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Monday, March 26, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Knutson at Walter ReedPentagon apologizes to Minnesota soldier for conditions at Walter Reed hospital
    A former Minnesota Army National Guard officer says when he was at Walter Reed in the summer of 2004, his hospital rooms were unclean and possibly unhealthy.5:18 p.m.
  • Laura Osnes is the new SandyA chat with Minnesota "Grease" star Laura Osnes
    Laura Osnes of Eagan is the one America wants to play Sandy in the revival of "Grease" on Broadway this summer. She was chosen for the role Sunday night in the finale of the NBC series "Grease: You're the One that I Want." Osnes talks to MPR's Tom Crann about the experience.5:24 p.m.
  • DFLers hold news conference on educationSenate focuses attention on special education as it passes "lean" bill
    Senate DFLers say the state has to help schools with their special ed costs before funding new initiatives that Gov. Pawlenty has proposed. But the Senate education plan is leaner than either Gov. Pawlenty's education budget, or a House DFL bill released on Monday5:50 p.m.
  • Electronic wasteDesigned for the dump
    Each year the average Minnesota family sends approximately one ton of waste into a landfill. Some of it is cheap clothing, electronics and furniture that's designed not to last very long. But environmentally conscious consumers are finding alternatives.5:54 p.m.
  • Author John BanvilleAuthor John Banville crosses the line into crime fiction
    There are few more serious novelists writing today than John Banville, whose novel, "The Sea," won the Man Booker prize in 2005. Banville has now crossed the divide into crime fiction, writing his latest novel, "Christine Falls," under the name of Benjamin Black.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Stent No Better Than Drugs, Heart Study Finds
    A new study has found that widely used stents do not save more lives or reduce the risk of heart attacks compared to drug therapy. The study, unveiled at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting, has heart specialists asking what it means for patients.
  • Dems Allege Interference in Phone-Jamming Case
    Questions about political pressure in the Justice Department spill over into the New Hampshire phone-jamming case. The state Democratic Party alleges interference when a federal appeals court overturned the conviction of an RNC operative who green-lighted a scheme to disrupt Democrats' get-out-the-vote efforts.
  • In Washington, the Hard Truth is Hard to Come By
    Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr contrasts the disclosure by presidential candidate John Edwards that his wife's cancer has returned with Washington episodes of non-truth-telling.
  • Principal Gathers Prom Dresses for Texas School
    An interview last month with Barbara Critchfield, a counselor at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, caught the attention of a fellow educator. David Waters, a principal at Timberland High School in Wentzville, Mo., organized a prom dress drive with the hope of sending 250 prom dresses to the Texas school.
  • Explosions in the Sky's Instrumental Alternative
    The Austin, Texas, band called Explosions in the Sky has spent eight years pursuing what might strike some as a tiny sub-speciality: alternative instrumental rock. The band has a new album called All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone.
  • Warming Will Create Micro-Climates, Scientists Say
    Scientists say a warmer climate will create novel micro-climates — mixes of rain, heat and wind in a region like the Adirondacks or the Amazon. The mix of animals and plants in the new climates will be new, too.
  • Honking Horns Transformed: Ghana's Por Por Music
    A new CD features a unique musical combination from Ghana: drums, singing, bells and squeeze-bulb horns. The band members are taxi and truck drivers, and their music, por por, is named after the sound their horns make.
  • Ireland's Hard-Line Leaders Agree to Power Share
    The two hard-line leaders of Northern Ireland's Protestant and Catholic communities met for the first time Monday and agreed to start sharing power in the province. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and the Rev. Ian Paisley, head of the Democratic Unionist Party, agreed to work together in a coalition government starting in May.
  • The History of the River That Divides Iran and Iraq
    Houchang Chehabi, professor of International Relations and History at Boston University, explains the history of the Shatt al-Arab, the river that divides Iraq and Iran.
  • Australian Detainee Has Hearing at Guantanamo
    Australian citizen David Hicks, charged with providing material support for terrorism, had a hearing Monday at Guantanamo. Hicks is the first prisoner to be formally charged under new military tribunal rules drawn up in the wake of a Supreme Court decision which found the previous rules unconstitutional.

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