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Midmorning: Smoking bans and "100 Years of Solitude"

Posted at 7:39 AM on January 26, 2007 by Bill Wareham (1 Comments)

The Minnesota Legislature has taken up a bill that would ban smoking in public places across the state, from restaurants to taxi cabs. At 9 a.m., Midmorning looks at the feasibility and the fairness of the proposal, which is similar to a bill introduced in Wisconsin.

Kerri Miller's guests are Jim Farrell, executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association; state Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato; Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, who recently proposed a statewide smoking ban; and Scott Stenger, spokeperson for the Tavern League of Wisconsin.

At about 9:40 a.m., Kerri catches up with Matthew Bogdanos, author of "Thieves of Baghdad," about his continuing search for stolen Iraqi antiquities.

At 10 a.m., another edition of the Midmorning Book Club. Today, Kerri discusses One Hundred Years of Solitude, the magical realism classic that earned Gabriel Garcia Marquez a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Kerri's guests are Gene Bell-Villada, professor of romance languages at Williams College. He is the author of Garcia Marquez: The Man and His Work and editor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook. Also, Regina Janes, professor of English at Skidmore College. She is the author of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Revolutions in Wonderland and One Hundred Years of Solitude: Modes of Reading.

Comments (1)

Question. Yes, smoking causes early death. Yes, smoking by others costsme more for my jhealth insurance. So, why not simply ban all tobacco poroducts in MN? Could it be that taxes suddenly become morre important that health issues?

Posted by fulton gallagher | January 26, 2007 9:31 AM