Profiles of the five women artists "In Her Own Right: Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists," showcases the work of five important Minnesota artists. Here are biographies of these women.7:55 a.m.
Growing up on Harry Potter On Saturday, at one minute past midnight, the waiting will end for millions of fans around the world. The seventh and final Harry Potter book will be released. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with some Minnesotans who have been reading the series since the very first book came out in 1998.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Sunshine': Space Opera with a Dark Cloud or Two
Brightness has never seemed as menacing as it does in Sunshine, a sci-fi nail-biter about a future Earth's scramble to reignite a dying sun. It's the latest from 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle.
Beckham Comes Kicking; Is America Ready?
David Beckham plays his first game for the L.A. Galaxy Saturday. Tremendous media hype has greeted the soccer star's move from England with his "Posh" wife Victoria and family. Will Beckham fill stadiums and bend Americans into soccer fans?
Auto Workers Union Preps for Detroit Showdown
On Friday, the United Auto Workers begins some of the toughest contract talks in its seven-decade history. Past UAW leaders went to the bargaining table with a list of new demands. These days, the union just hopes to protect what it has.
Health Care Mediators Beset with Difficult Choices
Spending on health care has skyrocketed for employers and the average American family. Len Nichols, an economist at the New America Foundation, says reducing reliance on employers for health care requires a commitment from government.
No Deadline Set as N. Korea Nuclear Talks Break
Six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue end for now, but negotiators are unable to agree on a firm deadline for N. Korea to disable nuclear facilities after the shutdown of its top reactor. Envoys reconvene in September.
Vick's Shoe Deal Survives Dogfighting Charges
Michael Vick of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons is one of four men accused of a role in an illegal dogfighting ring. Endorser Nike says it will continue its deal with Vick, but will delay the release of a new shoe.
Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone at Odds With Heir
Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and his daughter and heir-apparent Shari Redstone are at odds, reports The Wall Street Journal. The rift is raising questions about future control of the media empire, which includes CBS Corp.
What Does the Rise of the Dow Really Mean?
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 14,000 for the first time. But does 14,000 actually mean anything? David Leonhardt, columnist for The New York Times, doesn't think so, since the price of everything rises due to inflation.