Minnesota golfer itching to tee it up The official beginning of spring is less than two weeks away. But people who live in Minnesota know that the end of winter is not determined by the calendar. We look for signs in the natural environment that the season is changing.6:55 a.m.
Home builders get creative to survive Despite the beating the home building industry has been taking over the past few years, some Minnesota builders say they're managing to fare pretty well. They attribute their success to their creative sales techniques.7:25 a.m.
Minneapolis to launch a bike sharing program The Twin Cities is getting $4 million in federal money to fund projects that promote walking and biking. The money will be used to create a bike center on the University of Minnesota campus and a bike-sharing program in Minneapolis.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Keeping China's Ancient Music Alive
Only a dozen orchestras in northwest China remain devoted to performing music from the seventh-century Tang Dynasty. Predating even European Gregorian chants, the songs and instrumentals are among the oldest notated music in the world.
Inheriting Infections: Can Genes Make You Sick?
Here's a radical concept: Our genes could determine which infectious diseases we are susceptible to. Some scientists say this could explain why some people infected with a microbe develop the disease and others show no symptoms.
Who's Willing To Touch Toxic Assets?
Although details are still sketchy, the government says it will back private investors who are willing to buy the toxic assets now crippling the nation's banks. Wilbur Ross, chairman of WL Ross & Co., has made billions investing in troubled companies, restructuring them and then selling them. And he may be among those who invest.
Vilsack Proposes Changes To Farming
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is proposing radical changes to farming. Vilsack tells Steve Inskeep that farmers should see the Obama administration's new energy initiatives as opportunities to make new money, at a time when traditional farming policies run in the face of a soaring deficit.
Market Foragers, Down And Out In Paris
Paris' open-air food markets are a world-famous gastronomic delight. But the economic crisis is turning them into giant foraging sites, and not just for the poor. With prices high, ordinary and even well-heeled Parisians are now showing up to pick through discarded produce.
Sen. Finance Committee Backs Kirk As Trade Rep.
Some key figures in President Obama's administration are still waiting to be confirmed. Ron Kirk, the nominee for U.S. trade representative, could have faced questions about back taxes. But that was barely mentioned Monday night as the former Dallas mayor breezed through a 45 minute confirmation hearing. Senators were more interested in how the Obama administration plans to handle some controversial trade agreements.
Scientists Debate HIV Prevention Products
Scientists have tried to find a product that would give women in developing countries more control in protecting themselves against HIV. Some say a new approach to developing these potentially life-saving products is needed.
States Explore Counting Miles To Replace Gas Tax
Plans for superefficient cars including plug-in hybrids and fully electric sedans are forcing lawmakers to consider alternatives to the gasoline tax. A charge based on the miles you drive just won the endorsement of a congressional commission, and many states are hoping to make the switch.
50 Years Ago, The Dalai Lama Fled Tibet
Thousands of Tibetans rose up against Chinese rule in 1959, and the Dalai Lama was forced to escape to India. Robert Barnett directs modern Tibetian studies at Columbia University in New York. He was in touch with Tibetians until the government shut down text messaging for "maintenance."
'Leaning Tower' Of Shanghai Underwhelms Visitors
Everyone's heard of the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. But who knew that China had its very own Leaning Tower? Certainly not most Chinese. What's more, the 900-year-old pagoda outside Shanghai could well be the most tilted building in the world.