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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Geraldine BrooksGeraldine Brooks finds mystery in an ancient text
    When Geraldine Brooks covered the Bosnian crisis for the Wall Street Journal, she became fascinated by the disappearance of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a prized medieval text. The story of its recovery launched what was to become Brooks' new novel, "People of the Book."3:49 p.m.
  • Clinton, Obama and EdwardsPresidential campaigns make pre-caucus moves
    The Obama campaign starts running ads as the Clinton campaign names new Minnesota supporters.5:19 p.m.
  • A man with a fishSenate candidates learn the pitfalls of online politics
    Many candidates are now trying to use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook to recruit volunteers, communicate with supporters and get their messages out online.5:23 p.m.
  • Olga VisoOlga Viso looks to develop the Walker's strengths
    There's been a changing of the guard at many of Minnesota's arts institutions. At the Walker Art Center, 41-year-old Olga Viso is assuming control at a pivotal time in the life of the museum.5:54 p.m.
  • Zamboni machine & riderRiding the Zamboni
    Have you ever wondered how they keep the ice at the Xcel Energy Center shiny? It takes 15,000 gallons of water to keep the ice up to the standards of National Hockey League.6:19 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Republicans Set for Last Debate Before Fla. Primary
    The field of Republican presidential candidates is dwindling. A debate Thursday night in Boca Raton is their last encounter before Tuesday's pivotal Florida primary. The candidate with the most at stake is former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, but polls show him slipping in Florida.
  • States' Rules Vary for Winning Delegates
    The race to be a presidential candidate this year is so tight that attention is turning to counting every last delegate available. But the process for winning delegates is quite complicated. Some states base it on the percentage of the popular vote, while others use a winner-take-all strategy. And what exactly is a "super delegate"?
  • Rooster Andrews, Longhorns Legend, Dies at 84
    Rooster Andrews, a legendary figure of the University of Texas football team, died this week at the age of 84. He was a water boy for the 1943 team when the coach put him in the game to kick an extra point.
  • Kenyan President, Rival Hold Talks on Election
    In Kenya, the sitting president and the runner-up held their first talks since the disputed Dec. 27 presidential election. Both men, along with mediator Kofi Annan, emerged from the meeting shaking hands and promising to work toward peace. But within hours, the opposition accused President Mwai Kibaki of being insincere.
  • Kenyan Opposition Leader Calls for New Election
    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who challenged President Mwai Kibaki in a contested election, says the only way to solve the dispute is for Kibaki to step down or for a new election to be held. Odinga denies claims that his party has orchestrated violence against Kibaki's ethnic group.
  • Tracing Hillary Clinton's '35 Years' of Experience
    When Hillary Clinton makes a campaign appearance, she almost certainly will highlight her experience — 35 years, she says — as one of her qualifications for becoming president. Suzanne Goldenberg, author of a book about Clinton, evaluates those claims.
  • Four Florida Republicans Weigh 'Real Conservatives'
    Robert Siegel attends a monthly Republican Party meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla., and talks with GOP voters about who they intend to vote for in Tuesday's presidential primary. One likes Romney; one Huckabee; one Giuliani; and one is undecided.
  • Genetic First: Bacterium's Code Built from Scratch
    Scientists have taken another step on the way toward building an organism from the ground up. They built from scratch the genetic code of an entire bacterium and then assembled it into one piece.
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads on a New Box Set
    The Grammy-nominated People Take Warning! collects historical songs of murder and disaster during a fertile era for blues and country music: 1913-38. With its cautionary title against the looming industrial age, these musicians took the sensationalism of calamity to song.
  • Stimulus Plan Refunds $600 to $1,200 to Taxpayers
    House leaders and the White House have reached a tentative agreement on an economic stimulus package that includes tax rebates for households and tax cuts for businesses. The deal still has to get through Congress, though, and neither Democrats nor the GOP were totally happy.

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