Fitzgerald Theater celebrates 100th anniversary Cathy Wurzer met Twin Cities architecture historian Larry Millett at the Fitzgerald Theater and they talked about the design of the building and how it fits into history of live theater in the Twin Cities.6:25 a.m.
Rainy in the south and cold in northern Minnesota MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about recent wet weather. He also tells you some general rules on how to predict the weather yourself.6:55 a.m.
Afghan Election Tests Legitimate Voting
Afghans go to the polls Saturday to vote for members of parliament. About 2,500 candidates are vying for 249 seats. A year ago, Afghanistan's presidential election emerged as an exercise in fraud and intimidation.
Is the Tea Party Really A Grassroots Movement?
The Tea Party movement has claimed a surprising number of victories in the primary season. Dave Levinthal, editor of the Open Secrets Blog for the Center for Responsive Politics, talks to Steve Inskeep about how the Tea Party is funded.
Calif. Blast Spotlights Nation's Aging Gas Lines
The massive natural gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., last week exposed a nationwide reality -- neighborhoods have been built on top of decades-old pipelines. In many cases, residents don't know of aging lines near or even under their homes until there's an incident.
Jewish Minority Is Influential In Iran
The new book The Ayatollah's Democracy: An Iranian Challenge is an attempt to understand what's happening a year after Iran's disputed presidential election. It explores what Iran calls a democracy. Author Hooman Majd tells Steve Inskeep to prove a point, he met with members of one of Iran's minority groups: the country's estimated 25,000 Jews.
SEC To Make Harder For Banks To Hide Debt
Federal regulators are trying to find a way to keep banks from temporarily hiding their debt. For instance, the failed Lehman Brothers bank once sold billions of dollars in mortgage securities -- only to buy the debt back after being inspected. The practice is legal but regulators say it can mislead investors about a bank's level of risk.
Survey: Number Of U.S. Millionaires Increases
The poverty rate may be up, but so is the number of millionaires. A survey of U.S. households with "investible assets" of $1 million or more was up 8 percent in a year. It's a big increase, and brings the population of millionaires back to where it was in 2006.
Famous Mill Goes Away As King Cotton's Reign Fades
After almost 150 years, the S.M. Whitney Co., run by descendants of cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, will sell its last bale of cotton next week, marking a symbolic end to the reign of "King Cotton" in the South.
Food Resolution A Hot Potato In Idaho
Idaho's state legislature was asked to support locally-grown food. The Idaho Potato Commission opposed the resolution. The head of the commission thinks everybody in the state should buy Idaho potatoes but they want people in every other state to buy them too. The resolution passed with a slight change. The word "Idaho" has replaced the word "local."