Hennepin County's new digital library The Hennepin County library will soon begin making e-books available for readers to download to their computer or e-reader. Seven hundred titles will be available when the program starts, but files won't be compatible with the two most popular e-readers, the ipad and the Kindle. Vicky Helgeson, a senior librarian in Hennepin County joins Cathy Wurzer to explain the program.6:55 a.m.
Twins struggle after promsing start Blogger Aaron Gleeman joins Cathy Wurzer to examine the Twins' season so far, and to explain the team's current slump which comes after an excellent few months.7:40 a.m.
U of M students building small-scale neutrino detector Solving the unexplained mysteries of the universe may seem like a big goal for a research project, but that's exactly what scientists hope someday comes out of a work University of Minnesota students are doing this summer.8:25 a.m.
U.S. Watches As Afghan-Pakistan Relations Improve
Senior officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan have been discussing how to take action against insurgents on Pakistani soil, and how to further the reintegration and reconciliation process with the Taliban. While the tenuous improvement in relations between the neighbors is seen in some quarters as a positive development, what are the ramifications for the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan?
Taliban Violence Decreases In Marjah
Marine Major Gen. Richard Mills talks to Renee Montagne about operations in Marjah and the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. When they last spoke in April, the general said Marjah was relatively safe, but admitted the Taliban was still there. These day, security is better and the government more effective -- including the installation of a new, accomplished district governor this week.
From Stalwart To Skeptic, Germany Rethinks EU Role
Germany, long a postwar champion and financier of European integration, is flexing its muscles more independently in the wake of Europe's debt crisis. A growing number of Germans see the European Union as irrelevant. NPR's series on new pressures facing European unity looks at Germany's changing role.
All-Star Jimenez Makes Pitch For Baseball Greatness
The Colorado Rockies' 26-year-old star has produced some of the year's most astonishing pitching performances, including a no-hitter, and he's a starter for Tuesday's All-Star game. He reminds at least one teammate of the great Nolan Ryan. But even Nolan Ryan never started the year with a 15-and-1 record.
Obama Administration Revises Drilling Moratorium
The Interior Department announced a new deep-water drilling moratorium on Monday. The initial six-month ban had come under political fire as Gulf residents feared the loss of jobs, and a federal court said the government hadn't made a case for putting the ban into effect immediately.
Supreme Court Review: Campaign Cash, Controversy
In the Supreme Court's recently ended term, a relatively insignificant campaign finance case became a broad-based blockbuster. And while there were fewer split decisions overall, the court seemed to jump without hesitation into controversies.
Global Oil Demand Expected To Rise In 2011
The International Energy Agency says world oil demand will rise next year fueled by economic growth in developing countries, this, despite a drop in an appetite for oil by wealthy countries. In its monthly report, the Paris-based agency says global oil demand for next year should increase by 1.3 million barrels a day.
Hefner Offers To Take 'Playboy' Private
Hugh Hefner is offering to buy all the shares of Playboy Enterprises that he doesn't already own. It's a bid to take the struggling company private. But the move put the company in play, and within hours the owner of rival Penthouse magazine was expressing interest.
FCC Requests Input On Comcast, NBC Universal Deal
Federal regulators are reviewing the proposed merger between NBC Universal and Comcast. It's a deal valued at between $14 and $30 billion. The Federal Communications Commission holds a public hearing on the deal in Chicago on Tuesday. While few observers expect regulators to block the merger, some hope the FCC will require far-reaching consumer protections.
'Consumer Reports' Test: Faults iPhone 4 Antenna Consumer Reports announced Monday it will not recommend Apple Inc.'s newest iPhone because of reception problems caused by its antenna design. Buyers have been complaining that holding the phone a certain way could cause calls to drop.