In St. Paul, Joe Mauer has been an all-star all along Locals will be cheering for one of their own, Cretin-Derham graduate Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, when he takes the field Tuesday night with his American League teammates in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.7:20 a.m.
100 years of Red Wing pottery Red Wing pottery is on display at the Minnesota Historical Society, in a new exhibit called Red Wing Retro. The exhibit features more than 100 years of Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware and decorative art ceramics from the Minnesota company that was once the largest pottery company in the United States.7:50 a.m.
Research study shows biodiesel greener than ethanol
A University of Minnesota study shows that ethanol may not dramatically change the nation's dependence on foreign oil, and it may not be as friendly to the environment as some supporters have claimed. The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Richard Hemmingsen, Director of the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment at the University of Minnesota, who helped fund the research study.8:23 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Caution: These Books May Make You Skip Work
There are some books that are so good that you just can't get on with your life until you've turned the last page. Nancy Pearl offers books that make it tempting to call in sick just to be able to read to the end without stopping.
Congo Readies for Landmark Elections
Later this month, the Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled to hold its first free elections in almost a half a century. They're the most expensive elections ever held in Africa, with international donors spending more than $400 million on the polls.
Southwest Gets On Board with Assigned Seating
Southwest Airlines flight 2444 flew from San Diego to Phoenix Monday. And for the first time in the airline's 35-year history, passengers were sitting in assigned seats. Southwest is experimenting with alternatives to its unassigned seating system some have likened to a "cattle car."
Few Clues Emerge to N. Korean Leader's Motivations
Analysts in Seoul, South Korea, are trying to interpret the meaning of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's latest actions. North Korea's recent violation of its own moratorium on missile tests has revived a longstanding debate about what motivates the leader of that isolated country.
Chechen Rebel Was Proud of Attacks on Russians
The Russian government says the man who claimed responsibility for the bloody Beslan school siege is dead. Officials say Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev was killed Monday by Russian special forces. Reporter Lawrence Sheets met Basayev while covering Chechnya and talks to Steve Inskeep about the man.
California Prison Overcrowding Vexes Politicians
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has called the California legislature back into special session to deal with the state's chronically overcrowded and poorly managed prison system. Schwarzenegger came into office promising prison reform, a promise that remains largely unfulfilled. Judy Campbell of member station KQED reports.
California Auto Insurer Changes Rate Model
The Automobile Club of Southern California, the state's fourth-largest provider of auto insurance, says it will now base its rates on driving records and how much customers drive, not on their zip codes. The move could reduce policyholder rates by millions of dollars, and set a national precedent.
New Orleans Businesses Ready for Tourists' Return
Before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, tourist dollars accounted for more than one-third of the city's income. Since the devastating storm, most of those dollars have disappeared. Businesses that rely on tourists are desperately hoping a multi-million dollar information and advertising campaign will start bringing back more visitors.
'Village Voice' Changes with the New Times The Village Voice is the grandfather, and bellwether, of the nation's alternative press. In the 1960s, the Voice was a clear presence on the political left. Now the paper has been bought by a competitor -- the non-ideological New Times newspaper chain.
Hollywood Wins Suit Against 'Clean' Rental Companies
Companies that "scrub" Hollywood films of possibly offensive content, such as nude scenes and strong language, have been ordered to hand over their inventories. A U.S. judge ruled in favor of a group of Hollywood studios and directors who argued that these rental companies violated copyright law.