It's Monday. And this is the rouser:
1) Minnesota is a great, big diverse state. Over the weekend, I went looking for people who grab the bull by the ... by the.... .... and I ended up in Zumbrota Minnesota, home of a festival dedicated to those who aren't afraid of the meaty flesh.
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Just when your State Fair withdrawal was ebbing, some blogger goes and tells you about a columnist for the Dallas Morning News who wrote about it and captured -- perfectly -- where it fits.
Even when my great-grandmother - we called her G.G. - turned 90, she wanted to visit the fair. But G.G. was frail, so her kids kept her home.
Just a few months later, G.G. died. When my grandmother got the news during a 2 a.m. phone call, she blurted out loud:
"Oh, my God. We didn't take her to the fair."
Eric Aasen -- he's originally from Minnesota -- heads to the Texas State Fair today .
2) The phrase that pays for the week: Just keep swimming.
3) By day, Suzi Hanks is a DJ at a classic radio station in Houston, Texas. It's what she does after work that makes people's ears blush. Hanks volunteers with Taping for the Blind, an organization that makes audio recordings of popular books and magazines. When she started the gig three years ago, they put her to work reading pet publications. She's not reading pet publications anymore.
4) True, it's Monday. But it could be worse. You could be waking up in America's most toxic city.
5 The clouds as an ocean.
(h/t: Open Culture)
Bonus: Are you over 50? Have you been thinking that if you lose your job, you're finished in the job market? Apparently, there's good reason to, the New York Times reports.
The over-50 unemployed are the new poor:
Older workers who lose their jobs could pose a policy problem if they lose their ability to be self-sufficient. "That's what we should be worrying about," said Carl E. Van Horn, professor of public policy and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, "what it means to this class of the new unemployables, people who have been cast adrift at a very vulnerable part of their career and their life."
Each Monday now through the election, we'll pose a question on an issue that's pertinent to the race for Minnesota governor. Today's Question: Should the state's investment in public colleges and universities be greater or smaller?
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) - First hour: Should the Bush tax cuts be extended?
Second hour: Norwegian prize-winning novelist Per Petterson.
Midday (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - First hour: Four "minor party" candidates for governor debate.
Second hour: TBA
Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) - First hour: A status check on the United Nations' goals for the millennium.
Second hour: Patti Lupone discusses her memoir of a Broadway diva. Plus Ted Turner talks about his position as chairman of the United Nations.
All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) - Michele Norris discusses her new book, "The Grace of Silence".
The U.S. Senate will vote on the federal Dream Act this week. The controversial measure has been around for a decade, and would give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Sasha Aslanian talks to a University of Minnesota student who says this would change his life, and a Republican state lawmaker opposed to it.
Tom Horner has his turn at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute candidate forum series. MPR's Mark Zdechlik is covering it.
PS: Walter Mondale considers whether Barack Obama is the new Jimmy Carter. "I think he needs to get rid of those teleprompters, and connect. He's smart as hell. He can do it. Look right into those cameras and tell people he's hurting right along with them." Carter, on the other hand, he said, might not have been able to. "At heart, he was an engineer," Mondale told the New Yorker. "He wanted to sit down and come up with the right answers, and then explain it. He didn't like to do a lot of emotional public speaking."
University of Minnesota researchers have blown a hole in one of the basic assumptions of life: That loud music is destroying the hearing of young people.
According to a news release from the U today, researchers have determined that the amount of hearing loss in young people is much lower than previously reported:
"Most media have emphasized the link between exposure to loud sounds and hearing loss when referring to the JAMA study," says Bert Schlauch, professor in the university's Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. "However, many of the findings of the JAMA study are not consistent with hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds." These conclusions were drawn from an ongoing study of the hearing of the University of Minnesota Marching Band and a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research authored by Schlauch and Edward Carney.
The researchers studied the U's marching band and initially found 15 percent had hearing loss. But by conducting other tests, it found nearly half of the original group didn't lose their hearing and that the tests were false positives.(1 Comments)
A St. Paul company has produced this time-lapse video showing last week's conversion of the stadium in New Jersey from a Giants stadium (they played Sunday) to a Jets stadium (they played Monday night).
We've been getting a fair amount of e-mail today about Youth Radio reporter Mara Fink's report on her grandmother's internment in a camp during World War II. Most of them has this message: It wasn't just the Japanese-Americans.
