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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Pawlenty announces budget cutsJudge rules against Pawlenty on budget cuts
    A Minnesota judge has ordered the state to reinstate money for a food program that Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut from the budget, saying he acted unconstitutionally.5:19 p.m.
  • DancingMusic in the midst of Sri Lanka's civil war
    Minnesota and journalist Jesse Hardman got an inside view of the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka, and in the midst of the chaos he came upon an amazing story of a forgotten people.5:22 p.m.
  • Jay DrangeidGym using judo to help kids tackle larger issues
    In the sport of judo, contestants try to flip, fling or wrestle each other to the ground and keep them there; and in north Minneapolis, some neighborhood residents are using judo to help them tackle some larger problems.5:51 p.m.
  • Memorable stories of 2009
    Over the course of a year, Minnesota Public Radio's reporters, producers and hosts talk to hundreds of people from all walks of life. Some make a bigger impression than others. Some stories involve a behind-the-scenes challenge. MPR journalists each selected a story or show that was the most memorable to them.6:19 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • New Details In Failed Plane Plot
    U.S. intelligence collected intercepts from Yemen referring to a Nigerian being prepared for a terrorist attack before the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day. Also, the CIA met with the suspected terrorist's father last month and was warned about the Nigerian student's potential ties to extremists.
  • Vote On TSA Nominee Caught Up In Union Dispute
    The failed Dec. 25 airline bombing has spotlighted the fact that the Transportation Security Administration has been without a permanent leader for a year. A GOP senator put a hold on President Obama's nominee because the administration won't rule out collective bargaining for airport screeners.
  • 'You Lie,' 'Hands Off' Among Year's Top Quotes
    The quotes of current times are not great rhetorical speeches, but outbursts and clever remarks. This year's No. 1 quote, as selected by the The Yale Book of Quotations: "Keep your government hands off my Medicare," uttered by an anonymous attendee at a town hall health care meeting in South Carolina.
  • Capturing The Brief Life And Death Of An Infant
    Joanna Blum and Ashley Hutcheson talk about their extraordinary meeting to record the life and passing of Baruch Levi Blum. On Dec. 1, Blum gave birth to Baruch Levi. He weighed 2 pounds, 11 ounces. He lived about 10 minutes. Hutcheson, a photographer, was there to document his birth.
  • WWII Pacifists Exposed Mental Ward Horrors
    During World War II, several thousand conscientious objectors who refused to go to war were instead assigned to work in state mental hospitals. Many of the institutions were filthy, run-down and staffed with abusive workers. Charlie Lord worked at one in Philadelphia and secretly photographed the horrific conditions.
  • Not Much To Celebrate In Past Decade
    Some decades are named by history: the Roaring '20s, the Threadbare '30s. This decade came in with a bang and is going out with a whimper. In these 10 years, we have gone from peace to war, from surplus to deficit, from prosperity to recession.
  • No Such Thing As 'Too Much' Alice Munro
    Too Much Happiness, the newest collection of short stories from the master of the form, features a cast of lovers and losers, husbands and widows, scientists and woodworkers. "Is there anyone writing short fiction today in English who has more authority?" asks reviewer Alan Cheuse.
  • Obscure Music Finds An Outlet On The Web
    Advances in digital technology over the past decade have made it easier and cheaper to distribute music. But that doesn't necessarily mean those cherished, obscure LPs are turning up online — at least not legally.
  • Analysts: After Bailouts, Detroit Must Deliver In 2010
    Heading into the new year, analysts say Ford is the healthiest of the Big Three automakers. GM and Chrysler are stabilizing, but they must prove they are worth the $60 billion in bailout money it took to save them.
  • GM Offers Deep Discounts On Discontinued Cars
    Automaker General Motors is offering dealers big incentives to move thousands of vehicles from its discontinued Saturn and Pontiac lines at prices so low it amounts to a fire sale. John Stoll, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, offers his insight.

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