Twins take the Central in dramatic fashion Last night the Minnesota Twins won the American League Central division title by beating the Detroit Tigers 6 to 5 in a marathon 12-inning game at the Metrodome.7:20 a.m.
Twin Cities attorney is a Coen brothers punch line When the new Coen brothers movie "A Serious Man" is shown in the Twin Cities, the line that gets the biggest audience reaction is an inside joke. It comes when a character needs a criminal defense attorney and he is advised to "hire Ron Meshbesher." MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with the real-life Ron Meshbesher.7:25 a.m.
The future of the dinner theatre The Chanhassen Dinner Theaters are getting a new owner. Earlier this week, theater officials announced that the suburban playhouse will be sold to businessman and theater aficionado Greg Frankenfield.
The sale appears to secure the prospects of that playhouse, but it also represents the latest jolt to what was once a thriving collection of dinner theaters both here in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the business and artistic ramifications of the sale.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Amid Afghan Policy Debate, What About Pakistan?
Many analysts say Pakistan, not Afghanistan, is the most critical component of U.S. strategy in the region. Amid the current Washington debate over whether more U.S. troops should be deployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan is getting relatively little attention.
Patient Advocates Fear Bias In Wellness Incentives
Lawmakers seem eager to encourage employers to create and expand programs that tie a portion of workers' health insurance premiums to their willingness to change unhealthy behaviors. But critics say lowering premiums for healthy workers inevitably means raising them for the unhealthy.
Many Notes, Chords To Musical Sidekick Shaffer's Life
Paul Shaffer is much more than just David Letterman's sidekick, his memoir reveals. We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives details Shaffer's appearances on Saturday Night Live, his extended stint living in a hotel in Manhattan and the surprising place where he got his start in music.
Cutting Health Costs: Discounts For The Healthy?
One company's health benefits program offers employees a discount if their body mass index is below the obesity line. Safeway Inc. executive Steve Burd says the program has kept costs from rising. Critics say it's a form of discrimination.
Changes In Store For U.S. Immigration Detention
The secretary of homeland security says immigrants detained by the federal government for breaking civil immigration laws will now be treated more humanely. Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that fewer illegal immigrants will be locked up in jails and prisons, and more will be detained in places like former hotels and nursing homes.
Pakistani Troops Fighting Extremists In Swat Valley Washington Post columnist David Ignatius has just returned from Pakistan, where he visited the lush Swat Valley — an area that until recently was under Taliban control. Renee Montagne talks with Ignatius about the gains the Pakistani army has made in fighting extremism there, and what commanders are saying about their success.
IPhone Carrier AT&T To Allow Internet Voice Calls
Apple iPhone users who've tried to use free Internet calling services like Skype have been stymied because iPhone carrier AT&T didn't allow Internet voice calls, saying they jam up the network. But AT&T now says it will allow so-called third-party Internet phone calls on its network, saying it gave in to consumer pressure. Regulators may also have played a role. The FCC is weighing a rule that would prevent companies from blocking content.
Analysts: Gold's Record Highs Tied To Dollar's Low
The price of gold hit an all-time high Wednesday for the second straight day. The dollar's decline has been one of the main factors behind gold's rise. Analysts say many investors are buying gold as a hedge against the possibility of further declines in the dollar.
Wisconsin Faces Huge Jobless Insurance Fund Deficit
Unemployment insurance funds across the country are running out of money, causing many states to turn to the federal government for help. Wisconsin has been borrowing money since February to pay jobless claims. It's estimated that the state's unemployment insurance fund will have a $2 billion deficit by the end of 2010. LaToya Dennis reports for WUWM from Milwaukee.