Art Hounds: Art of This, One Day in July, and 'Jazz' This week's Art Hounds sing the praises of the "Art of This" gallery in Minneapolis, commemorate the 1934 Truckers strike , and riff on a staged reading of "Jazz," a new play adapted from the Toni Morrison novel.8:25 a.m.
Home-based wind turbines not living up to the hype Independent studies of home-based wind turbines show they often fail to generate as much electricity as their makers claim they will. The poor performance has led to customer complaints and government scrutiny of the industry.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Tries To Reassure Voters On Health Care
President Obama used a prime-time news conference Wednesday night to try to win support for major changes to the nation's health care system. With polls showing the public wary of his handling of the issue, Obama tried to allay the concerns of those who now have health insurance and fear their coverage will be reduced.
Swine Flu Vaccine Poses Challenges To FDA
As manufacturers start to roll out vaccines against the new H1N1 swine flu, the Food and Drug Administration will only have weeks to decide whether they're safe. It's a high-pressure situation, complicated by the memory of a flu-vaccine scare in 1976, and by a new ingredient that some manufacturers are experimenting with.
Minimum Wage Hike Spurs Optimism And Debate
Millions of America's low-wage workers are about to get a raise. But economists are debating how the pay hike will play out. Some worry that forcing higher wages will hurt small businesses. Others say raising the minimum wage will generate more consumer spending.
Letters: 'Bobby McGee,' Sour Cherries, Rapper Feud
Steve Inskeep and Linda Wertheimer read from listeners' comments about a story on Washington cherries, a comparison of a rappers' feud with international politics. They also make a correction about a Janis Joplin song.
Mumbai Gunman Trial Goes On Despite Confession
The lone surviving Pakistani gunman from last year's Mumbai attacks surprised the Indian court where he is being tried when he confessed to the crime Monday. But the judge ruled today that the trial will continue despite the confession.
'Change' Party Rallies Ahead Of Kurdistan Election
The autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan is experiencing something it's unaccustomed to: an election in which no one knows the results in advance. The election will have consequences for the tense standoff between Arabs and Kurds in Iraq — friction that threatens to derail the Obama administration's plan for an orderly withdrawal.
Jewish Settlements Squeeze Bedouin Enclave
In the hills east of Jerusalem, a Palestinian Bedouin tribe lives in tents and huts between two Jewish settlements. Unable to bus their children to nearby schools, they invited an aid group to help them build a school. But Israeli authorities have slated the primitive buildings for demolition.
Hyundai Reports Quarterly Profit Jumped 50 Percent
The recession has sapped demand for cars, but what remains is demand for smaller, cheaper cars — the kind made by Hyundai. The Korean carmaker said Thursday that its quarterly profit jumped by nearly 50 percent to a record high. The profits were boosted not just by decent sales but by a weaker Korean currency, which makes its cars even cheaper when sold abroad.
GM Dumps Montana Mine For Foreign Supplier
A bankruptcy judge has granted General Motors' request to drop its precious metals contract with a Montana mining company. The automaker will instead use cheaper foreign suppliers for the same materials.
GM Teams With Army To Open Ariz. Vehicle Test Site
In a joint project with the Department of Defense, GM just opened a new hot-weather auto testing facility in Yuma, Ariz. The Army will also test vehicles on the track there. While GM was teetering into bankruptcy, there was a lot of concern in the area that it would scrap the track. Now it looks like a boon for GM, Defense AND this tiny desert town.