New book makes the case that Bob Dylan has a great voice A new book from the University of Minnesota Press explores many facets of Dylan's life and legacy. Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan's Road from Minnesota to the World" touches on everything from Dylan's youth on Minnesota's Iron Range to his emergence as one of the most influential musicians in the world.6:45 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Americans often seek cancer treatment in Mexico Authorities suspect Daniel and Colleen Hauser are in Mexico seeking alternative treatment for his Hodgkin's lymphoma. But among its practitioners, there is wide disagreement over whether alternative medicine alone can stop cancer.7:20 a.m.
Nursing jobs down in recession Conventional wisdom says health care-related fields like nursing are safe havens in a recession. But nurses aren't immune from job cuts.7:25 a.m.
Refugees Candid About Pakistan's Problems
As fear subsides among those displaced by Pakistan's army offensive against Islamic extremists, many repudiate the Taliban's abuses and are scathing about the government's failure to prepare for Pakistan's biggest displacement of people since partition.
Israeli Settlers Say They'll Keep Building
Israeli authorities demolished an illegal Jewish settlement outpost Thursday in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians hope to have their future state. The action came just days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned from a visit to Washington, where he heard an appeal from President Obama for a halt to settlement expansion.
Treasury Pours Billions More Into GMAC
The government is providing auto lender GMAC Financial Services with $7.5 billion in additional aid to keep loans flowing to would-be buyers of GM and Chrysler vehicles. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says it'll help stabilize the auto financing market, which should help the economy.
French Open Fans Hope For Federer-Nadal Final
In Paris, a new chapter in one of sport's greatest rivalries begins this weekend at the French Open. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have switched positions at the top of men's tennis. The transition from Federer, the former No. 1, to Nadal, the current top dog, has featured epic matches and displays of raw emotion.
House Panel Approves Climate Change Bill
Congress took a big step toward passing a climate change bill Thursday night. A House committee approved a sweeping measure that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution 17 percent by the year 2020. It would also promote the production of a lot more electricity from renewable power — like wind and solar.
U.S. Envoy To Afghanistan Has Seen War Up Close
Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is a former Army general who — not too long ago — led the coalition war against the Taliban. These days, he tries to strike the right balance between force and diplomacy in explaining U.S. policy and actions in Afghanistan.
Suu Kyi Trial Continues In Myanmar
In Myanmar, the trial of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has gone on for five days. She is charged with violating her house arrest. NPR's correspondent, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, has been in the country for a week. He talks with Steve Inskeep about the trial.
Florida's BankUnited Is 34th Bank Failure This Year
Dozens of federal regulators entered the headquarters of BankUnited in Coral Gables, Fla., Thursday and seized the troubled thrift. The institution failed under the weight of risky mortgages that went sour. Its closure will drain nearly $5 billion from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The FDIC sold it to a group of private equity investors.
Ursula Burns To Succeed Mulcahy As Xerox CEO
Xerox announced Thursday that CEO Anne Mulcahy will retire July 1. She will be succeeded by Ursula Burns, the printer and copier maker's president. Under Burns, Xerox will be the largest U.S. company to be headed by a black woman.
Will Credit Card Law Alter Consumers' Behavior?
President Obama signs legislation Friday aimed at overhauling the credit card industry. The measure bans certain practices, and forces companies to present information to consumers in ways that are calculated to change consumers' behavior. Behind this strategy is something called "behavioral economics." David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep about the strategy.