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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bridge remnantsI-35W bridge collapse art event aims to spark discussion
    People from all walks of life will gather at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis Wednesday evening to mark the fifth anniversary of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.4:52 p.m.
  • 35W bridgeHigh-tech sensors track performance of 35W bridge
    The bridge is fitted with hundreds of sensors that track how the span reacts to things like weight on the bridge, vibration and temperature.5:20 p.m.
  • Creative Kidstuff's designCities debate art vs. advertising
    Minnesota's two largest cities are considering where to draw the line between art and advertising. Later this year, Minneapolis may relax the definition of "mural" to allow for pictures of products. And tonight, the St. Paul City Council will decide whether two cartoon cats count as signs or sculptures.5:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney Adviser Defends Candidate's Statements About Palestinian Culture
    A top foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended statements the Republican presidential candidate made in Israel about Palestinian culture.
  • President Obama Goes After Romney's Tax Plan
    President Obama campaigned in Ohio on Wednesday. He ripped into the tax proposals of his Republican rival Mitt Romney and said they would tax lower income people to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. Ari Shapiro talks to Audie Cornish.
  • Disputed Letter Could Set Back Israel-Egypt Relations
    A letter to Israel from Egypt's newly-elected President is fake, according to Egyptian officials. The dispute over the authenticity of the letter underscores the difficult relationship between Egypt's new Islamist leadership and neighboring Israel.
  • Translation Software For Music Makers
    It's always been a challenge to make eastern music using western composition software. Until now. The musician Jace Clayton has invented a program called Sufi Plug Ins to adapt commonly-used software for international users.
  • Politics Runs In The Family Of DNC Keynote Speaker
    Democrats have chosen Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, to give the keynote address at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. It marks a first for Hispanics.
  • McGovern Campaign Marked Beginning Of Direct Mail
    All this week, we're looking at the political tools presidential campaigns bring out in election years. Today, Audie Cornish speaks with two pioneers of direct mail. Morris Dees was the force behind the direct mail efforts of Senator George McGovern's campaign in 1971-1972. The campaign brought in millions thanks to hundreds of thousands of small donors reached through direct mail. We also hear from Richard Viguerie, who has been nicknamed a "funding father" of the conservative movement. He was a pioneer of the donor list, which is considered gold to campaigns today.
  • Lab Findings Support Provocative Theory On Cancer 'Enemy' Within
    Three separate teams of scientists have shown that so-called cancer stem cells can be found in brain tumors and early forms of skin and colon cancer. Evidence has been mounting in recent years for the existence of these cells, which are believed to resist standard chemotherapy and fuel the growth of tumors and relapses.
  • At Old Mine, Hopes Of Striking Gold With Dark Matter
    A mile-deep mine in South Dakota was closed a decade ago. Now, it's been cleaned up and revamped as an underground science laboratory. Scientists hope the experiments thousands of feet underground will help prove the existence of dark matter.
  • Coach: Throwing Discus More Mental Than Physical
    Discus is one of the original Olympic events and was first used to train Greek warriors. But just what goes into a discus throw? Longtime discus coach Tony Ciarelli tells Audie Cornish that it's all about the mind game.
  • Threat Of Sequestration Ruffles Capitol Hill
    Sequestration is on the minds of many on Capitol Hill. It's the jargony term for automatic across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to begin taking place in January if politicians cannot agree on a deal to cut the federal deficit. Half of those cuts — totaling some $500 billion — would come from defense. House Republicans are blaming the Obama administration and are demanding the Pentagon explain where it would cut. The Pentagon refuses even to plan for the cuts.

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