wife, Margarita , says his presence is missed - especially during the holidays. Staying in touch isn't easy, but the effort makes their marriage strong.3:24 p.m.
Art Hounds: Best of 2011 We asked our Art Hounds to tell us about their Minnesota arts and culture highlights of the year. Here is the third and final installment.4:44 p.m.
'It's A Great Day In South Carolina,' If You Have A Job
South Carolina's Republican governor paints an optimistic picture of the state's economy. But with a higher-than-average unemployment rate, voters are focused on economic issues when it comes to the 2012 presidential election.
From The Stump: Bachmann, Santorum
All this week, All Things Considered is highlighting moments from each of the presidential candidates' stump speeches. Thursday, Robert Siegel hears from Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
Debunked Science: Studies Take Heat In 2011
In the world of science, 2011 may go down as the year of the retraction. Lots of highly publicized discoveries got debunked this year. And many of those discoveries involved findings that both scientists and the public really wanted to believe.
In Syria, Arab League Observers Caught In Crossfire
An Arab League monitoring mission is visiting Homs and Hama, major centers of Syria's anti-government uprising, and witnessed violence firsthand. Activists say at least 40 protesters were killed by security forces Thursday. The presence of the monitors has emboldened the protesters, who are chronicling their struggle in videos.
U.S. Military Tests Out Green Tech In Afghanistan
Saving money and lives, as well as improving national security, are the goals behind a U.S. military initiative to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. At one outpost in remote Afghanistan, Marines are using solar power; the Navy is also experimenting with biofuels.
Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports
For the first time since Harry Truman was president, the country is exporting more petroleum products than it imports. Domestic demand for diesel and gasoline is down while production is up. That's made it difficult for some refineries to stay in business.
Google Science Fair Winner Discusses Her Project
Robert Siegel speaks with Shree Bose, the winner of this year's Google Science Fair. Bose investigated why cancer cells become resistant to the chemotherapy drug Cisplatin. Through her research, she discovered a specific protein that makes cancer cells resistant to the drug.
Tense U.S.-Pakistani Relations Mark 2011
It has been a particularly tumultuous year for U.S.-Pakistan relations. Washington has spent much of the year trying to calm Pakistani anger over several high-profile incidents, including the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Special Forces, and NATO airstrikes that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead. But the U.S. has had its share of frustration with Pakistan's leaders, and outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen openly accused the country's intelligence agency of supporting the Taliban and other militants. Despite the rancor, both sides say they need the other. Still, it doesn't appear relations will improve much in 2012, especially as the U.S. inches closer to withdrawing from Afghanistan.