Austerity marks Minnesota theater in 2010 2010 was a challenging year on many fronts, and though the Twin Cities theater scene certainly had its share of travails, there were some bright spots along the way.8:25 a.m.
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The Year In Health Care Policy: A Topsy-Turvy Ride
From its dramatic passage to efforts to repeal it or have it declared unconstitutional, the most sweeping change to federal health law in more than 40 years roiled the nation's politics in 2010. It promises to continue to do so into 2011.
House Freshman Gosar Wants Health Law Repealed
Capitol Hill has 85 new House Republicans, nearly half of them political rookies. This week Morning Edition is profiling some of the incoming GOP freshmen. Among them is Paul Gosar, a dentist from Arizona, who wants the health care law repealed.
The Long View: Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Kitchen
Beloved chef Madhur Jaffrey prepared for a life on stage and screen as an actress — but her longing for the food of her childhood led her to her other career. She looks back on her days in film and in the kitchen with NPR's Renee Montagne.
Defense-Related Businesses Try To Survive Cutbacks
With cuts in the military budget coming in the new year, small defense-related businesses are trying to stay afloat. At a recent conference in Maryland, representatives from more than 250 of those businesses gathered to get tips on how to survive the cuts.
When Does Moderate Drinking Become A Problem?
Some drinkers consume more than what's considered safe, but less than what's considered risky -- what researchers call the "gray zone" of alcohol consumption. Studying this gray zone of drinking may explain who's at risk for problems and who's not.
Parenting Style Plays Key Role In Teen Drinking
Friends play a big role in a teen's decision to take that first drink. But researchers at Brigham Young University have found that teenagers who grow up with parents who are either too strict or too indulgent tend to binge drink more than their peers.
Oil Prices Higher, China Raises Interest Rates
A barrel of oil costs just under $92. That's the highest price oil has reached since October of 2008. The surge comes after an OPEC meeting over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Chinese government raised interest rates over the weekend for the second time in two months. It's an attempt to fight rising inflation.
Light Rail Transforming Cities, Guiding Development
There are 35 light rail systems operating in the U.S. today. At least 13 metro areas are currently building others, and many more are being planned. Cities see light rail as a way to reshape their development.
Whitney Museum Tries New Approach To Fundraising
New York's Whitney Museum of American Art is in the midst of a fund drive. Instead of just asking for money, the museum is trying something new. It's a video game called Clickistan. For those who complete the game, there's a payoff of sorts. It asks for donations for the Whitney, in amounts ranging from $10 to $10,000.
Foreclosures Still Dragging Down Housing, Economy
Home sales, home prices and home building remain depressed -- just as they were at the start of the year. Part of the problem is the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Government efforts to help homeowners like Debra Dahlmer of Gloucester, Mass., get loan modifications haven't lived up to expectations.