The pumpkin pie lady Homemade pumpkin pies will be on lots of Thanksgiving day tables for dessert. And whether they know it or not, the pie eaters in our region have Minnesota's Marian Biersdorf to thank for blazing a culinary trail. Thirty years ago Biersdorf used her college training and the memory of her mother's recipe to create what many of us know as the traditional pumpkin pie.7:40 a.m.
Airport travel smooth in the morning It's the day before Thanksgiving and we're starting off one of the busiest travel days of the year. Out at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, the initial rush of travelers is actually easing.7:45 a.m.
Test for manganese underway A Minnesota company called Cooperative Mineral Resources started work last week on a demonstration project to test a new way to extract manganese ore. It's happening in the tiny town of Emily, in north central Minnesota. The ground beneath the town is believed to contain a mother lode of manganese.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Opt-Out Day' Could Clog Airport Security Lines
Wednesday is one of the busiest travel day of the year. It's also National Opt-Out Day -- when some air travelers say they'll opt out of the new full-body scanners at airports. If enough of them go through with that plan, things could get pretty complicated in those long airport security lines.
Portugal May Be Next To Need EU Rescue Package
Striking unions in Portugal are protesting the government's austerity measures. Parliament is expected to vote on the plan Friday. Portugal is one of the European countries facing massive problems caused by its national debt. Many Portuguese are angered by the government's plans to freeze pensions and cut the wages of civil servants by five percent.
In Cairo Slum, Little Hope For Change
The people have grown cynical over the years and no longer get their hopes up when government officials and journalists come around to ask about life here.
In 'Tangled,' A Fairy-Tale Princess Unleashed
Disney's 50th animated film, Tangled, follows a feisty Princess Rapunzel as she escapes from Mother Gothel's tower and travels with a vain thief named Flynn to reach the palace festival -- accompanied by a wise chameleon, a disgruntled horse and her 70 feet of magical hair.
China's 'Little Emperors' Lucky, Yet Lonely In Life
A world with no siblings is the reality for tens of millions of young urban Chinese, born since the one-child policy was introduced in 1976. Now, they are dealing with unique challenges when it comes to their own relationships and families.
When One Sibling Is Developmentally Disabled
Commentator Daphne Beal is coming to grips with the fact she's not going to her parents' house for Thanksgiving and seeing her sister Cecily, who is developmentally disabled and legally blind. But in the absence of Daphne's young children, Cecily will be the center of attention again.
Feds Make Arrest In Insider Trading Investigation
Authorities have sent subpoenas demanding information from the major mutual fund Janus Capital Group, along with two of the country's biggest hedge funds, SAC and Citadel. Wednesday's arrest involves a New Jersey man who arranged for employees at publicly traded companies to provide inside information to hedge funds so they could trade on that information and make a profit.
Holiday Shoppers Watch Budgets, Look For Deals
Consumers are expected to spend a little more this holiday season than last year. But they're doggedly looking online and at social media sites to compare prices, read reviews and get gift ideas. Many shoppers also expect to use their mobile devices for assistance.
Inventor Of Full-Body Scanner Surprised By Opt-Out
The inventor of the full body scanner -- the device at the center of the controversy over airport screening technology -- says he doesn't know what the fuss is all about. He is especially surprised by the fears there’s too much radiation.