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Monday, September 17, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • A nurse at Abu GhraibThe worst assignment in Iraq
    Lt. Col. (ret.) Deanna Germain was a nurse and caregiver to the U.S. soldiers and Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.4:50 p.m.
  • The Ramstads retireRamstad announces his retirement from Congress
    After years of commuting from Minnesota to Washington, Ramstad acknowledged, "I'm burned out. I'm tired. I still have the passion for policymaking, I still have the passion for politics. But I want to be home."5:20 p.m.
  • Beltrami suicide rate triggers Health Department investigation
    New analysis from the Minnesota Department of Health shows Beltrami County's suicide rate is nearly double the statewide average.5:50 p.m.
  • Children in the gardenLearning from the garden
    A north Minneapolis elementary school aims to help students grasp new concepts by getting them out of the classroom, and into the dirt.5:55 p.m.
  • Junot DiazJunot Diaz and 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'
    While most authors strive for clarity, Junot Diaz says he wanted to create a story that would be difficult to grasp. The New York Times described his new novel as "Mario Vargas Llosa meets "Star Trek" meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West."6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Lawyers Give AG Nominee Strong Marks
    President Bush's nominee to succeed Alberto Gonzales as attorney general is retired federal judge Michael Mukasey of New York. Attorneys who have argued cases in Mukasey's courtroom say he is smart and fair.
  • Weighing the Mukasey Nomination
    Is Michael Mukasey the right choice for attorney general? What are his prospects before the Senate?
  • Iraq Pulls Blackwater's License for Security Work
    Iraqi authorities have revoked the U.S. security firm Blackwater's license to work in Iraq, but the impact of the move is unclear. Over the weekend, Blackwater personnel guarding a convoy opened fire, reportedly killing nine civilians and wounding at least 15 others.
  • What Was Blackwater's Role in Iraq?
    Since 2003, the North Carolina-based company Blackwater has provided security services in Iraq. But the Interior Ministry revoked the firm's license Monday following a gun battle in Baghdad that left nine civilians dead.
  • Climate Changes Lives of Whalers in Alaska
    Traditionally, the Yupik people have survived on St. Lawrence Island by hunting whales and walrus in the surrounding ice sheets. Later freezes and earlier thaws are changing the island's landscape and the community's livelihood and culture.
  • 'The Virginian' Teaches the Merit of a Man
    When Benjamin Percy was a boy, his father handed him a weather-beaten copy of Owen Wister's 1902 Western epic. "Reading this will make a man out of you," he said.
  • 'Back to You' Crew: Sitcoms Are Serious Business
    The cast and creative team on Fox's new comedy have worked on plenty of the half-hour TV hits (and some of the flops) of the last three decades. They say that while their show's setup has some built-in laugh potential, ultimately the "sit" in "sitcom" is less important than the execution.
  • Mukasey Nomination Finds Friends on Hill
    Democrats offer a positive initial reaction to the nomination of retired federal judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general, saying they believe President Bush listened to Congress in choosing a candidate acceptable to both parties.
  • White House Took Care in Vetting Mukasey
    The White House made sure Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey would fly with potential opponents: conservative Republicans as well as various Democrats. President Bush stayed away from more volatile choices.
  • Clinton Unveils New Health Care Plan
    Sen. Hillary Clinton's new universal health care proposal calls for businesses to obtain insurance for employees and offers health insurance tax credits for individuals and companies.

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