Despite low polls, Pawlenty's political team turns insider heads While he's not climbing much in public opinion polls, a lot of Washington insiders consider Tim Pawlenty a top contender for next year's GOP nomination. Part of the reason for that may be the team he's been quietly assembling to help him run for president.7:23 a.m.
Study: Pharmaceutical chemicals widespread in Minn. streams Among the substances scientists most often found are the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole and carbamazepine, a drug used to treat atentionl deficit hyperactivity disorder, agency scientist Mark Ferrey said. They also found the antibiotic trimethoprim and anti-depressant compounds.8:25 a.m.
U of M officials plan for funding cuts, ending programs The wide ranging effort suggests some programs be cut or combined, while others be strengthened. The result will most likely mean a smaller University of Minnesota in the future that focuses more attention on fewer academic offerings.8:40 a.m.
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After Quake, Tsunami Hits Northeastern Japan
A powerful earthquake hit Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a giant tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Journalist Lucy Craft, who is in Tokyo, talks to Ari Shapiro about the quake, which rattled a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline.
8.9 Quake Triggers Tsunami Across Pacific Ocean
Japan's northeastern coast was slammed by a strong earthquake and tsunami Friday. It appears most of the damage was caused not by the ground-shaking but by the tsunami it generated. The tsunami is now sweeping across the Pacific Ocean.
Revisiting The Reagan Shooting In 'Rawhide Down'
In Rawhide Down, journalist Del Quentin Wilber offers new information about the March 1981 day that President Ronald Reagan was shot in Washington, D.C. Wilber and Jerry Parr, the head of Reagan's Secret Service detail at the time of the shooting, speak with NPR's Ari Shapiro.
The Other Fredette: Proud Brother, Aspiring Rapper
College basketball star Jimmer Fredette isn't the family's only rising star. His older brother, TJ, is an aspiring rapper whose song "Amazing," has become an anthem for Brigham Young University's breakout year and tells the story of the brothers' lives on and off the court.
Tense Hearing Probes Muslim Extremism In U.S.
Members of the House Homeland Security committee held a hearing on the radicalization of Muslims in America on Thursday, and quarreled among themselves about the value of the hearing. Some committee members said it could help prevent terror attacks. Other members saw it as disparaging Muslims.
Hispanic Population Grows Dramatically In California
California's latest race and ethnicity Census information was released this week. Leo Chavez, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, talks to Renee Montagne about how the Hispanic population of California has changed over the last 10 years.
'Black Ops' Leads Video Game Sales Boom
Americans spent nearly $1.4 billion on video game hardware, software and accessories last month. That's three percent higher than a year ago, according to the research group NPD.
Kinect: Fastest Selling Consumer Electronic Device
Microsoft has breathed new life into its Xbox 360 game player by pairing it with a new wireless controller called the Kinect. The company has sold more than 10 million Kinects since the product was introduced in November.
Social Robots Raise Moral, Ethical Questions
MIT professor Sherry Turkle talks to Ari Shapiro about the arrival of human companion robots. What are the limits and dangers of projecting human qualities onto social robots? Turkle is the author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other.
Sweden Tries To Make 'Snail Mail' Faster
Postal officials in Sweden came up with a way to get rid of paper stamps, and let people use mobile phones to pay for postage. Customers would text a payment, and then receive a text back with a code. They write the code on the item, and ship it off.