Essayist knows when Holidays begin for him Going back to your home town for Thanksgiving? Think this is the start of the Holiday season? For MPR essayist Peter Smith, the hometown Holidays can't start without a little magic from two guys in a Public Works pick up truck.6:55 a.m.
Childress fired; Frazier hired The Minnesota Vikings begin the Leslie Frazier era in earnest today. Frazier was named head coach yesterday, after Brad Childress was fired. The team is just 3-7 and suffered a crushing 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the Metrodome. Team Owner Zygi Wilf introduced Frazier as the interim-head coach, who will lead the team for the last six games of the year.7:45 a.m.
South Korean Island Hit By North Korea Artillery
North Korea's military fired dozens of artillery rounds across the disputed border, prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble jets. Brian Myers, an associate professor of international studies at Dongseo University in South Korea, talks to Steve Inskeep about the clash.
For-Profit Colleges Try To Polish Their Image
Regulatory pressures are pushing for-profit schools to retool their business model. Schools are bracing for slower growth, and are focusing on retaining students more likely to succeed and repay their loans.
As It Shifts, Egypt's Economy Retains Some Oddities
Nearly 30 years in office, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has become a strong proponent of a market economy. Only vestiges remain of the state socialism that once defined Egypt. But the economy has unusual elements, at least to the Western eye.
Cholera, Quake Recovery Impede Haiti's Elections
The Haitian government has released new figures showing the cholera outbreak has reached eight of the country's 10 provinces; more than 1,300 people have died. The cholera epidemic hit as the country is still recovering from January's devastating earthquake. On top of that, presidential elections are scheduled for this weekend.
How Much Does Birth Order Shape Our Lives?
Theories abound on how birth order may affect lives. But the one thing psychologists agree on is that while family order can be important, we're all amalgams of childhood influences, from teachers and peers to random events.
Audio Slideshow: Sibling Snapshots
As part of our week-long series on siblings, NPR posted a request for stories on our Facebook page. We received 1,800 responses and spoke to several of those people. Many also sent in photographs. Here, we bring you some of those stories.
FBI Raids 3 Hedge Funds In Trading Probe
The FBI raided the offices of three hedge funds believed to be part of a wide-ranging insider trading probe on Monday. Two offices were raided in New York and one Boston. The FBI would say only that the raids took place and that they executed court-ordered search warrants.
Some Republicans Want To Strip Fed Of Its Mandate
On Capitol Hill, some GOP lawmakers want to strip the Federal Reserve of its full employment mandates and have it focus solely on price stability and inflation. David Wessel, economics editor for The Wall Street Journal, talks to Renee Montagne about the latest attack on the Federal Reserve.
Toyota Shares Assembly Line Expertise With Charity
Toyota has partnered with St. Vincent De Paul in Cincinnati to help more efficiently pack and distribute Thanksgiving Day boxes. A Toyota employee volunteered during last year's handout and noticed the process could be more efficient. This year, he brought in experts from Toyota's assembly line to meet with key volunteers. They've got the packing of individual bags down to 15 seconds now.
North Korea Fires Artillery At South Korean Island
South Korea says it scrambled F-16 fighter jets and returned fire after North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island. South Korea's president held an emergency meeting at an underground bunker in Seoul.