Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Pawlenty speeches bring up 2012 presidential talk Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in high demand as a speaker these days. He speaks tonight in Chicago at a conference organized by a Republican political action committee. Then it's off two more engagements over the next week.7:20 a.m.
New mission for Depression-era camp An old Civilian Conservation Corps work camp in the Chippewa National Forest is getting a facelift. Camp Rabideau near Blackduck was home to hundreds of young men in the 1930s and '40s. Now it's being turned into a year-round learning center for kids and young adults.7:25 a.m.
Changes in 'The Quick and the Dead' The Walker Art Center's exhibition of conceptual art entitled "The Quick and the Dead" is unusual - not least because several of the exhibits are designed to change over time. The show has been open for three and a half months and some of the pieces are now markedly different.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New Web Site Lets Patients Rate Their Doctors
One problem with health care is that it can be hard to gauge what works. The nonprofit Web site Patient Central surveys people about their experiences with doctors. Physicians at the bottom of the list say a single disgruntled patient can skew the result.
In Afghanistan, Trucking Can Be A Deadly Business
Shafi Noorzi's main client is the U.S. military. His trucks carry things such as construction equipment, air conditioners and food destined for U.S. troops in violent areas such as Kandahar. The convoys of 18-wheelers have become favorite targets of the Taliban, who might stop them, demand money, set the trucks on fire or worse.
Early Human Lessons: Hot Rocks Make Sharper Tools
Mastering fire doesn't just give you tastier meat. Some 70,000 years ago, a modern human likely discovered that if you make a spear point out of heated rock you get a sharper, more symmetrical tool.
Brothers Reflect On Courage, And A Turning Point
During the Vietnam War, brothers Don and Jim Sargent of Salt Lake City wanted to enlist. Only Jim was able to; Don was diagnosed with severe diabetes. Years later, each brother considers the other a hero.
'Ponyo,' Swimming Magically Against The Tide
A goldfish gets her chance to live above sea level in a sweet-natured film by animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki. Film critic Kenneth Turan says the film's special mixture of fantasy, adventure and affection make Ponyo unforgettable.
Crime And Consequences In Beijing's Back Alleys
A native of Beijing, author Diane Liang sometimes simplifies some of the Chinese names and details in her books for the benefit of her foreign audience. Nevertheless, her fiction is still steeped in the sights and sounds of her homeland.
NYC Restaurants Set Table For New 'Times' Critic
Since New York Times food critic Frank Bruni announced he would be stepping down, restaurants have played a guessing game about his successor. They're now on the lookout for Sam Sifton, who says of his qualifications to be a food critic, "like many Americans, I've eaten my entire life."
Obama To Push Health Care In Colorado
President Obama will tour several Western locales this weekend, including the western slope city of Grand Junction, Colo. The city is the site of an innovative program for controlling health care costs that the president wants to highlight.
Sen. Menendez: Democrats Will Press Home Message
The contentious town hall meetings on health care seem to have thrown the Democrats off their message. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, says some of the questions being raised by citizens are legitimate.
Critic Questions Afghan Policy Goals
Supporters of the war in Afghanistan says it is essential the U.S. creates stability in that country to prevent another 9/11-style attack. Andrew Bacevich doesn't agree. The former U.S. Army colonel, now a professor at Boston University, says there is a better way: erect and maintain robust defenses.