Most memorable stories of 2008 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 for them.4:48 p.m.
The year in the media Minnesota played a big part in the news of 2008, especially in politics. Newspapers, online and broadcast media all got into the act. But it has been a tough year for media, here in Minnesota and elsewhere. As part of our look back on the year that was, All Things Considered host Tom Crann talked to David Brauer, who covers media for Minnpost.com.4:55 p.m.
Companies vow to change mortgage terms -- for a price Homeowners facing foreclosure are increasingly hearing from third-party companies offering to negotiate better terms on their mortgages. Housing advocates say the firms represent the latest form of industry predators.5:20 p.m.
New era for police/community relations in Minneapolis The end of 2008 also means the end of the voluntary mediation process designed to improve police/community relations in Minneapolis. The five-year-long program has expired. But community members who worked on the mediation say there's more work to be done and some say legal action may be needed to finish the job.5:24 p.m.
Studs Terkel's conversations about music In 1964, legendary radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel brought a young, virtually unknown songwriter from Hibbing into the studios at WFMT Chicago. That interview with a young Bob Dylan is one of dozens he has transcribed into a collection of conversations about music. Terkel says the book's title, "And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey," comes from an interview with conductor Leonard Bernstein. He talked with MPR's Tom Crann.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Divided Arab League Calls For Halt To Gaza Strikes
Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo to discuss the crisis in Gaza as the Israeli military operation there, as well as Palestinian rocket fire into Israel, continued for a fifth day. But as often happens at Arab League meetings, while the rhetoric was strong, the unity of purpose was scarce.
Experts Weigh How Gaza Fighting May End
Three Middle East experts discuss how the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza might end. Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the James Baker Institute of Public Policy at Rice University, and Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, offer their insight.
Spike In U.S. Medevac Crashes Prompts Oversight
Helicopter medevac flights in the U.S. killed 28 people in 2008, the most dangerous year on record. Officials say there is no common thread between the crashes, but the number of accidents has drawn the attention of Congress and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Grim Prospects For The New Year
In 1996, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan cautioned against "irrational exuberance." Now, in the 21st century, we live in the age of anxiety. Shopping is down; shoplifting and other woes are up. Dickens was only half-right: it's not the best of times, but only the worst of times.
Dora Roped Into Viacom-Time Warner Fee Spat
Media giant Viacom says 13 millions subscribers will be unable to see Comedy Central and 18 other channels at 12:01 a.m. Thursday if there is no deal by then with Time Warner on a new carriage-fee deal. L.A. Times business reporter Meg James explains why Dora the Explorer has become involved.
Times Square Ball To Stay Through Year
The giant crystal ball perched above Times Square is a New Year's Eve icon. Millions of people watch it drop in person and hundreds of millions more on TV. So why not give it a bit more stage time? Rather than put the ball away come Jan. 1, New York officials want to use the sphere to celebrate other holidays.
Burris, At Center Of Storm, Calls Appointment Legal
Roland Burris, named by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat, says that despite corruption allegations surrounding the governor, his appointment is legal.
Legality Of Blagojevich Appointment Examined
As Democrats seek to block the appointment of Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama in the Senate, Charles Tiefer, a former counsel to the U.S Senate and House and now a professor at the University of Baltimore Law School, offers his insight.
Despite Low Oil Prices, Airlines Foresee Tough Year
Although oil prices have fallen from a high of about $140 a barrel to below $40 a barrel, airlines expect the faltering economy to contribute to a tough business environment. Passengers hoping for a break from the checked-baggage fee will have to wait a while longer.