"You should also cover the internment of both German Americans and Italian Americans," wrote Arthur Jacobs of Tempe, Arizona. "They were held in more than 50 camps across this Great Land!"
Jacobs should know. He was held at Ellis Island and Crystal City, Texas. Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, but he's of German descent.
Writer Robert Seward of Idaho says he's working on a book about the Crystal City camp. "Ten out of eleven Japanese Americans were in all Japanese family camps like Manzanar," he said today. "The eleventh was in mixed-race internment camps run by INS. Eleven-thousand German Americans and 3,000 Italian American were also swept into internment camps due to the same type of hysteria that swept up the Japanese. Thousands more Italian Americans were strongly encouraged to leave San Francisco under threat of internment. The Crystal City Internment Camp was about half Japanese and half German."
Seward called our attention to this propaganda film about Crystal City called, 'The Alien Enemy.'
Here's an account of one German-American, Eberhard Fuhr of Illinois (he also lived in Minnesota as a boy), who described the camp in fairly favorable terms:
Update 4:04 p.m. The gentleman in the video above writes to us:
I lived in Edina seven years, before transfer. I was interned as a dangerous alien enemy at age 17 to 22 from 1943 until 1947, but I was German born, not Japanese with whom I was interned in Crystal City Texas. We lost our home in Cincinnati to looters/pillagers and finally foreclosure. Unlike the $20,000 each Japanese received, none of the 30,000 German internees received a dime of compensation. We neither broke any laws,or destroyed people or buildings. Our internment was not racial. What it was is for someone objective to determine. I can only guess surmise and remain puzzled. But to stay angry, bitter, or whatever, does little to move forward or to assuage the tangible and/or intangible losses. the loss to looters of a worthless photo of a grandparent,or a memento of no intrinsic value can be a priceless loss for my mother.
I would venture that I was interned longer than any Japanese, but then that means little.
I am forever grateful that I was able to matriculate Gustavus Adolphus, in 1948 earn freshman numerals in football in St Peter before I transferred to Ohio U.(3 Comments)
President Obama went toe-to-toe with the business community today when CNBC hosted a Town Hall forum on business issues in Washington. NPR's politics blog reports the concerns of the little people didn't come up much when the opportunity presented itself, and it says Obama booted an opportunity to explain the difference between a government and a business.
In advance of the event, CNBC's online poll -- not scientific -- showed that by a margin of 2-to-1, most people think they're worse off now than they were two years ago.
And in another poll -- this one scientific -- 90 percent of the people say they're "worried" about the economy, which raises two questions: (1) Are people feeling worse off because they're worse off? Or are they feeling worse off because they're spending more time worrying about maybe being worse off soon? (2) Who are the 10 percent who aren't worried about the economy.
But most of the big economic news seems to be coming from a declaration that doesn't affect anyone but statistic geeks. The National Bureau of Economic Research says the recession ended more than a year ago. It's a good tidbit for winning a bet or comparing recessions, but it really doesn't mean that individuals are any better or worse off than they were during the "official" recession.
How the economy affects us often has more to do with emotional factors than statistical ones.(3 Comments)
Balance. It's the word of the week in the continuing story of why the University of Minnesota pulled a Bell Museum-sponsored documentary about pollution in the Mississippi River.
"I'm not a scientist in this particular area. I was just looking at balance, and it seemed unbalanced," a university official told the Minnesota Daily.
Undefined, however, is the word, "balanced," and what it looks like.
It's a word that has caused more controversy in recent years, although most of it surrounds stories about climate change. Many of those who believe climate change is a scientific fact, resent attempts to present assertions that is not. Balance obscures consensus, they argue.
Balance is what has led to the dominance "he said/she said" news programming. In this particular case, a documentary is not journalism. But would balance -- some of those who viewed the film didn't think alternative farming methods should have gotten so much attention -- change the meaning?
"The world is not a balanced place. Stories that we cover today are increasingly complicated, they're complex. The truth and falsity of information is difficult to know. It's up to journalists to discern these distinctions when possible... to let viewers, readers, and listeners know how much they don't know," Brent Cunningham, managing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review told NPR's Talk of the Nation during a 2006 show on the subject.
What does balance look like to you? Is it equal time? Should the documentary producer -- or journalist -- present all sides and let you figure it out?(8 Comments)