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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Art HoundsArt Hounds
    Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:44 p.m.
  • Critic of expanded background checks says enforce the laws in place
    An angry president Obama said Wednesday that it was a shameful day in Washington after the U.S. Senate failed to take up the issue of expanded background checks.4:54 p.m.
  • Marriage rallySame-sex marriage supporters rally at Capitol
    Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters are swarming the Capitol in hopes of winning over lawmakers whose support they need if the bill comes up for a vote later this spring.5:20 p.m.
  • Proposed State Grant increase concerns MnSCU students
    A proposed record boost in the state's main post-secondary financial aid program is drawing criticism from student leaders at Minnesota state colleges and universities, who say they wouldn't get their fair share of the increase.5:24 p.m.
  • SPCO Concertmaster Stephen CopesSPCO musicians get Monday deadline to vote
    Management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced today it has reached an agreement on electronic media rights with the American Federation of Musicians. A tentative local contract agreement with the locked out musicians was dependant on reaching a deal with the AFM. Management says it will end the lockout on Tuesday if SPCO musicians to accept the local deal by 5 p.m. Monday.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion 'A Nightmare Scenario'
    The search and rescue operation continues after a massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Crews are going through the wreckage of some 75 homes and other buildings. Officials are not giving a death toll — though they are repeating the estimate between five and fifteen. More than 160 people were injured.
  • Agencies That Oversee Fertilizer Plants Have Spotty Records
    Melissa Block talks to Danny Zwerdling about what's known so far in the Texas fertilizer plant explosion. They cover its operations, past safety problems, the history of fertilizer plant explosions, and possible responses by regulators and investigators
  • FBI Delays Releasing Surveillance Video In Boston Attack
    Robert Siegel talks with counterterrorism expert Nicholas Cassale about where the investigation and the benefits and pitfalls of releasing information to the public too soon.
  • Listen: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach's 'Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor'
    Ma said he thought of the piece as "a struggle for hope," capturing the feeling in Boston perfectly.
  • Disgraced Politicians Try To Stage Their Second Acts
    Americans love a political comeback. And voters seem increasingly willing to overlook infidelity scandals — at least that's what former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford are hoping as they set their sights on returning to public office. But former Governors Eliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevey are staying out of politics, at least so far.
  • Tracking 'Killer Electrons' Help Predict Risks To Satellites
    Scientists say the sun is now in an active period, creating more space weather that could interfere with the satellites we depend on for TV, cellphones and weather forecasts. From member station KQED, Lauren Sommer reports that researchers are taking advantage of the weather to learn more about the Earth's magnetic field.
  • Conn. Governor Lambastes Senate After Gun Control Bill Fails
    After the Sandy Hook shooting, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law some of the strictest gun controls in the country. He also urged the passage of new federal restrictions. Melissa Block talks with Malloy about his reaction to the Senate's failure to pass legislation this week.
  • Coburn Proposal Would Make Buyer Prove Ability To Buy Guns
    Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma about why he voted no against the measure to expand background checks. The measure failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.
  • In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys' Lives Into 'Masterpieces'
    In Washington's Ward 7, where only 33 percent of students graduate from high school, a program called Life Pieces to Masterpieces is sending nearly 100 percent of its graduates to college or post-secondary education.
  • Lang Lang Shares A Tale Of Two Teachers
    A great art teacher can make a huge difference in a young life — and a bad teacher can be a great discouragement. Concert pianist Lang Lang tells us about a bad teacher he had and a great teacher who led him to discovering the music of many different cultures.

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