David Campbell tells us what's happening on the local music scene David Campbell, host of The Local Show on The Current, talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about what's new on the local music scene. He tells us about 18-year-old John Mark Nelson who has a new record coming out this month. Plus Grant Cutler and Abby Wolf have teamed up to form the new group Wolf Lords. They play tonight at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis.6:25 a.m.
Meteorologist Edwards says just how hot July was in Minnesota Meteorologist Craig Edwards filled in for climatologist Mark Seeley for the weather on Friday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer and Edwards spoke about the second warmest July in much of Minnesota ever. He also says it looks like temperatures will be above normal in August.6:55 a.m.
Wild (Mid)West: Cowboy mounted shooting takes aim in Minn. A growing number of Minnesotans are competing in a little-known sport called cowboy mounted shooting, an activity that attracts participants who have a hankering for the Wild West. Cowboy mounted shooting combines horses, guns and split-second timing.7:20 a.m.
Do cities change the weather? How storms behave when they interact with a city is the subject of a new NASA-funded study. The project will explore how things like buildings and urban pollution can alter a storm's intensity and direction. Cities in the Great Plains, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, will be observed by a team of researchers from around the Midwest. One member of the team is University of Minnesota professor Laura Musacchio. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Musacchio, who's a landscape ecologist, and who will help translate the conclusions the scientists make into useful planning for cities.7:25 a.m.
New book explores the lives of Ojibwe elders Duluth's Holy Cow! Press is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the release of its most monumental work to date. The new book, "Spirit of the Ojibwe," is a comprehensive look at the history of a Wisconsin band of Ojibwe Indians.7:40 a.m.
Couples collaborate on rom-com with a dark side One of the more successful romantic comedies in recent years is the result of a collaboration between two high-powered real-life couples. When Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano realized they had a script about a writer who created his own perfect girlfriend, they turned to the husband-and-wife team behind "Little Miss Sunshine." Kazan and Dano were in the Twin Cities recently to introduce the film.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please'
A bipartisan group of governors is pushing U.S. automakers to build a sedan that runs on compressed natural gas. The states say they will buy them in large quantities as they replace their current fleets. The governors say the cars would cost less to run, cut pollution and create jobs. And it would boost demand for natural gas, which has seen a plummet in price.
U.S. Swims Deeper Into The Record Books
Michael Phelps won his 20th Olympic medal, the gold, in his last race with Ryan Lochte, who took the silver. Rebecca Soni won a gold, as well. All in all, it was a good day for American swimmers. NPR's Howard Berkes reports from London.
London Olympics' Record-Setting First Week
The London Olympics have produced lots of fascinating moments in its early days. Records have been shattered, rules have been broken. And it's only the first week. NPR's Mike Pesca has been covering the games and joins Steve Inskeep.
Nursing Schools Brace For Faculty Shortage
Over the next few years, the Affordable Care Act will probably boost demand for nurses to take care of the newly insured. But with many nursing faculty retiring, and not enough in the pipeline, nursing schools will have a challenge training the next generation of nurses.
Against All Odds, You 'Swim Your Own Race'
Poet Mbali Vilakazi pays tribute to South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games. For Vilakazi, du Toit's accomplishment is "everything the Olympics represent ... the triumph of the human spirit."
NASA Rover To Explore The Red Planet
A NASA rover called "Curiosity" is approaching Mars. After a more than eight-month journey, it's set to land on Mars late Sunday night. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report.
As Kofi Annan Steps Down, What's In Store For Syria?
Kofi Annan will step down at the end of the month from his post as UN-Arab League envoy for Syria. Annan's resignation is the latest blow to the faltering efforts to find a solution to the crisis in Syria. Steve Inskeep talks about the implications with Robert Malley of the International Crisis Group.
Back From Abroad, Romney Hits The Road In Colo.
Mitt Romney campaigned Thursday in Colorado, the first domestic appearances since returning from his trip to Europe and the Middle East. He huddled with Republican governors who heaped praise on him in Aspen, where he also held a fundraiser. And, NPR's Brian Naylor reports, he addressed a rally in a Denver suburb.
A Bad Day For The Royal Bank Of Scotland
RBS, the Royal Bank of Scotland, is already in a tough spot. It's among several banks being investigated for allegedly rigging the interbank lending rate known as LIBOR. As Steve Inskeep reports, Friday it warned that it faced several potential lawsuits over those allegations.