Who has the million dollar idea for St. Paul? One of three St. Paul residents will get 1 million dollars to invest in an idea designed to revitalize the city. Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with the finalists about their ideas.7:25 a.m.
Extreme Sandbox offers big toys for adults If you're tired of the same old corporate team-building golf outings, you might want to consider taking up a sledge hammer, spray paint and driving a 19-ton excavator. That's the idea behind Extreme Sandbox, a company that lets you do just that.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
10 Years After The Blackout, How Has The Power Grid Changed?
Sagging power lines and computer glitches led to a power outage that left 50 million people across the Northeast U.S. and part of Canada in darkness on Aug. 14, 2003. New sensors have been installed, and operator training and computer systems have been upgraded. But is that enough to prevent another massive blackout?
Complex Networks Make Up U.S. Power Grid
As Morning Edition looks back on the blackout of 2003, David Greene talks to Steven Weissman, the director of the Energy Program at the University of California Berkeley, about how the country's electrical systems work, and how to manage them in the future.
Listeria Outbreak Still Haunts Colorado's Cantaloupe Growers
The contaminated fruit that killed 33 people and sickened at least 147 others in 2011 came from a farm 90 miles from Rocky Ford, Colo. But the town's many melon farmers took a huge hit nonetheless, and are still trying to convince the public their cantaloupes are safe.
Brazilians Flood To U.S. On Massive Shopping Sprees
Growing numbers of Brazilians are visiting the U.S.; last year, they spent $9 billion. It's a sign of a changing Brazil — more affluent, more outward looking. Most of those getting visas to the U.S. are going to shop or do business, and the economic impact has been palpable.
Eurozone Shows Signs Of Economic Improvement
Economic indicators suggest the recession is over in the eurozone. It will, however, take time and stronger growth to reverse the high unemployment in many countries. Politicians are hailing the figures as an end to the grim years.
Why Steinway Is Likely To Be Sold To A Hedge Fund Manager
Steinway Musical Instruments is on the auction block and a mystery bidder, rumored to be hedge fund manager John Paulson, appears to have the winning bid at $458 million. Ilya Marritz explains why the fairly healthy company is seeking a buyout in the first place.
Does More Vacation Mean Happier Workers?
August means many parts of the world are virtually shut down with many workers off on summer holiday. A recent blog post in The Atlantic took on the question: Does more vacation mean happier workers? Some data suggests not so much.
Security Forces Move In On Egyptian Protests
After days of tense standoff in Cairo, Egyptian security forces began clearing two sit-in camps by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, warned in a statement that the forces would deal firmly with protesters acting "irresponsibly."