U of M doctors hear actor Charles Keating's commentary on aging There's a new show on aging opening at The Guthrie Theater. It's called "I and I: The Sense of Self." It's a one-man show starring British actor Charles Keating. Keating says the idea for the reading came from the University of Minnesota's Dr. Jon Hallberg, a commentator for MPR.8:25 a.m.
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Afghan Bookseller Disputes Book About Him
For more than three decades, Shah Mohammed Rais has sold books and maps to Afghans and foreigners in Kabul. A Norwegian author wrote a book about Rais, but the bookseller claims it ruined his life. Now he's decided to get even by writing his own book.
John Waters' Extremely Strange DVD Favorites
Ask filmmaker John Waters to name his favorite movies and he'll tell you that just about nothing is off-limits. He says his DVD-watching habits tend toward the strange, the shocking and the exploitative. Oh, and the extreme.
Steve Martin: 'Born Standing Up'
Steve Martin gave up stand-up comedy in 1981, at the height of his fame. He calls his new book Born Standing Up a biography rather than an autobiography, of a guy he used to know.
Pakistan's Musharraf to Step Down as Army Chief
Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf is saying farewell to his troops. His stepping down as chief of the army doesn't mean he's leaving power though. The embattled U.S. ally intends to remain president, a job he acquired in a coup in 1999.
NFL Star Sean Taylor Dies After Shooting
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor dies a day after he was shot in the leg after an apparent break-in at his home. He never regained consciousness after losing a great deal of blood. Taylor was 24.
Bush Makes Push for Mideast Peace
Officials from more than 40 nations gather in Annapolis, Md., for the start of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The summit is the Bush administration's first initiative in seven years. Analysts urge President Bush to use his full influence to help bring about peace.
Russians in Germany Tempted to Go Home
Russia is trying to lure back some of its former citizens who fled as the Soviet Union was collapsing in the early 1990s. Moscow is planning to spend $100 million over the next five years to help Russians come home. Some who moved to Germany from Russia say it's tempting.
Citigroup Gets Bailout from Abu Dhabi Fund
Citigroup announces a $7.5 billion investment from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Earlier this month Citigroup CEO Charles Prince resigned after announcing the bank faced up to $11 billion in losses. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is now the single largest shareholder in Citigroup.
Retailers Test Toys to Ensure Safety
With holiday shopping underway, there's growing concern about the safety of imported toys after reports of lead-tainted toys from China. To retailers, that means a lot of money is at risk in the form of lost business or lawsuits. So they are testing products before they hit the shelves.
Ads Give Dunkin' Donuts National Appeal
Dunkin' Donuts' advertising campaign "America Runs on Dunkin" is created out of a sentiment among customers that they wanted to buy a good, simple product. Brand guru Leslie Bielby says the campaign expands the retailer's appeal.