Essayist Peter Smith says a change is coming to Minnesota It's going to be another hot early August day today. In the farm fields sweet corn is growing rapidly. Back yard tomato plants are going full tilt across the region. But don't look now-- Minnesota essayist Peter Smith says a change is on the way.7:45 a.m.
Using tech to curb deaths on Minnesota's roadways The number of deaths on Minnesota's highways is at a six-decade low -- 421 last year -- due in large part to improved technology, experts say. There's a lot of technology just around the corner that will save even more lives.8:40 a.m.
Artist plans massive time-lapse of Minnesota State Fair Twin Cities artist Ochen Kaylan plans to make a film showing the activities at the fairgrounds before the fair starts until after it's over. Kaylan, an online editor at Minnesota Public Radio, hopes to show how the state fairgrounds transform every year into a gathering place for people from across the state.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraqis Cautious Ahead Of Major U.S. Troop Drawdown
The U.S. will formally declare an end to its combat mission in Iraq at the end of this month. Just 50,000 troops will remain in the country while the U.S. prepares a full withdrawal. So how do Iraqis feel about the impending drawdown?
Census Bureau Counts Pennies As Well As People
The nearly completed 2010 census is ending the fiscal year 22 percent under budget. That means the Commerce Department will be able to return more than $1.5 billion in unspent funds to the Treasury.
India's Mentally Ill Turn To Faith, Not Medicine
In India, there is only 1 psychiatrist for every 400,000 people, a recent study shows. It means that most people in India go untreated by doctors for substance abuse, severe depression and psychotic disorders. Instead, they turn to the gods.
Colorado's Hard-Fought Primaries Attract Attention
A pair of primary elections on Tuesday have political observers waiting for news from Colorado. Both the Republican and Democratic Senate primaries have turned into all-out brawls. Jody Strogoff, editor and publisher of the Colorado Statesman -- a weekly political newspaper, talks to Renee Montagne about the political drama.
Firms Help Workers Provide End-Of-Life Care
Juggling a caregiving role with a full-time job is daunting. But it can be even more difficult working during the end stages of a loved one's life. Some companies are exploring initiatives to help their employees manage the ultimate transition.
MTV's 'Teen Mom' Makes For Teaching Moments
Reality TV can mean anything from cooking competitions to parties on the Jersey shore. But on MTV a couple of shows are getting more real than most: 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom follow young girls through pregnancy and early motherhood -- and a lot of adults think the show's message is just what some teenage viewers need to hear.
Commerce Department Reports Incomes Fell
Many Americans saw their take home income fall last year. That's according to new numbers out from the Commerce Department. Incomes fell in 49 of the country's 52 biggest metropolitan areas. The only areas that saw incomes rise were Washington, DC, San Antonio, Texas and Virginia Beach, Va.
Skype Files IPO Documents With SEC
Internet phone services provider Skype plans to sell shares in an initial public offering. Skype's technology is very popular because it allows users to make free phone and video calls over the Internet. The company tentatively put the value of the offering at $100 million. But according to its filing with the SEC, Skype lost money in four out of the past five years.
Fed Watches For Signs Of Deflation
When Federal Reserve officials meet, the discussion usually focuses on inflation and how to restrain it. But at Tuesday's meeting, the conversation is likely to touch on growing fears of deflation -- a decline in wages and prices. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about whether the condition of the economy.
Study: Attractive Women Bypassed For Some Jobs
A new study from the University of Colorado says attractive women get overlooked when applying for jobs that are in traditionally male professions -- such as prison guards, tow-truck drivers and mechanical engineers. When given a stack of photos, study participants usually said the attractive women were less suitable for the jobs.