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Friday, January 2, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Carol O'ConnellCarol O'Connell and the covenant of the crime novel
    Carol O'Connoll's new novel "Bone by Bone" opens with a human jawbone sitting on the front porch of a house in a small California town.4:50 p.m.
  • Coleman and FrankenMinn. Senate forecast: Flurry of action, hazy end
    Minnesota's Senate recount played out on three fronts Friday: local officials readied unopened absentee ballots for counting this weekend, the state's highest court kept a legal door open for Sen. Norm Coleman, and a top Republican in Washington hinted at a Capitol battle ahead.5:20 p.m.
  • Ballot boxMinn. Supreme Court wants info before Senate case ruling
    Minnesota's highest court is asking counties to provide more information before ruling on a Senate race petition from Republican Norm Coleman seeking to add ballots to the recount.5:22 p.m.
  • Cliff MitchellLongtime central Minnesota radio man signs off
    A central Minnesota broadcasting icon retired this week. For the past 56 years, many Minnesotans grew up listening to radio announcer Cliff Mitchell on KASM-AM in Albany. At 80 years old, Mitchell decided it was time to leave the airwaves.5:23 p.m.
  • Library returnsWhich city services will be scaled back?
    There's no question cities around Minnesota are tightening their belts in response to the state's multi-billion dollar budget deficit. The question is how to adjust their budgets with as little impact to the services they offer residents as possible.5:55 p.m.
  • No home sweet homeMost 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.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Gaza Strikes Spur Protests, Vows Of Retaliation
    Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, as well as Hamas rocket attacks against Israel, continue. Prospects of a cease-fire appear to have dimmed after the killing Thursday of a senior Hamas leader. Protests against the airstrikes spread to the West Bank.
  • What Obama Team Might Face In Gaza
    Robert Malley, director of the International Crisis Group's Middle East program, and Martin Indyk, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, discuss the possible challenges faced by the incoming Obama administration in the Middle East.
  • Google CEO's Influence With Obama May Aid Tech
    Google CEO Eric Schmidt endorsed Barack Obama during the campaign. Now the most powerful CEO in Silicon Valley is part of a team of advisers to the president-elect.
  • Thrillers For A Winter's Night
    It's a good time to be holed up with the supercharged pages of some new thrillers. Here are four: Noir by Olivier Pauvert, Eclipse by Richard North Patterson, Daemon by Daniel Suarez, and Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child.
  • Muslim Taken Off Plane By AirTran Speaks Out
    Atif Irfan is one of the nine Muslim passengers detained and questioned at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after fellow passengers on their AirTran flight reported hearing a suspicious conversation between Irfan and his sister-in-law. The group was later cleared by the FBI and awarded refunds. Irfan discusses what happened.
  • Letters: Asperger's, Masala
    Listeners respond to the piece about life with Asperger's syndrome and to the reference to masala in the forecast for this year.
  • Iowa Family Pitches In To Make Profit Off Livestock
    Each year, the Griffieons net about $5,000 from the cattle, hogs, chickens and turkeys they raise on their farm. Craig Griffieon tends to the cattle, while his wife, LaVon, and daughter Autumn sell the meat. Autumn says she gets attached to the animals, but the money helps reconcile her feelings.
  • Disabled Guitarist Finds New Sound In Mbira
    For a musician, essential tremor disorder can be devastating. The disease affects fine motor coordination, causing hands to shake. But guitarist Richard Crandell has found a new way to continue composing and performing.
  • Palestinian Envoy Seeks Verifiable Gaza Cease-Fire
    Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian observer to the United Nations, says there must be an immediate cease-fire to end the violence in the Gaza Strip. He also wants an agreement on an international force to guarantee the cease-fire.
  • Israeli Ambassador Outlines Demands
    Israel seeks a new situation on the ground, says Sallai Meridor, Israel's ambassador to the United States. He says in order for Israel to agree to a cease-fire, the rocket fire from Hamas must stop and Iran should not be allowed to build a terror base on Israel's border.

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