MacPhail's new Center for Music The century-old MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis is moving to a new home. It leaves a deteriorating building designed to be a department store to go to a state-of-the-art-facility designed with music education and the community in mind.6:25 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley
University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses weather history and looks ahead to a warm-up this weekend.6:55 a.m.
Presidential candidates look to next contests Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama were the winners in the Iowa presidential caucuses. Now, it's on to New Hampshire. On Feb. 5, Minnesota will get its turn. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR reporter Tom Scheck for a look ahead.7:20 a.m.
When politicians leave, Iowa can return to normal Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, presidential candidates, staffers and the news media are leaving the state in droves. Many are headed to New Hampshire, the site of the next big contest. Commentator Peter Smith says now Iowa can recover.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Three Gorges History Drowning in Rising Reservoir
The rising reservoir from the Three Gorges Dam will cover 400 square miles of land, including a number of rich historic and cultural sites. The Chinese government has spent far less money on cultural preservation than on environmental protection and relocating residents.
Discovering a Mother's Hidden Talent
One day when she was in kindergarten, Cynthia Rahn realized she had forgotten to do an assignment. All hope seemed lost — until she made an unbelievable discovery on the kitchen table the next morning. What she found there revealed her mother's secret talent.
Obit Writing: Getting to the Heart of Things
Ann Wroe dreams of death and writes of life. The obituary editor for The Economist magazine says she likes to "get to the point" of a person's life story. Hunter S. Thompson's obit led with guns. Anna Nicole Smith's prominently spoke of Breasts, with a capital B.
Obama, Huckabee Trounce Rivals in Iowa
Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat, win decisive victories in the Iowa caucuses. Obama won by a nine-point margin over John Edwards and Hillary Clinton. Huckabee beat Mitt Romney.
How Obama, Huckabee Pulled Off Win in Iowa
Barack Obama's campaign message resonates with women while Huckabee strikes a chord with conservatives. The presidential hopefuls head to New Hampshire for primaries on Jan. 8, leaving no time for the candidates to reshape their messages or raise more money.
The Rules of Attraction May Turn on Our Voices
Anthropologist Coren Apicella hoped to learn the role a person's voice plays in his or her attractiveness to potential mates. By making recordings of men and women, Apicella discovered that the tone of one's voice can play a crucial role in how people select a mate.
Iowa Caucuses Shift Political Landscape
The political landscape has been remade ahead of the New Hampshire primaries next week. The win for Barack Obama redefines the Democratic contest, as he was backed by a variety of constituents. Mike Huckabee's boost comes from conservative voters and a strong turnout.
Iowans Have Their Say in Caucuses
In the small farming community of Nevada, Iowa, the results of caucuses to pick a presidential party nominee didn't match the rest of the state. The well-attended caucuses included many new participants. Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee won the state's caucuses.
Toyota Replaces Ford at No. 2 in U.S. Sales
Japanese automaker Toyota is already contending with General Motors to be the biggest in the world. Here's another milestone for Toyota: Within the U.S. market Toyota became the second biggest seller, knocking Ford out of the No. 2 spot that it has held for three-quarters of a century.
Unemployment Hits 5 Percent on Low Job Creation
Unemployment is now at a two-year high of 5 percent, as the Labor Department's latest jobs report shows that very few jobs were added to the U.S. economy in December. The news, released Friday, will likely raise more fears of a recession. Economists had been expecting a net increase of about 70,000 jobs.