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Monday, June 13, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Historian David McCullough writes early Americans found the nation's future in Paris
    MPR's Tom Crann talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough about American pioneers who sought lessons in culture and innovation in France.4:45 p.m.
  • Minnesota Attorney General Lori SwansonSwanson petitions for authority to continue core gov't services
    Attorney General Lori Swanson filed petitions in Ramsey County Court today asking for legal authority to continue funding core state government services in the event of a shutdown.5:20 p.m.
  • Empty classroomPublic schools anxious over possible government shutdown
    Employees of Minnesota's public schools are not state workers, but their salaries and other school expenses rely on money that districts get from the state. So, one question surrounding a possible government shutdown is whether public schools in Minnesota would continue to receive state payments. Without any definitive ruling on the question yet, school leaders are drawing up contingency plans.5:24 p.m.
  • Candidates prepare for New Hampshire debate
    Two Minnesota Republicans -- former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann -- are among seven GOP presidential candidates participating in a debate Monday evening in New Hampshire. MPR reporter Mark Zdechlik talked with Tom Crann about preparations for the debate.5:51 p.m.
  • Army ammunitions plantVikings propose more user fees to pay for stadium roads
    The Minnesota Vikings have laid out a plan to close the gap between what they've already offered to build a new football stadium and what the state says it'll cost. The team said it's ready to meet the state halfway on the estimated $131 million it will cost to upgrade the roads around the stadium they want to build in Arden Hills.5:55 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • After 40 Years, Pentagon Papers Declassified In Full
    A top-secret Defense Department report on the Vietnam War that became known as the Pentagon Papers was leaked and partially published by The New York Times 40 years ago. Now all 7,000 pages are available in their entirety. "It's the real deal," says the man who organized their release.
  • Daniel Ellsberg Expected Life In Prison After Leaking Pentagon Papers
    Also, though not much isn't already known about what's in the papers, Ellsberg says today's declassification of them is a timely reminder of the dangers of too much government secrecy.
  • Film Producer Laura Ziskin Dies
    Film producer Laura Ziskin has died. She was responsible for such films as Spider-Man, Fight Club and As Good As It Gets.
  • GPS Users Fear Getting Lost In Wireless Expansion
    A multibillion-dollar proposal to provide broadband Internet access via satellites is raising concerns for GPS users, including aviators and emergency responders. They say the new service's signal will interfere with their devices.
  • Facebook Rolls Out Facial Recognition Feature
    Robert Siegel interviews Sharon Gaudin, senior writer for Computerworld, about Facebook's facial recognition technology. The social network has been rolling out a new automatic feature that helps users tag their friends and family in photos they upload to the site. Privacy advocates argue the new tool should be opt-in rather than opt-out — and have raised concerns about what Facebook might do with the biometric data.
  • Arab Spring Tests Turkey's Foreign Policy Goals
    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party — or, AK Party — assured of a third term in power, is continuing to flex its diplomatic muscle in the region. But the upheavals of the Arab Spring, now stretching into summer, are providing a severe test to Turkey's foreign policy goal of "zero problems with the neighbors." There is a huge problem on the border with Syria at the moment, as thousands of Syrians flee a violent government crackdown. Analysts say Turkey doesn't seem to have any better notion for dealing with the uprisings than Western powers, but it can still be an inspiration to young Arab pro-democracy activists.
  • Barada TV Puts Syria's 'YouTube Revolution' On Air
    Most international media is banned, but hte London-based satellite channel beams in anti-government programming, streaming videos uploaded by protesters. But WikiLeaks revealed the channel has U.S. financial support, costing it credibility inside Syria.
  • Why Is Obama Going To Puerto Rico?
    President Obama flies to Puerto Rico Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to officially visit the territory in 50 years. Melissa Block speaks with Frances Robles, correspondent with the Miami Herald, about what Obama's visit means to a growing Puerto Rican population — and his re-election efforts.
  • Despite Regional Upheaval, Moroccans Flock To Festival
    While Northern Africa is in the midst of turmoil, Moroccans rocked out at the Mowazine Music Festival. Put on by the king, the festival brings big names like Kanye West and Shakira. But not everyone is a fan of the lavish spending that goes into pulling off this singular event.
  • Obama Discusses Green Jobs In N.C.
    President Obama is wagering that green technologies will create the jobs of the future. He took that message to North Carolina Monday.

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