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  • Mayor RybakRybak to focus on achievement gap
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will become the executive director of Generation Next -- an advocacy group focused on closing the achievement gap in education. He'll also teach some courses at the University of Minnesota. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rybak about life after the mayor's office.7:20 a.m.
  • Minneapolis mayoral candidatesWhen it comes to growth, Minneapolis mayoral candidates differ on subsidies
    The candidates particularly disagree on public subsidies for big downtown development projects, including the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, and a big, new downtown hotel.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama's Message: Health Care Law Will Prove Itself In Time
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spent hours on Capitol Hill on Wednesday fending off criticism of the health care rollout. Meanwhile, President Obama flew to Boston, where he urged people to take the long view.
  • When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security
    Gilroy Hain's only source of income is the $1,500 a month he receives from Social Security. The 64-year-old spends $500 a month for a rented bedroom in Los Angeles, and the rest goes for food and little indulgences. For the former aerospace industry worker who was homeless for a time, it's not an easy life.
  • Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween?
    In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.
  • Luscious Jackson Is Ready For Its 'Magic Hour'
    After a very long hiatus, the members of the infectious alternative rock crew are back with a new album. The musicians discuss how everyday life inspired the band's first new record in 14 years.
  • Art Or Act? New Yorkers Give Banksy Residency Mixed Reviews
    As part of a monthlong, outdoor exhibition, the secretive British street artist has been placing graffiti-inspired paintings and installations all around New York. Now that the month is almost over, NPR's Joel Rose asks fans and critics to assess Banksy's work.
  • Burn, Bury Or Scorch? Why Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons Is Hard
    The ingredients used to make chemical weapons aren't environmentally friendly, and until recently the process of disposing of those weapons wasn't either. New rules make disposal safer, but are also a major stumbling block to the dismantling of Syria's stockpiles.
  • Case Of Marines Desecrating Taliban Bodies Takes A New Twist
    Several Marines were disciplined after a videotape surfaced showing them urinating on dead Taliban members in Afghanistan in 2011. The case seemed to be over, but now there are allegations that the top Marine officer, Gen. James Amos, intervened in an attempt to get a harsher punishment.
  • Nintendo Reports More Losses
    Nintendo, the world's largest video game company, reported its third quarterly net loss in a row — the latest was just over $81 million. The Wii U gaming console's disappointing sales are the main culprit. It has sold just 5 percent of what Nintendo had projected a year ago.
  • Add Security To The List Of Tech Issues
    To the long list of problems plaguing, add data security. The enrollment site for the new health insurance exchanges had a security flaw that didn't get patched up when the exchange marketplace went live.
  • Providence Kindles Love Of Horror Writer H.P. Lovecraft
    The science-fiction writer is attracting new attention. Hordes of visitors and tentacle-bedecked merchandise descended on Rhode Island for a literary festival this year that would have made Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth proud. A bronze bust of Lovecraft even appeared in a local museum.

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