Wins and losses not the only factor in bowl matchups The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will be playing in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Dec. 27. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the StarTribune, about why the Gophers are going there, despite much-improved play on the field this season.8:45 a.m.
In Soweto, Remembering Mandela As A Figure Of Resistance
While the world remembers Nelson Mandela as the great reconciler, some ordinary South Africans are remembering him in their own way — as a powerful figure of resistance. And they're looking toward the country's future with both hope and uncertainty.
A Boxing Champ Rises In Ukraine's Bare-Knuckle World Of Politics
Vitali Klitschko has emerged as one of Ukraine's most popular opposition figures, in part because he earned his wealth in the ring and appears to be untouched by the country's corruption scandals. The boxer known as "Dr. Ironfist" has his eye on the presidency, but there are concerns about his lack of experience.
Looking Past Website, More Challenges Await Obamacare
An increasing number of people are signing up for health insurance through the government's new exchange, suggesting the Obama administration has made progress in fixing its broken website. But the exchange is just one part of the health care law, which remains politically divisive almost four years after its passage.
Epilepsy Patients Help Decode The Brain's Hidden Signals
When doctors stick electrodes into the brain of a patient with epilepsy, they're hoping to find a cure for debilitating seizures. But they're also exploring a still-mysterious landscape. And they couldn't do it without a patient willing to help.
Tech Giants Call On Obama, Congress For Surveillance Changes
Eight tech giants — including Google, Apple and Facebook — have written an open letter to the president and Congress warning that current government surveillance practices are undermining freedom. This follows leaks showing tech firms were part of widespread NSA surveillance programs of email and phone records.
New York's Insurance Exchange Readies For Holiday Rush
As a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for health insurance that starts Jan. 1 looms, New York state is staffing up its call center and smoothing out the rough spots on its application to meet growing demand. As time runs down, the state is trying to fix technical and design issues that came up when the site debuted in October.
Man Tried To Sue Island Nation After Rainy Vacation
Bruno Leduc sued the Dominican Republic because it rained on his vacation, but his ordeal ended with the courts raining on his parade. And because of his history of small-claims filings, the Quebec judge labeled him a "quarrelsome litigant."