New book tells story of a "company town" A new book takes a look at the history and the legacy of a "company town" in northeastern Minnesota. Morgan Park was a community planned and built by U.S. Steel, the largest single employer in Duluth for much of the 20th century. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Arnold Alanen, author of the book.7:50 a.m.
Church Ladies musical running at Plymouth Playhouse "Church Basement Ladies 2" is now onstage at the Plymouth Playhouse. The locally-created musical is one of the best examples of made-in-Minnesota shows that have gone on to long lucrative runs here and in other parts of the country. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola talks about the little show and its big expectations.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Anbar's Turnaround Surprises U.S. General
Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly, who commands forces in western Iraq, says al-Anbar province is still dangerous, but the improvements made in the last year have been startling. He says the area is now thriving with commerce.
New Tool Reassesses Osteoporosis Risk
An online calculator created by the World Health Organization takes into account bone density as well as nine specific risk factors, such as smoking and alcohol use.
Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Kitchen Story
Niloufer Ichaporia King lives in a house with three kitchens. She is known for her ritual celebrations of Parsi New Year on the first day of spring, when she creates an elaborate ceremonial meal based on the auspicious foods and traditions of her vanishing culture.
Bulgaria to Auction WWII Nazi Tanks
Collectors of vintage military vehicles are already lining up to bid on some of the more than 40 Nazi German tanks that were once used to protect Bulgaria's southern border during the Cold War.
Jailed Milwaukee Alderman Runs for Re-Election
A one-term Milwaukee alderman has been sitting in jail since his arrest last Memorial Day. But that hasn't stopped him from running a re-election campaign — or drawing widespread support.
Doctors' 'Treat the Numbers' Approach Challenged
It can take scientists a decade or more to determine whether a drug actually works. In the meantime, doctors rely on other measures, like testing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, to determine whether a drug is having positive effects. But recent studies challenge the practice of prescribing medicine based on certain test results.
Borders Book Store Chain Seeks a Buyer
Borders is exploring the possibility of putting itself up for sale. It's having a hard time fending off competition from No. 1 book store chain Barnes and Noble, the Wal-Mart book aisle and online book sellers. Borders' stock price has fallen 66 percent since last year.
Fidelity Resists Pressure to Break Sudan Ties
Shareholder activists continue to target the government of Sudan for its actions in Darfur, and a number of states have responded by passing Sudan divestment laws. But the attempt at financial pressure isn't gaining much traction in the mutual fund industry.
Starbucks Plans New Drinks, New Discounts
Starbucks isn't selling as many cups of coffee as it once was. Former CEO Howard Schultz is back at the helm, trying to turn around sagging sales. He is making dramatic changes, including new machines, new prices and even new coffee.