Love The Beach Boys? Meet "The Wrecking Crew" It's a little known fact that the music on most of the hit records coming out of California in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including chart-toppers from The Beach Boys, above, was played by the same group of musicians. A new documentary showing tonight in Minneapolis, "The Wrecking Crew," tells the story.6:25 a.m.
Should in-home daycare providers be unionized? Two committees in Minnesota's Republican-controlled state Senate hold a joint hearing tonight looking at an effort to unionize Minnesota's in-home daycare providers. DFL Governor Mark Dayton says he's considering whether to authorize providers to vote on forming such a union. Two in-home child care providers debate the issue with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer as part of our One on One series.7:20 a.m.
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The Fed's Latest Moves May Fall Flat, Experts Say
The Federal Reserve has announced a plan to drive long-term interest rates even lower. But with borrowers still too cautious to take on additional debt, will the move have a positive effect? Some experts say they're not holding their breath. "The Fed can only do so much," one analyst says.
Infrastructure Funds Benefit More Than The Economy
A number of U.S. mayors have been in Washington this week for meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Their message: We need help. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett was in the group from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cornett talks to David Greene about the needs of cities amid the debate over federal budget cuts.
Islamic Cultural Center Opens Near Ground Zero
The first phase of the Islamic Cultural Center near the World Trade Center has opened. Detractors have called it the ground zero mosque. As part of the opening for the Park51 center, invited guests got to see a photo exhibit of children from more than 160 countries who live in New York City.
Egypt's Political Turmoil Drives Foreign Tourists Away
Revolution and tourism don't mix. Just ask the Egyptians. The tourism industry is crucial for Egypt's economic well-being, but foreigners have been staying away since the upheaval in February that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
Obama Tries To Get Mideast Peace Talks Going Again
President Obama held separate meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday. Obama said there is no shortcut to Palestinian statehood. The administration is trying to revive peace negotiations.
Judge Dismisses Challenge To Election Monitoring
A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has upheld a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Shelby County, Ala., had sued to get out from under requirements that it send all of its election changes to the federal government for pre-approval to protect the interest of minority voters. A judge threw out the lawsuit saying that Congress had acted within its power under the Constitution.
WWII Survivor Stirs Literary World With 'Outrage'
One of the literary world's unexpected successes over the past year has been a book written by former French resistance fighter Stephane Hessel. In Time for Outrage, Hessel calls for young people to resist the injustices of today's world — and he seems to have struck a nerve.
UAW Talks With Chrysler Stall, Turn Focus To Ford
Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler have stalled. So the union is turning its focus to Ford. Meanwhile, workers at General Motors will start voting on their agreement that was reached last week.
IMF Lowers Britain's Economic Growth Assessment
The British government has rejected calls for an easing of its austerity policy in favor of a new fiscal stimulus for the economy. The IMF cut its growth forecasts for Britain on Wednesday — warning that the country was in danger of slipping into recession.