Warm weather in December
Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about the unusually warm temperatures for this time of year.6:55 a.m.
DNR stuggles to place showcase ATV trail The Minnesota DNR is scrambling to find a place to put a showcase 70-mile ATV trail. Four counties are vying to host the trail. But public opposition continues to crop up.7:20 a.m.
Final days at the Ford plant As the Ford plant prepares for a permanent shut-down in 2008, half of the workforce leaves the plant today. One worker has some final parting words about his time at Ford.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Dream World to Cosmopolis: Authors' Shanghai
Shanghai is changing at breakneck speed. That transformation, along with the hope, fear, greed and nostalgia that it engenders, is the stuff of novels. Three authors talk about the inspiration that China's most exciting city provides them.
When It Comes to the Spacewalk, Size Matters
This weekend, Sunita Williams is set to become one of the few women to ever walk in space. That's because NASA's million-dollar spacesuits only come in medium, large, and most recently, extra-large.
Great American Writers and Their Cocktails
Famous writers and their drinks are inseparable, despite the price some paid for the vice. Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide delves into the drinking habits of America's top writers to reveal their favorite cocktails. Steve Inskeep talks with author Mark Bailey and illustrator Edward Hemingway, the great writer's grandson.
Voters Remain Angry at GOP, NPR Poll Shows
Voters are feeling more positive about the Democratic Party than about the Republicans as the GOP prepares to hand over control of Congress, according to a new NPR poll. Voters are still angry, mostly at Republicans, GOP pollster Glen Bolger says.
Sen. Sununu on the U.S. Policy in Iraq
Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) says he largely agrees with the conclusions of the the Iraq Study Group. Sununu's opinion is worth noting because he sits on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which includes oversight of Iraq policy in its brief.
U.S. Death Sentences Hit 30-Year Low
Fewer people were sentenced to die this year in the United States than in any of the past 30 years. Juries sentenced 114 people to death row this year. In 1999, they sentenced 283. Death penalty opponents are calling it a turning point.
'Dreamgirls' Is a Triumph of Old School Glamour
Based loosely on the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Dreamgirls is alive with the sound of music. It's a love song two times over, a tribute to both a vibrant period of American popular music and the big-budget Hollywood musical.
Automakers Celebrate Decision to End Steel Tariffs
U.S. and foreign carmakers are celebrating a decision to end most tariffs on imports of high-grade steel. Many steel producers argued that ending the tariffs would turn the U.S. into a dumping ground for foreign steel sold at below-market prices. Automakers say the tariffs cost the industry an additional $3 billion in recent years.
SEC Requires Clear Disclosure of Executive Pay
Many companies have become experts at disclosing executive pay as obliquely as possible. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is requiring them to clearly explain their compensation practices in plain English.