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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Future of food: vaccines with a peel and printable sushi
    MPR's Tom Crann talks to futurist Cecily Sommers about how tomorrow's food is being engineered today. Sommers says a banana a day could soon keep both the doctor and diseases away.4:44 p.m.
  • Looking out the windowBusTales and other transit adventures
    If America is a melting pot then buses are like moving cauldrons. Weird things can happen when passengers from every imaginable walk of life board the bus. Regular riders often have wild stories to tell. A Minneapolis man has created an online repository where these stories can be shared.5:25 p.m.
  • Wish You Were HereBody donors remembered with poetry, music and gratitude
    On average, 38,000 people die each year in Minnesota. About 260 of them donate their bodies to science. Medical students at the University of Minnesota say these body donors are vital to their education. And, every year, they try to thank those who gave the gift of themselves.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Scientists Produce Embryonic Stem Cells from Skin
    Two teams independently discover a way to turn ordinary human skins cells into stem cells with the same characteristics as those derived from human embryos, a breakthrough that could open the door for advanced medical therapies.
  • Stem-Cell Supporters, Critics Weigh In
    Supporters and opponents of embryonic stem-cell research agree that the new development is exciting, but they disagree on whether the findings should spell the end of such research.
  • Supreme Court to Review D.C. Handgun Ban
    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review the District of Columbia's nearly complete ban on the right to own and use a handgun. The city is appealing a ruling that said the ban is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.
  • Vendors of Oprah's Favorites Brace for Sales Boom
    When Oprah Winfrey endorses a product from a small company, a phenomenon called the O factor occurs. Vincent Larouche of LAFCO New York, a company of six, is preparing for a make-or-break moment after his soap was featured on Tuesday's episode of "Oprah's Favorite Things."
  • Musharraf Grips Power Tightly amid Upheaval
    While it appears that Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf is easing the state of emergency, he has not loosened his grip on power. On Tuesday, he was in Saudi Arabia, reportedly to dissuade the government from letting an ex-prime minister return to Pakistan.
  • Retirements Spark Air Traffic Controller Shortage
    The thousands of replacement air-traffic controllers hired in the early 1980s are now eligible to retire,and they're leaving a lot faster than expected. The government says safety has not suffered, but some worry the friendly skies are simply lucky.
  • Airlines Scramble for Fresh Options for Travelers
    With the holidays closing in fast, many would-be travelers are finding a surprising wealth of airline options, from planes that boast $10 seats to luxury carriers where $10 might not even buy a drink.
  • Art Pepper's 'Straight Life' Goes Straight to YouTube
    Art Pepper was a self-taught jazz legend. He played with Miles Davis and was hailed as one of the greatest alto players to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Parker. He also spent ten years in prison on narcotics charges. Now his widow is turning his life story into a series of short films she's posting on YouTube.
  • Obama and Clinton Stop Pulling Punches
    With just a few days left to catch voters' attention before the Thanksgiving holiday, the two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are in the two states that get the first say, and they're becoming more vocal with their criticisms of each other.
  • Revisiting Giuliani's Role as 'America's Mayor'
    Rudolph Giuliani's response to the Sept. 11 attacks revived his political career and primed him for a presidential run. But critics question some decisions made before the attacks, including locating emergency operations in the World Trade Center.

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