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Friday, July 18, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ron MazurowskiHis mission: make new citizens voters
    In Minnesota, one man has made it his mission to make sure new citizens are ready to exercise the right to vote.4:49 p.m.
  • Front of the MIAMIA tries to quell concerns of local artists
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is holding a community meeting with local artists to reassure them their voices are still being heard.4:54 p.m.
  • Gillig BRT busThat new bus smell
    Metro Transit is rolling out more than 100 new buses this summer. They've got traditional diesel engines, but they're built for the Internet age.5:19 p.m.
  • Following the laws of physics in superhero movies
    MPR's Tom Crann talks to Jim Kakalios, University of Minnesota physics professor and author of "The Physics of Superheroes," about this summer's comic book inspired movies.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Independent Groups Step Up On-Air Ads
    Independent groups have yet to unveil an ad as damaging as the Swift Boat Veterans spot that hurt Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004. But as the summer goes on, more groups are producing radio and TV spots targeting the presidential race and key Senate battles.
  • Getting Mortgages Is More Difficult
    In today's economic climate, many Americans are finding it more difficult to obtain mortgages. Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America, points to fewer low down-payment mortgage programs and piggyback loans, as well as higher credit score requirements.
  • Political Influence-Peddling Gains Finesse
    These days, influence peddling in politics rarely takes the form of outright bribery. Instead, through political action committees and other means, the identity of donors and recipients of campaign funds are often disguised.
  • Carter's New Thriller Mixes Murder, Love And Politics
    Novelist Stephen Carter, who is also a professor at the Yale Law School, says his latest novel, Palace Council, is a thriller, a conspiracy, a love story and historical fiction. And the process of writing it was "utterly exhausting."
  • A Salute To 'The Heart Of NPR,' Gary Smith
    Longtime NPR Greeter and Client Services Coordinator Gary Smith passed away this week. For years, he sat at the reception desk at NPR's Washington headquarters. Smith was a force field of good cheer; he was a big man who became the heart of NPR.
  • Remembering Nelson Mandela's Pivotal Moment
    When he stood up in a South African courtroom during his treason trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela declared that he was "prepared to die" for his cause. As Mandela turns 90, a documentary studies the pivotal moment when he became a worldwide symbol of the struggle for freedom and democracy.
  • 'Mamma Mia!' Revisits The Greek Wedding
    The folks directing, scripting and producing Mamma Mia! are the same ones who did the show on Broadway. They are not movie people, and it shows at times: The performers have been encouraged to overdo, play to the back row, and belt songs into each other's faces.
  • 'Buffy' Creator Proves Doogie Howser Can Sing
    This week, in an unusual first, television producer Joss Whedon unveiled Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a musical comedy written for — and released exclusively on — the Internet.
  • Analyst: Falling Oil Prices May Be Start Of Decline
    Oil prices have spiked all year. This week, however, they fell. Phil Flynn, an analyst at Alaron Trading Corporation, says the stock market's rally put a damper on oil prices. He said as long as there's no bad news, there may soon be good news at the pump.
  • Where's Gas Cheaper? It's Relative
    Gasoline prices can vary widely from place to place. What seems expensive in Tucson, Ariz., can seem downright cheap just up the road in Phoenix. In fact, the difference in the two cities provides a good example of how geography often affects what you pay at the pump.

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