Planting the seeds of jazz For the past six years, a dozen Twin Cities jazz verterans have been sharing their expertise with young musicians at a jazz camp near Minneapolis.
The students say it's an intense experience that helps them grow as improvising soloists.6:50 a.m.
Abandoned horses nursed back to health Pictures of dead and starving horses on an abandoned Todd County farm drew media attention. Most of those horses died, but a few are being nursed back to health at the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation.7:50 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the rising cost of commodities and other economic news.8:25 a.m.
News Cut blog asks for Minnesota pictures, mulls over news Over the weekend, readers of Minnesota Public Radio's News Cut blog were invited to snap a picture that captures a particular Minnesota moment and send it to us. That's just one of many projects and discussions happening on News Cut right now. Bob Collins writes the News Cut blog.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Seized Drug Assets Pad Police Budgets
Justice Department data show that the amount of drug-related assets confiscated since 2004 has tripled, from $567 million to $1.6 billion. Critics claim some law enforcement agencies have become "addicted to drug money" in their quest to fill their own coffers.
Olivier Conan Brings Chicha Music to Brooklyn
Conan plays an instrument called a cuatro with Chicha Libre, a band that pays tribute to the classic Peruvian Chicha groups of 40 years ago. Here, he talks about how he got hooked on the rollicking groove of Chicha. Conan says that the way his band plays Chicha music isn't traditional, but neither were the groups that covered "Fur Elise" with a surf guitar.
Make It Stop! Crushed by Too Many E-Mails
Daily e-mail volume is now at 210 billion a day worldwide and increasing. The burden of managing all that e-mail has prompted a backlash. From declaring "e-mail bankruptcy" to e-mail-free days, many Americans are tuning out and turning off.
Iowans Retrieve Belongings Under Flood Curfew
High flood waters last week forced nearly 25,000 residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to evacuate their homes. Now the city is letting some residents return, even though the police continue to enforce a strict curfew.
Gas Prices Boost Ridership, Costs for Mass Transit
As the cost of gasoline continues to rise, more people are using public transportation. But transit officials have been surprised to see big ridership jumps even in areas where people don't usually take the bus or train — like car-choked Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C. The jump is straining transit agencies' resources.
Lawmakers Appeal to Bush for More Iraq Details
Congress has been complaining to the Bush administration that it isn't getting enough information about ongoing talks on the future of the U.S. presence in Iraq. Some lawmakers worry that they may not have a say in a pact — and that a deal could tie the hands of the next U.S. president.
Iraqi Journalists Offered U.S. Asylum Face Fears
The United States recently changed laws making it easier for employees of U.S. companies in Iraq to apply for asylum. Among those affected are the Iraqi employees of National Public Radio. Iraqis who want to leave the country talk about decisions they're facing.
AIG Chief Ousted amid Mortgage Losses
AIG Chief Executive Officer Martin Sullivan is the latest victim of the credit crunch. For the past three years, he has led the world's largest insurance company. In recent months, he presided over the collapse of the boom in risky mortgage investments. AIG's stock price dropped in half, and angry shareholders pushed for Sullivan's ouster.
Despite Bad Traffic, Muscovites Flock to Motorcycles
For Moscow's consumer class, the latest fashion is motorcycles and scooters. But the Russian capital may be the least "bike friendly" city in the world. The roads are full of potholes, and traffic laws are widely ignored.