New campaign hopes to rebrand the Twin Cities Before the spotlight shines on the Twin Cities for the Republican National Convention, the people who live here need to shed their stoic Midwestern ways and start bragging. At least, that is the message of a new branding campaign intended to "reposition" the Twin Cities as a national destination.7:20 a.m.
Federal Reserve makes surprise interest rate cut The Federal Reserve this morning cut a key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point. The move came on the heels of a sharp plunge in global markets on Monday. Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
A New Batch of Under-the-Radar Books
Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl returns with another set of titles you should be reading but haven't (yet). The latest batch features the story of three royal cousins, tales of wild animal adventures and a pun-filled picture book for younger readers.
Muslim Activist Critical of 'Multicultural Mistake'
Women's rights lawyer Seyran Ates, a Turk who grew up in Berlin, blames the rise of political Islam in Europe in part on what she calls excessive tolerance of repressive traditions in minority cultures and a widespread resistance to integration.
In a Strategic Reversal, Dutch Embrace Floods
The Dutch have historically gone to great lengths to keep the water out of their low-lying country. But anticipated sea-level rise from global warming is causing them to take a dramatically different approach: Let the water go where it wants.
Clinton, Obama Trade Blows in South Carolina
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama sparred Monday night at a Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Each accused the other of deliberately distorting the truth for political gain.
GOP Hopefuls Fight over Wide-Open Florida
Republican presidential candidates are trying new tactics in the run-up to Florida's GOP primary. Polls show a tight four-way race between John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani.
Oscar Nods Arrive; Will a Show Follow?
As Oscar nominees are announced, uncertainty remains over the fate of the annual ceremony. The ongoing writers' strike could short-circuit the awards show.
Former U.N. Chief Tackles Kenya's Crisis
Kofi Annan, the one-time U.N. secretary-general, arrives in Kenya on Tuesday to address deadly post-election violence. President Mwai Kibaki returned to power last month amid cries from the opposition that the election was rigged.
Climate Change Fuels Debate over Hurricane Threat
Members of the American Meteorological Society are meeting in New Orleans. There is a debate over whether warmer water, caused by climate change, will cause more destructive hurricanes like Katrina.
Asian Markets Continue Alarming Fall
For the second day in a row, fears of a U.S. recession are driving stock prices lower in Asia. Japan's stock index fell more steeply than at any time since the Sept. 11 attacks. European markets, hit hard Monday, were showing mixed results Tuesday.
Plan Approved for Rescue of U.K. Bank
The British Treasury guarantees a $50 billion bond offer by troubled mortgage lender Northern Rock. But the government's plan is not without critics.