Health officials watch for back-to-school pertussis upsurge Compared to last year's massive pertussis outbreak, it's shaping up to be a quieter year for the bacterial infection. But public health officials are concerned the return to school could mean an upsurge in new cases of an infection, even as they try to figure out why it's hitting Minnesota harder than usual.6:45 a.m.
Minn. lake home sales surging, realtors say Lake home real estate is growing strong for a second year in a row after sales stagnated during the recession, according to real estate agents across northern Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
Stopping seniors from getting scammed out of billions The elderly are prime targets for financial scams. The nation's older citizens are duped out of billions of dollars a year. But law enforcement agencies, advocacy groups and bankers in Minnesota are trying to educate seniors about how to detect and avoid scams that can cost them much or all of their savings.7:25 a.m.
Music with Minnesotans puts Kramer's music, not ALS, front and center For our Morning Edition music segment today, we're going to hear two pieces of music, both selected by Bruce Kramer. He's a former dean at the University of St. Thomas. MPR's Cathy Wurzer's been following his story as he copes with life with ALS, also known as Lou Gherig's disease. Kramer is the featured guest this week on Music With Minnesotans.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Rep. Smith On Syria: What Is The Limitation Of U.S. Power?
Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, about the U.S. role in Syria. Smith, who recently visited Syrian refugees in Jordan, is urging the administration to step up aid to moderate opposition forces, but he has reservations about U.S. military action.
Will Microsoft's Nokia Deal Shake Up Mobile?
Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business and licensing key patents for $7.2 billion. Microsoft is aiming to boost its share of the smartphone market, which is dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iPhone. The deal may also provide a hint of who will take over when Microsoft's CEO leaves.
Enough With Baby Talk; Infants Learn From Lemur Screeches, Too
Even infants too young to discern the meaning of words seem better able to learn while listening to the sound of human speech than while listening to nonsense — speech run backward. Little surprise there, perhaps, but a study shows that recordings of lemur calls spark learning, too.
Graves To Be Exhumed At Fla. Reform School
Researchers are exhuming the remains from unmarked graves at a now-closed Florida reform school. Former residents of the school say brutal beatings were routine, and they believe many boys died as a result. At least 50 grave sites have been identified and it is believed that there may be many more.
Justice Department Tackles Quality Of Defense For The Poor
An unprecedented recent court filing from the Justice Department could have dramatic implications for the representation of indigent defendants. The department argues that the fix for broken public defender systems could include a court-appointed monitor.
Lava Lamp Turns 50
The lamp, with its hypnotic moving liquid blob center, helped define the psychedelic era. It first hit stores in Britain on this day in 1963. The lamp's inventor was inspired by the design of an odd egg timer in a pub.
Obama Meets With McCain, Graham About Syria Strikes
The effort to convince Congress to authorize a limited military strike against Syria is preoccupying Washington. On Monday, President Obama met with Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Their backing may be key to winning over Congress on the issue.