Artists ease the pains of recovery People who suffer from chronic illness or debilitating trauma are often also afflicted by depression, deep frustration and low self-esteem. However a new program in the HealthEast network of hospitals is finding they can better improve their patients moods, and as a result, their health, through art.6:45 a.m.
Bonding and education top issues this week at the Capitol The state House takes up a bonding bill today aimed at getting some construction projects underway throughout the state. The Senate is expected to vote on an education bill that cuts spending on public schools and raises taxes this week.7:20 a.m.
Fargo-Moorhead waits for the next crest People in Fargo-Moorhead are waiting for the second crest of the Red River. It's expected to come in about two weeks, and it could be as high or higher than last week's record crest.7:40 a.m.
Monday Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio News Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell says the official 8.5 percent unemployment rate belies an even bleaker economic picture.8:25 a.m.
Twins 'quietly confident,' sportswriter says The Twins came within one game of winning the American League Central Division last year. This year, as the team prepares for its opening game Monday night, sportswriter Phil Miller says the roster looks even stronger.8:35 a.m.
'Buy local' can be bad economics A new Twin Cities-based Web site encourages people to pick three local businesses and spend $50 at each of them every month. Organizers claim that will help the whole local economy. But economist Louis Johnston says buying local doesn't necessarily make economic sense.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Mending Relations With Turkey
President Obama is on a two-day visit to Turkey to try to rebuild ties with the secular Muslim ally that was deeply alienated by Bush administration foreign policies. Turkey seems ready to welcome the new American leader, but Obama may have to negotiate through some tough spots along the way.
North Korean Launch Grabs World's Attention
The U.N. Security Council is seeking a unified response to North Korea's defiant launch of a rocket over the weekend. The North claims it launched a satellite, but the U.S. and South Korea say the rocket, and whatever was on it, crashed into the Pacific.
Budget Chief Peter Orszag: Obama's 'Super-Nerd'
As director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag has the job of being the president's chief number-cruncher. But he is also known for his skill in public relations, making him a rare breed in Washington.
Postal Deficit Grounds Wilderness Mail
The U.S. Postal Service, facing a $6 billion deficit, has decided to end the last remaining backcountry airmail service in the lower 48 states. The service that some see as a crucial lifeline in Idaho's backcountry is scheduled to stop June 30.
Willpower: A Game Of Strategy
Willpower is a familiar phrase, but what is it really and where does it come from? What happens in the mind when you resist your impulses in the face of temptation? One researcher used marshmallows and a bunch of 4-year-olds to answer those questions.
Staying Fit After Marathon Days Are Over
There comes an age in every marathoner's life when the body says it's time to hang up the running shoes. Still, there's plenty you can do to stay athletic and fit.
Airlines Had Best Quality Performance In 4 Years
A new study shows that in 2008, airlines had their best quality performance in four years. Airlines lost less baggage, bumped fewer passengers and had fewer delays. Topping the list with the fewest overall consumer complaints was Southwest Airlines.
Kiplinger: Investors Shouldn't Bury Their Heads
This past year has been disastrous for many individual investors. Some have just stopped looking at their investment portfolios. Knight Kiplinger, editor-in-chief of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, talks with Ari Shapiro about what investors should be doing now — including pulling their heads out of the sand.
Candy Company Makes Its Own Sweet Travel Deals
The small New York chocolate company Sweet Riot knows how to bargain travel. The candy upstart recently sent five people on a trip to trade shows in San Francisco and Sundance, Utah. Here's how they did it on the cheap: They crammed five people — including the CEO — into one hotel room, which they snagged on Priceline for $50, and they paid the shuttle bus driver partly in chocolate.