Mark Seeley: Warmer weather on the way MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the consequences from a recent ice storm, and the forecast which includes warmer weather.6:50 a.m.
Essay: Minnesota winters a rite of passage For people who move to Minnesota from warmer climates, the winters can be a trying time. But for poet Phillip Bryant, they were also a rite of passage. Bryant is a professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, and he sent us this essay.8:40 a.m.
A painful history retold through jazz music Growing up, jazz guitarist David Becker heard stories of how the Japanese captured his Dutch grandparents during the invasion of Indonesia in World War II. On his new album "Batavia," he retells his family's adventures through music.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Leaks Help 'Black Friday' Shoppers Strategize
It's "Black Friday" -- the day many retailers count on to lift them out of the red, and hopefully make a profit. It's also a day when holiday shoppers have come to expect big bargains. This year, some of the mystery was lost after scores of 'Black Friday" specials were leaked onto the Internet.
Principal Underestimates Cost To Build New School
Back in June, NPR's Planet Money team profiled a school in Haiti that was struggling. Listeners responded by donating $3,000 for a new building. And yet, months later, there's little more than a foundation.
Will He? Won't He? Egypt's Voters Focus On Mubarak
The president is not on Sunday's ballot in Egypt -- it is a vote to choose a new parliament. But the campaign has been dominated by questions of whether Hosni Mubarak will run again next year, and whether anyone can break the ruling party's lock on power.
U.S.' Afghan Presence As Long As Soviet's Campaign
The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, as of Friday, has been fighting there for as long as the Soviets did in their attempt to build up a socialist state. The Soviet campaign lasted nine years and 50 days.
Brotherly (And Sisterly) Love In The Animal World
Like humans, sibling relationships in the animal world are often complex and surprising. Older elephants take care of youngsters, armadillos are born as identical quadruplets, and cattle egrets sometimes kill their siblings.
Irish Bailout Pushes Euro Lower Against U.S. Dollar
The Euro has fallen more than three cents against the dollar this week, after Ireland accepted an international bailout to help cover its massive debt. And now, the worry has shifted to Portugal and Spain. European officials insisted Friday that those countries will not require a bailout.
Decades Later, Chinese Consumers' Tastes Change
Chinese consumers are spending. Karl Gerth, a professor at Oxford University, tells Steve Inskeep that Chinese consumerism already is changing the world. He writes about it in a new book called As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers are Transforming Everything.
Firms Use Satellites To Monitor Shoppers' Spending
If you're out hunting for bargains at the mall this "Black Friday," look up at the sky and wave for the camera. There are actually satellites, monitoring how enthusiastically shoppers are spending their money this holiday season.