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Friday, April 5, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Austene Van, T. Mychael RamboAfrican-American dialect the heart of Penumbra's 'Spunk'
    Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul.3:50 p.m.
  • The Cube CriticsThe Cube Critics: Roger Ebert, 'Sapphires,' 'Evil Dead,' 'Angel's Share'
    The Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis pay their respects to film critic Roger Ebert, who died on Thursday, and then share reactions to "The Sapphires, Evil Dead, and "The Angel's Share."3:54 p.m.
  • Alan PageMinn. Justice Alan Page's foundation celebrates 25th year
    Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page's foundation has supported the work of more than 5,000 scholars of all academic levels.4:45 p.m.
  • Laurie Carlson gets Diet CokeWith soda bans, NE Minn. hospitals are at leading edge of US trend
    In the last few months, several hospitals in northeast Minnesota have stopped selling soda and other beverages that are sweetened with sugar. They are at the forefront of a growing national trend among health care facilities that are trying to combat the nation's obesity problem.4:54 p.m.
  • Electronic pull-tabsExpanding gambling oversteps stadium financing bargain, critics say
    Minnesota Lottery officials say they may have the solution to Minnesota's stadium financing problems, by getting into the electronic gambling business and picking up where electronic pulltabs have fallen short. Critics say they are unhappy with the prospect of the state taking on a bigger role in gambling.5:20 p.m.
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center FairviewGeography may be key in any deal for Fairview Health
    Merger talks are swirling around Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health of North and South Dakota. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants the public to weigh in on the situation at a hearing on Sunday at the Capitol.5:24 p.m.
  • What new UMN basketball coach Richard Pitino told reporters today
    Newly chosen University of Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino made a confident debut Friday, telling reporters the U already has the resources it needs to have a successful basketball program.5:50 p.m.
  • Austene Van, T. Mychael RamboAfrican-American dialect the heart of Penumbra's 'Spunk'
    Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul.5:55 p.m.
  • The Cube CriticsThe Cube Critics: Roger Ebert, 'Sapphires,' 'Evil Dead,' 'Angel's Share'
    The Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis pay their respects to film critic Roger Ebert, who died on Thursday, and then share reactions to "The Sapphires, Evil Dead, and "The Angel's Share."6:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Construction Jobs Take A Hit In March After A Fall Boost
    The latest employment numbers showed far fewer jobs were created in March than in February, disappointing those who had hoped robust growth from the winter months would hold into spring. The news overshadowed an effort from the White House to reach out to Republicans on the tax-and-spend front. The president said he would trim the growth in retirement programs if the GOP would accept some higher taxes. NPR's Scott Horsley talks to Robert Siegel about how the two issues are related.
  • Week In Politics: Jobs Numbers, President Obama's Budget
    Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the most recent jobs numbers and President Obama's budget.
  • Investigation Finds Wealth Of Information On Tax Evaders
    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released a massive report looking at offshore tax havens. The project was based on a huge trove of leaked documents looking into tax shelters and involved dozens of journalists from around the world. Robert Siegel talks with Gerard Ryle director of the ICIJ about the report.
  • Book Review: 'Submergence'
    Critic Alan Cheuse has his review of the new novel Submergence by Scottish journalist J.M. Ledgard.
  • Rutgers Athletic Director Resigns After Coach Is Fired
    Rutgers University's athletic director has resigned in the wake of a player abuse scandal that led to the firing of the school's men's basketball coach. Audie Cornish talks to Joel Rose.
  • The Other 'Final Four' Trades In Courts For Chess Boards
    Forget basketball, there's a different collegiate final four going on right now. This weekend, Webster University of St Louis, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Illinois square off outside Washington, D.C. in the Final Four of College Chess — the President's Cup. Robert Siegel talks to players Wesley So and Ray Robson and their coach, Susan Polgar.
  • In Post-Coup Central African Republic, Instability Remains
    Nearly two week after rebels seized control of the Central African Republic and ousted its president, the country is a shambles after widespread looting. Conflict-weary citizens want peace and to choose a new government, but it's far from certain that the future will more stable than the past.
  • FBI Building May Soon Be 'Put Out Of Its Misery'
    With D.C. real estate booming, it's no surprise that the government is thinking about unloading a building seen by many as an eyesore. The J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters of the FBI, sits on a valuable spot along Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the Capitol and the White House.
  • Bonobo: Challenging Music's 'Borders,' Finding A New Frontier
    On his new album, The North Borders, the British composer and DJ uses samples from the outside world, like the sound of a truck's air brakes, to push the idea of what can create melody and rhythm.
  • Although Unemployment Dropped In March, Job Growth Slowed
    The March unemployment report disappointed analysts with very weak job growth, and perhaps more significantly, a huge drop out in the labor force.

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