After Connecticut school shooting, Minnesota districts boost security A year after a gunman killed 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, some Minnesota schools have added new alarms, classroom door locks and security cameras. And some have considered hiring new police officers and security guards.6:35 a.m.
Wisconsin's aluminum Christmas tree legacy If you've ever watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas," you may recall Lucy telling Charlie Brown to "get the biggest aluminum Christmas tree you can find, maybe painted pink." In 1965, when the program first aired, the world's leading manufacturer of aluminum Christmas trees, even pink ones, was in Manitowoc, Wis.8:25 a.m.
Gopher women's volleyball seek to advance in NCAAs The University of Minnesota Women's volleyball team is once again in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team.8:45 a.m.
A Christmas rock opera comes to Target Center Today's music is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with "Faith Noel" from their rock opera "The Lost Christmas Eve." They will be performing it live tomorrow night at Target Center in Minneapolis. It's the final installment of the band's Christmas trilogy which all deal with loss and redemption around the holidays.8:49 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
One Year After Newtown, Still No Answer To 'Why'
A year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gunman Adam Lanza's motives are still unclear. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy says people may just have to be satisfied with what they've known from the beginning — that on Dec. 14, 2012, a horrible thing happened.
Promises To Fix Mental Health System Still Unfulfilled
Even for those with the will and drive to pursue treatment, the process remains difficult, frightening and full of holes. Mental health advocates say little has come, on the federal level, from the task forces and promises that followed the Newtown shootings.
Tom Hanks And Emma Thompson On The Magic Of Disney
The stars of Saving Mr. Banks — a movie about the struggle between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers over how the Mary Poppins film would be made — talk to NPR's Renee Montagne about the film, and what their counterparts might have thought of their performances.
Does Winter Really Bring On The Blues? Maybe Not
For millions of Americans, the good cheer of Christmas and other festivals is marred by what many call the "holiday blues." Counselors, therapists and self-help books offer advice on how to beat this seasonal depression. But the ubiquitous "winter blues" might just be a myth.
For Burial, Mandela Will Return To His Beloved Boyhood Village
Some African leaders transformed their home villages into monuments glorifying themselves. Nelson Mandela rejected such extravagance and will be buried Sunday in a tiny farming village that's barely changed since he ran across its green rolling hills nearly a century ago.
An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope
Mbali Vilakazi, the winner of our Poetry Games last year, honors Mandela's memory with a poem, "The Black Pimpernel." The title is a derogatory nickname given to Mandela in his revolutionary days. Vilakazi's poem looks toward the future: "And if we have stood on the shoulders of giants, / We are giants still / And giants, we will come again."
USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida's Oranges
The agency is launching a new coordinated research effort to stop citrus greening, a disease imported from Asia that turns fruit bitter and unmarketable. It first turned up in Florida eight years. Now, it threatens to destroy the nation's citrus industry.
Health Insurance Seekers Find Networks Missing Key Providers
In an effort to cut costs to make their health plans more affordable, insurers are slashing their network of providers — and some marquee hospitals and doctors are not on their lists. In Washington state, the premier children's medical center isn't on many lists, and cancer care experts are limited, too.