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Objects in Mirror: November 19, 2007 Archive

Front and center: MPR.org's Monday morning headlines

Posted at 8:09 AM on November 19, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Front and center of MPR.org:

Hennepin Technical College student diagnosed with TB It is reported as an "active and infectious form" of tuberculosis.

How to help ex-offenders stay out of prison Consider the culture shock, not to mention the struggle to find a job. Can Minnesota's new pilot program break the cycle of recidivism?

Minnesotans drive billions of vehicle miles a year, but the growth has leveled off Compare that to the national yearly increase is about 1.8 percent. We probably can't celebrate just yet, as Dan Olson reports it has, "leveled off at a very high level in Minnesota."

My notes in italics.

Join us for an online Q&A with Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Posted at 10:01 AM on November 19, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Midmorning talks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran about Oil and the new machine:

Some experts say the auto industry must adapt to energy shortages to survive. A new book examines what transportation could look like in the future for Detroit's Big Three and the global auto industry.

GUEST: Vijay Vaitheeswaran is co-author of "Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future." He is also former correspondent for The Economist, and an MIT-trained engineer.

The conversation doesn't end there. Listen to the program at 11:06 a.m. ET / 10:06 a.m. CT, and post your questions for him in the online discussion.

Vaitheeswaran will reply to questions throughout this week, so please check the discussion often!

Share your movie suggestions for the Thanksgiving weekend

Posted at 11:32 AM on November 19, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Movie Natters author Euan Kerr posted his Annual Thanksgiving Movie Festival Question:

For the last few years our family has had a tradition of going away to the cabin, armed only with a mountain of food and a few classic movies we feel we should have really seen but never have.

Which movies would you suggest? Kerr enjoys cinematic recommendations, and will even incorporate some of them into his family's own private movie festival. The definition of "classic" is completely up to you. Share your ideas in the blog comments.

Technology: Is this the age of e-books?

Posted at 1:46 PM on November 19, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Jon Gordon reports Amazon tries to usher in the age of e-books:

The Kindle is about the size of a paperback, weighs 10 ounces, and sports a 6-inch screen. It's display attempts to match the clarity of a printed book.

According to Amazon's product page there are more than 88,000 book titles available, and you can subscribe to any number of newspapers or magazines. What people seem to have missed is Amazon's statement about also accessing "more than 250 top blogs" on the device.

I have to wonder about the Kindle's appetite for energy. Run out of power far from an outlet and you could be Version 2.0 of Mr. Henry Bemis. Have you seen one? Will you get one? Talk about it on our Minnesota Readers discussion group.

Related on MPR: Jon Gordon is the author of wavLength, a blog about technology and the Web.

MPR has a new managing online editor

Posted at 3:41 PM on November 19, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR.org has a new managing online editor. You may know Mike Rezler Reszler from such Web sites as TwinCities.com. (He served as senior editor for the Pioneer Press online.) Glad to see Mike onboard!

Meanwhile, Bob Collins hasn't jumped ship. He'll be dedicated to writing and producing content for the Web, and if I'm lucky he'll post an interesting discussion or two to our discussion groups.

Hat tip to The News Grid

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