Working hard for clarinet dreams High School musician Bruce Cho is playing duing this week's Young People's Concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, an important step toward fulfilling his goal of becoming a professional musician.6:50 a.m.
Admission Possible A Twin Cities program is finding a way to get more low-income students into college.7:25 a.m.
Iraqi museum recovering five years after looting It was five years ago next week that looters ransacked the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. Shortly after the initial looting, then-Army-Reservist Cori Wegener was sent to Iraq to assess damage. Wegener is an associate curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and she's been working ever since to increase awareness about protecting cultural property. She spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:50 a.m.
Architecture big news in Minnesota this week With the death of Ralph Rapson and the Pritzker Prize being awarded to Jean Nouvel, architects and architecture have been in the news quite a bit this week. That has set Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola to thinking about the state of that particular art in Minnesota.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
FAA Whistleblowers: Southwest Probes Stymied
Two FAA inspectors accuse the agency of being too cozy with the airlines it oversees, after several carriers were forced to ground planes because of safety concerns. They say their probes of maintenance at Southwest were stymied.
United Grounds Fleet, Including White House Plane
United Airlines is the latest major U.S. carrier to ground planes due to questions about aircraft safety checks and maintenance. United grounded its fleet of 52 Boeing 777s and canceled 38 flights Wednesday. Among the planes that need to be inspected is the White House press charter plane.
China's Labor Advances May Affect U.S. Prices
Today, Chinese workers have a wider choice of places to work and are more aware of their rights. Their demands for fair treatment and better pay may translate to higher prices for imported Chinese goods in America.
Opposition Wins Control of Parliament in Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe's party has lost control of parliament. However, election officials still haven't announced the outcome of last weekend's presidential election, and there is a possibility of a second round of voting.
Five Myths About Drinking Water
Is bottled water better for you than tap? Or should you choose vitamin-enriched water over sparkling? Experts say, skip it all. None of these products are likely to make you any healthier.
Doctor-Patient 'Web Visits' Spur Privacy Concerns
As more doctors go online to communicate with patients, two of the country's biggest health insurers have started reimbursing patients for the Internet visits. But critics say the online advising could lead to errors, and patient privacy could be compromised.
Toshiba Plans Nuclear Reactors in U.S.
The Japanese company Toshiba says it is finalizing deals with two U.S. energy companies to build four new nuclear power reactors worth about $14 billion. According to reports, two of the reactors could be in Georgia, the other two in South Carolina.
BlackBerry Sales Beat Expectations
Despite the slowing economy, sales of BlackBerry devices are booming. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it added more than 2 million new subscribers in the first three months of the year.
'Parenting Inc.' Charts Rising Costs of Baby Gear
Traditional baby products have skyrocketed in price, with some strollers and cribs retailing for thousands of dollars. Pamela Paul's new book, Parenting Inc, describes how companies convince parents to pay so much for baby goods that end up cluttering their homes.
Apple Inc. Sues Big Apple over Green Logo
Officials in New York City launched a new campaign to encourage residents to save energy and be more environmentally conscious — with a green, stylized version of an apple as their logo. Now the company that makes Macs, iPods and iPhones is suing the city for trademark infringement.