Twins hope to put postseason past behind them against Yankees The Twins open their postseason tonight against the New York Yankees -- a team that has been responsible for many of the Twins' woes in recent playoff appearances. There's no expectation that the Yankees will be any less of a threat this time.6:50 a.m.
At Sound Unseen, a quest for the Kinks A mid-life crisis leads some people to buy expensive cars, take exotic trips, or even engage in illicit relationships. Journalist Geoff Edgers mid-life brought on a desire to try to get his favorite British band of the sixties to reform.7:35 a.m.
Synthetic marijuana ban target of lawsuit MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Bob Kelleher who talked from our Duluth bureau about the ban on synthetic marijuana in Duluth and an internal Republican poll on the race in the 8th Congressional District, plus other news in northeastern Minnesota.8:25 a.m.
Childress: Moss has 'more football in him' When receiver Randy Moss first came to Minnesota 12 years ago, he electrified a stagnant franchise and immediately turned it into a Super Bowl contender. Now he's returning to the Vikings, who need him to do it again.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Retirement Jobs' New Reality For Many
A growing number of Americans say they expect to work well into traditional retirement years, a trend accelerated by the recession, changing attitudes and increased longevity. According to the Families and Work Institute, 20 percent of employees age 50 and over retired and then returned to the workplace.
A Juggling Game For A Single Mom In The Middle
New federal numbers show the middle class struggling a little more these days. Sue Spencer, a case manager for the elderly in New Hampshire, makes nearly the median income of $49,777. "It's doable in a perfect month," she says. But most months are not perfect.
Illegal Immigrant Deaths Set Record In Arizona
New figures show the increase has come despite a drop in the total number of people crossing the border. Tuesday, the Mexican and U.S. governments agreed to share DNA databases to help identify remains.
Somalia's Al-Shabab Spreads Its Message In Kenya
Eastleigh, an area in Nairobi, Kenya, is home to tens of thousands of refugees from neighboring Somalia. Known as "Little Mogadishu," Eastleigh is becoming a new recruiting ground for al-Shabab, the militant group that aims to create a strict Islamist state in Somalia.
Soldier Killed In Afghan War To Receive Valor Award
Staff Sgt. Robbie Miller loved the outdoors, Shakespeare and collecting gemstones from Afghanistan. That's where he was serving his second tour with the Green Berets. Miller was just 24 when he was killed in 2008, protecting his comrades from a Taliban ambush. At the White House Wednesday, President Obama will present Miller's parents with the nation's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor.
Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Three Modern Icons
The Daily Beast editor joins Steve Inskeep to chat about the best things she's been reading lately. This month, the selections focus on three contemporary American icons and the ways in which they are presented and understood.
Kimchi Lovers In A Pickle Over Cabbage Prices
Heavy rains are being blamed for the soaring price of cabbage in South Korea. That means there is a short supply of kimchi -- the pickled condiment that is on almost every restaurant table. Some restaurants are debating whether to charge customers who partake -- which would be like charging Americans for ketchup.
Retailers Look Forward To Holiday Shopping Season
The National Retail Federation predicts a modest 2.3 percent bump in holiday sales. If that prediction comes true, it would be the biggest increase in sales in four years. But it's not as if consumers are likely to go on a spending spree. A survey from the consulting firm Accenture reports that 83 percent of consumers expect to spend the same or less on gifts this year than last.
World Leaders To Discuss Averting Currency War
At the height of the global financial crisis, world leaders braced for a trade war. Governments were desperate to save jobs and protect industries from foreign competition. They generally avoided protectionism, but there's a new danger. Finance ministers gathering this week will talk about how to avert a currency war.
Opponents Face Last Chance To Nix Cape Wind Plan
After battling for ten years, Cape Wind is facing its final regulatory hurdle. Proponents of what would be the nation's first off-shore wind farm, are making their case to Massachusetts utility officials that it would be a good deal for consumers and businesses. Opponents say Cape Wind will be bad for consumers, force electric rates up across the state and force many businesses to shut down. Anthony Brooks reports for member station WBUR.