Xcel Energy asks customers to conserve While we've been shivering through the recent deep freeze, Xcel Energy says our use of electricity is putting a strain on the power grid and is now stressing the importance of conservation over the next couple of days.6:25 a.m.
James Vculek shoots "The Quietest Sound" A Minneapolis director decided to get back to basics for his latest film, "The Quietest Sound." It's 75 minutes long, consists of just one shot, and is receiving rave reviews.6:55 a.m.
Pawlenty tries to walk fine line on stem cell issue Stem-cell research legislation that doesn't
explicitly restrict the use of embryonic cells would face a
gubernatorial veto, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday, two days before
state legislators delve into the issue.7:20 a.m.
How design shapes where we live In a world where people are moving with greater frequency, and making job choices based on location, cities are competing to lure in new residents and businesses and keep them happy. The way a city is designed has an enormous impact on whether it thrives or dies.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Lasting Ties Mark Gen. Petraeus' Career
Lt. Gen. David Petraeus arrives this week as the new U.S. commander in Iraq. His career has been marked by building and maintaining key relationships with superiors and subordinates.
'Lush Life,' a Self-Portrait in Song
Songwriting genius Billy Strayhorn is the subject of a new documentary, as well as a fine companion CD. Both are titled Lush Life, after Strayhorn's enduring composition.
European Nations Reconsidering Nuclear Power
More European countries are taking a new look at an energy source they had rejected. For instance, Germany's plans to phase out nuclear power by 2021 are under review due to concerns about energy security and climate change.
Letters: Carter Interview, School Bus Memories
Hosts Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep read from listener comments, including strong opinions about the interview with President Jimmy Carter about his book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid and memories of a wise school bus driver.
Grand Jury Testimony Played at Libby Trial
The jury in the Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial will hear more Tuesday from an eight-hour recording of the defendant's grand jury testimony in 2004. Libby is charged with lying to the FBI and the grand jury to cover up his role in the leaking of a CIA operative's identity.
Flood Leaves Indonesian Capital Awash
Much of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is under water. At least three dozen people have been killed in flooding from torrential rains. More rain is on its way.
Ban Thwarts 'Year of the Pig' Ads in China
A ban on pig references in commercials illustrates problems with China's advertising industry. The Year of the Pig begins Feb. 18, and many advertisers planned pig themes. The pig ban is meant to protect the sensibilities of 20 million Muslims.
Sales, Profits Rise at Toyota
Reporting a 7 percent rise in profits for the most recent quarter, Toyota says sales in the United States and elsewhere continue to rise. The world's second-largest automaker cited strong sales of its Camry sedan and its SUVs. Toyota is expected to surpass GM as the world's No. 1 automaker this year.
Settlement of Apple Suit May Put Beatles on iTunes
The computer and electronics company Apple has settled its trademark dispute with the Beatles recording company of the same name. That could mean Beatles songs owned by the recording company will soon be available on iTunes online music store.
Rock Artists Embrace TV Commercial Sales
It's no longer uncool for rock artists to sell songs for use in TV ads. Rocker Randy Bachman says he can make more in one year from a commercial than he did in the entire decade of the '70s.