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Friday, November 30, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The Cube Critics: 'Hitchcock,' 'Sister'
    This week, a biopic about the master craftsman of cinematic terror and a movie about a wayward boy who steals ski equipment in the Swiss alps, both made it into the conversation on Cube Critics.3:54 p.m.
  • Todd HoffnerJudge dismisses child porn charges against Mankato coach
    A Blue Earth County Judge has dismissed child pornography charges against Minnesota State University Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner.5:20 p.m.
  • Cold Spring Police Officer Tom DeckerPolice call Cold Spring officer's shooting an ambush
    A police officer was shot and killed in Cold Spring late Thursday night after responding to a call about a man thought to be suicidal, and authorities say they have arrested someone in connection with the case.5:24 p.m.
  • Union Depot tourTransportation task force calls for gas tax and tab fee increases
    A task force appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for increases in the gas tax and tab fees to help the state pay for transportation.5:51 p.m.
  • Rep-elect Kurt Daudt, R-IsantiPoligraph: Daudt's numbers correct, but there's more to the story
    Incoming House Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt says he's surprised there's even talk of a tax increase given the Legislature will have more money to spend next year. But Daudt doesn't factor the state's spending obligations into his claim.5:55 p.m.
  • Senate Minority Leader Tom BakkPoliGraph: DFLers won, but Bakk's claim goes too far
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said in a recent interview on TPT's Almanac that a close look at the votes shows what a huge responsibility this win is for his party. It's entirely true that Democrats got more votes than Republicans this election, but Bakk's statement goes a bit too far.5:56 p.m.
  • The Cube Critics: 'Hitchcock,' 'Sister'
    This week, a biopic about the master craftsman of cinematic terror and a movie about a wayward boy who steals ski equipment in the Swiss alps, both made it into the conversation on Cube Critics.6:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Boehner: Fiscal Cliff Negotiations At A 'Stalemate'
    President Obama traveled to the the Philadelphia suburbs on Friday. He visited the maker of Tinker Toys and talked about the impact of tax hikes on consumers this Christmas season.
  • Week In Politics: Fiscal Cliff And Susan Rice
    Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the fiscal cliff and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's possible bid for Secretary of State.
  • Nuns Top '50 Shades' In Classical Music Smackdown
    Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album has been on Billboard's Classical Traditional Albums chart for 11 weeks, most recently in the top slot. But the album has been bumped this week by The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles — a group of singing nuns from Missouri. The Benedictines' album is called, Advent at Ephesus. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel have more.
  • Grand Canyon's Age Still Not Set In Stone
    If you were to visit Grand Canyon National Park, you might encounter an exhibit called the "Trail of Time" and learn that researchers believe the canyon is six million years old. But not all scientists think that age is correct. Some think the canyon is 20 million years old, and a new report suggests that the canyon existed alongside dinosaurs some 70 million years ago. Melissa Block talks with Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach, who has covered the colorful and sometimes contentious debate among researchers.
  • Tanzania's Albinos Face Constant Threat Of Attack
    For many albinos — born with a partial or total lack of pigment in their skin, hair and eyes — life is difficult, and that is particularly true in Tanzania, where they are attacked for their flesh, the result of superstitious beliefs. More than 100 albinos have been assaulted since 2006.
  • Weekend Vote Will Bring Controversial Changes To Psychiatrists' Bible
    A vote this weekend by a small group of academics could result in changes to several entries in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Doctors may no longer be advised to avoid diagnoses of depression after the death of a loved one, and Asperger's syndrome may be folded into the spectrum of autism.
  • An Existential Guide For When You're Really 'Lost'
    Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't usually read self-help books, but something about Walker Percy's existential optimism in Lost In The Cosmos actually changed his outlook on life. Do you have a favorite self-help book? Tell us in the comments below.
  • After Sandy Outages, A Tale Of Two Utilities
    Residents of Summit, N.J., waited weeks for the power to return after Superstorm Sandy. That's in stark contrast to the nearby town of Madison, where the lights were on in just a few days. Madison owns its own utility company — and after its shining performance, Summit is weighing the idea, too.
  • Far From Mexico, Students Try Saving Aztec Language
    The descendant of the ancient Aztec language is one of many endangered indigenous languages. Although there may still be a million speakers of Nahuatl, it is not being transmitted to a new generation. But there is an attempt to revive Nahuatl in New York City, and students eager to connect to their heritage are taking classes.
  • U.N. Ambassador Rice Not The Typical Diplomat
    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has come under attack from all sides in her bid to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. We take look at Rice's record and why her critics seem to be growing in numbers.

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