West Bank festival has Pan-African vision Organizers are developing the Twin Cities' first Pan-African cultural festival. "Afrifest" is designed to introduce Minnesota's African immigrants to each other and the larger population.6:50 a.m.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley about some contrasting outlooks for summer weather.6:55 a.m.
House speaker: Talks stuck in "neutral" With time running out in the regular legislative session Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders will continue their closed-door meetings Friday.7:20 a.m.
Sue Ahrendt's blog of fire Campers and paddlers from around the country have been keeping up with the Ham Lake fire by checking on outfitters' blogs.7:25 a.m.
The latest trend in education: Unschooling Unschooling is an unstructured approach to education. Children don't have classes, text books or teachers. Instead they pick their own areas to study. They learn about the world by living in it.7:52 a.m.
Parenting in public A new Minnesota Public Radio program called "How's the Family?" is about the families we're born into, the families we choose and, in the case of the debut broadcast, the families that are thrust upon us.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
British Prime Minister Tony Blair Defends Iraq War
Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair defends his decision to support the United States in the invasion of Iraq in an exclusive interview with NPR News. He adds that he believes the only way terrorism can be defeated is "not through force of arms, but through the force of ideas."
Report: Spending on Judicial Elections Soaring
A new report shows a dramatic increase in special interest money being spent on judicial elections. The nonpartisan group Justice at Stake says it found that business interests spend twice as much money on state high-court elections as all other groups combined, including lawyers.
Landis Doping Hearing Takes Twist
Former Tour de France champ Greg LeMond says he received threatening phone calls aimed at preventing his testimony at a hearing on doping allegations against American cyclist Floyd Landis. Also, LeMond says that he urged Landis in August to be truthful if he did use a banned substance.
Words of Wisdom at Graduation
Inspiring words will accompany the nation's youth as they move out into the world. Commencement season is here, and the rich and notable are at the lecturn. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were among them. Albright quizzed students about where leadership starts.
Morehouse President Walter Masey to Retire
Morehouse College President Walter Massey is set to speak to graduates for the final time this weekend. He's due to retire this summer after 12 years. The all-male, historically black college has such notable alumni as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Spike Lee. Massey himself attended Morehouse, arriving when he was just 16.
Bernanke Pledges Crackdown on Subprime Mortgages
The rising numbers of housing foreclosures and defaults due to subprime mortgages is weighing on the minds of economists. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that the Fed would do everything possible to crack down on abuses in the subprime mortgage market.
Can Money Really Make You Happy?
Americans' level of happiness is relatively stable. More money tends to make one happy for the short term. But after adapting to a situation, happiness tends to fade, says Wall Street Journal columnist Jonathan Clements.
Prozac the Most Widely Used Antidepressant
Prozac, often called the "happy drug," is the most widely used antidepressant in history with 54 million prescriptions. This week, Prozac turns 20. These days, the drug is prescribed for a lot of conditions, ranging from obsessive-compulsive disorder to a mild case of the teenage blues. Even veterinarians prescribe it to panicking parrots, pacing polar bears and destructive dogs.
Immigration Deal Cheered, Questioned
The White House and a bipartisan group of senators have reached a deal on a sweeping bill that moves Congress closer to passing a long-debated overhaul of immigration policy. But critics on both sides say they find parts of the bill unworkable and troubling.