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Friday, June 4, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Pine Bend covers over 1,000 fenced acresThe environmental cost of oil's journey to Minnesota
    Although the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the attention of many Minnesotans, most of the state's oil comes from Canada, where oil sands production also carries environmental risks.3:20 p.m.
  • Maintenance worker at Flint HillsSlideshow: The source and destination of Minnesota's oil
    While off-shore oil drilling has received a lot of attention recently because of its potential environmental costs, most of Minnesota's oil comes from Canada, where oil sands production also carries environmental risks. Crude oil arrives at the Flint Hills refinery in Rosemount, Minn. in a pipeline that runs more than 1,000 miles to Alberta, Canada.3:21 p.m.
  • Gordon StewartCommentary: A lesson learned out on the Gulf of Mexico
    All the images of oil-covered birds and idled fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico have our commentator, Reverend Gordon Stewart, recalling a lesson he learned out on the water.3:55 p.m.
  • McCall Smith eager to make it back to Minnesota
    A lot of people were disappointed when the Icelandic volcano put the kybosh on Alexander McCall Smith's visit to the Twin Cities recently - including the author himself.4:44 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Jobs Report Disappoints Economists
    Private sector hiring was essentially flat in May, with fewer workers being hired than expected. It's disappointing news after signs earlier in the year of a labor market recovery. The economy did add 431,000 jobs, but the overwhelming majority of those were temporary government Census positions. Only 41,000 private sector jobs were added. Frank Langfitt
  • Week In Politics: Economy, Gaza Blockade
    Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the latest economic figures, the Gaza blockade and midterm elections.
  • You Say 'Hot Dogs,' Rhode Islanders Say 'Weenies'
    If you're visiting Rhode Island this summer, be careful what you order. In the Ocean State, a hot dog isn't always a hot dog. Ask for a wiener and you'll pass for a local while you experience some of Rhode Island's unique cuisine.
  • A Little Bird Mired In Oil Illuminates A Big Problem
    One photo is drawing eyes around the world -- and may become the defining image of an environmental disaster. It's of a tiny bird -- called a laughing gull -- covered in horrific gunk that looks like melted chocolate. But there's a bit of good news, according to the bird rescue center where it was taken: The little guy should survive.
  • Helping The Pros: Amateur Ideas To Stop The Oil Spill
    The BP oil spill is proving to be a tough problem to solve -- and many amateurs are coming up with what they think could be potential solutions, from controlled explosions to a Kevlar water balloon -- or using hay to separate the oil from seawater. The problem is getting those ideas to the right people.
  • As World Focuses On Gaza, Grim Lives Go On
    A second humanitarian aid ship is heading toward the Gaza Strip in the latest attempt to defy a three-year Israeli naval blockade. For ordinary Gazans, life remains difficult: Most people rely on food aid and are living below the poverty level, and a sense of hopelessness pervades.
  • Pressure Mounts For Israel To Change Gaza Policy
    Pressure is mounting on Israel to lift its long siege of the Gaza Strip, following the Israeli commando raid that left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead on a ship attempting to deliver relief supplies to Gaza. The Netanyahu government insists the blockade must remain in place, and the Israeli prime minister has strong domestic support for that stand. Sheera Frenkel
  • Odds Of Pitching Perfect Game Rising
    Pitcher Armando Galarraga's nearly perfect game this week would have been the third in a month. Michele Norris talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about whether this is just a coincidence or if there is a reason behind the rash of perfect pitching. They also discuss hockey and basketball finals.
  • John Grisham Tackles Writing Suspense For Kids
    In Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, the best-selling author writes about a 13-year-old amateur attorney. Grisham says writing his first book for young readers was a challenge because he didn't want to talk down to his audience. He tells NPR's Michele Norris that kids are "a tougher crowd" than adults.
  • BP Breathes Sigh Of Relief Over Efforts To Contain Oil
    BP reported some success Friday in trying to contain the Gulf oil spill, placing a containment device over a recently severed pipe a mile below the water's surface. But, as NPR's Richard Harris reports, oil is sill spewing out of the broken well.

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