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Objects in Mirror: November 12, 2007 Archive

Reflections on Veteran's day

Posted at 6:37 AM on November 12, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

I know many offices may be closed today, so if you're home and want to reflect on Veteran's Day here's a few places to start:

MPR's Mark Zdechlik covered howone employer eases a vet's deployment and reintegration to civilian life, while also reporting that organizers of a veterans job fair say these soldiers possess many skills in high demand in the workplace. I cannot imagine the culture shock of returning stateside after two years in Iraq. If you or someone you know is in this process, help us cover this story.

Midday discussed the issues facing today's military and revisited the voices of America's oldest living veterans last Friday. You can listen to the archived show from your computer, and if you run into difficulty review our audio help page.

Audience recap of The Current Fakebook with John Waters

Posted at 8:37 AM on November 12, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Mary Lucia sat down with filmmaker John Waters last Saturday night. 89.3 fan and Gather contributor Auntie Smedley volunteered to pen a neat recap which opens with the wise words:

*** Disclaimer: If sexually explicit material makes you uncomfortable, please read no further. This is a review of a live John Waters stage show. ‘Nuff said. ***

You've been warned. Read
An Engaging Waters Brings His Filthy World To MPR Crowd At The Fitzgerald if you're braced for a little fun and language that doesn't comply with FCC standards. [ETA: You must be logged into Gather.com and have your account settings set to "Guarded Viewing off."]

More from MPR (all FCC friendly)
* Movie Natters blog: John Waters' most subversive thing

Midmorning: Casualties from Iraq

Posted at 9:17 AM on November 12, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

I'm listening to guest Lawrence Wilkerson (he served as chief of staff for former Secretary of State Colin Powell until 2005) on Midmorning today. The topic? Casualty figures and the stability of Iraq.

Do casualty figures tell the story of whether Iraq is becoming more stable, or not? Join the online discussion.

See MPR's Regional Deaths in Iraq map.

Timing is everything. Alternate title: The Current's Song of the Day is "Cake Parade"

Posted at 10:18 AM on November 12, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

The Current Song of the Day podcast features Georgie James' "Cake Parade" from their new album "Falling Off The Lavender Bridge." With lyrics like:

...The sun is up, looks like a perfect day to put our soldiers on a cake parade ...


...looks like a perfect day to put our soldiers in an early grave We can line them up and lay them on the lawn with all their purple hearts and badges of courage on...

one could remove the tinfoil hat and still wonder if it is coincidence or not. Then again, they did just play the 7th Street Entry on Saturday night.

Subscribe to the podcast to get "the best new, independent, and unreleased songs to share with you each weekday." It actually is a fantastic deal, and I've discovered some terrific music because of this podcast.

Monday's quick check: Three blog entries of interest

Posted at 12:51 PM on November 12, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media blogs are great for checking the temperature of a topic, even if it is literally about the temperature. Here are three blog entries that caught my eye today.

*More Proof that the Compensation System is out of Whack Is anyone outraged? (My Two Cents)

*Abbie Betinis on the Verge ...of a breakthrough success. (Classical Notes)

*Indian Summer Short version: Hope you enjoyed Sunday, because a cold front is approaching. (Updraft)

My notes in italics.

Garrison Keillor's reflection on Veteran's day

Posted at 2:10 PM on November 12, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Although I've already shared some coverage that aligns with Veteran's Day, A Prairie Home Companion's Web Producer (and my cube neighbor) Brett Baldwin dropped me an intriguing note:

"In The News from Lake Wobegon this week -- at about 3 minutes in -- GK starts talking about the living being obliged to carry on the wars of the dead, and how that may not really be true. It's moving, in the end, really sums up what Veteran's day is about: respecting those who served, for what they have been through is unimaginable."

Listen to the MP3 file or subscribe to the podcast.

Our featured online discussion is "Ugly As Sin: Modern Church Architecture and Modern Religion"

Posted at 3:47 PM on November 12, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Freshly featured on MPR's Minnesota Life discussion group at Gather.com: Ugly As Sin: Modern Church Architecture and Modern Religion.

Article author Greg Schiller asserts that Christianity's "modern search for meaning" actually caused it to become meaningless to the masses, and modern church architecture reflects that loss. Schiller begins:

"Religion in America is in steep decline, and I know why. Simply gaze upon any church built after 1950, and you will know why too. Modern churches are ugly as sin, and so too is modern religion."

Does architecture accurately reflect a changing community? Are the design changes the effect of a changing faith, the cause of it, or perhaps both? Join the online discussion about the relationship between community and design.

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