Art Hounds: Karel Funk, MnOrch and 'Bomp' This week the 'hounds' are on the trail of a Minneapolis dance "happening," a Rochester painting exhibiton in which the artist is part photo-realist, part "Dutch Master," and a MnOrch concert featuring one of the world's finest symphonists.8:25 a.m.
Wider measure of unemployment paints darker picture The official U.S. unemployment rate is 8.9 percent. But the government has another measure that tell a truer story of how American workers are faring. By that measure, the unemployment rate is nearly 16 percent.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Administration Designing Mideast Policy
President Obama hosts the president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on Thursday. It's the latest in a series of meetings as he tries to put together a comprehensive policy for the Middle East. Besides trying to negotiate an Israel-Palestinian peace agreement, there are other issues that people in the region will be watching.
Ramallah: West Bank's Boomtown
Palestinians hope that Jerusalem will one day be the capital of their future state. But for now, the West Bank city of Ramallah serves as the Palestinians' political, commercial and cultural capital. And this once sleepy city is taking off.
A Pop Idol Writer For China's New Generation
Author Guo Jingming, 25, is a pop icon in China. His work has been attacked for commercialism and narcissism, the very criticism often directed at China's generation of only children under the one-child policy. But his popularity is unmistakable: He reportedly has earned $3.5 million in the past two years as the nation's top-selling author.
Journalists Go To New York To Collect Pulitzers
Journalists from across the country will be awarded one of the most coveted prizes in journalism Thursday — the Pulitzer. Alexandra Berzon of the Las Vegas Sun will receive her Pulitzer for public service. Berzon talks with Steve Inskeep about her award-winning stories on construction deaths on the Las Vegas strip.
White House Creates Office Of Innovation
The Obama administration has created the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. The idea is for the government to work with nonprofit organizations to identify programs that have had proven success in tackling social problems, such as homelessness and joblessness, and then to expand those programs across the country. The office will in effect provide seed money for the most innovative ideas.
After 50 Years, Space Monkeys Not Forgotten
In 1959, the United States finally succeeded in sending monkeys into space and bringing them home alive. Two years before any humans, Able and Baker were launched about 360 miles up and experienced about nine minutes of weightlessness.
Investors Fear Government Borrowing Too Much
A jump in government bond yields stoked fear that higher interest rates will stall the economy before it has a chance to recover. There are worries that the government is borrowing too much money.
Company's 'ATM For Books' Prints On Demand
Have you ever had that frustration of walking into a bookstore, looking for a specific book, and being told it's out of print or not in stock? A New York company wants to put an end to that. On Demand Books has installed a trial machine in a London bookstore that prints out books on request.
Britain Hopes To Repeat Fab Four's Success
Britain is hoping to produce another global music phenomenon like the Beatles. The government is nurturing youthful music ambition by setting up free music halls around the country.
GM Likely To Join Chrysler In Bankruptcy
A General Motors bankruptcy appears to be just days away. The White House has given GM until Monday to radically restructure or head to court. For Chrysler, its bankruptcy proceedings appear to be moving quickly and smoothly.