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Friday, August 13, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Footbridge at Whitewater State ParkComposer brings talent to Minn. woods
    With help from the American Composers forum a composer and Bloomington native Ryan Ingebritsen is inviting the public to experience an exploration of sound and nature in Banning State Park.4:53 p.m.
  • Moose Lake Correctional FacilityHigh-level sex offenders to be released for first time
    It's likely that judges will soon pave the way for Minnesota's first release of civilly-committed sex offenders--those who've committed some of the most violent crimes.5:19 p.m.
  • Gary ShteyngartDinner Party Download with Gary Shteyngart
    This summer, The New Yorker editors named Gary Shteyngart one of the best young fiction writers on Earth. He tells us about his new novel, his distaste for "crunch culture," and his weiner dog, on this week's edition of The Dinner Party Download.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Russia Takes First Step In Start-Up Of Iran Nuke Plant
    Russia said Friday it will begin loading nuclear fuel rods into the reactor of Iran's first nuclear power plant next week.
  • Rep. Waters Defends Herself Against Ethics Charges
    Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters defended herself against ethics charges Friday in the court of public opinion. She held an hour-long press conference and PowerPoint presentation to say she has done nothing wrong.
  • Week In Politics: Rangel, Midterms
    Melissa Block talks about the week in politics with Reihan Salam, a blogger at National Review and fellow at the New America Foundation, and Karen Finney, a political consultant and former communications director for the Democratic National Committee.
  • Father Writes About Losing His Daughter In Combat
    Six years ago, Michelle Witmer of the 32nd M.P. Company in Baghdad became the first female National Guardsman killed while serving in Iraq. Now John Witmer has written Sisters in Arms about his daughter's death, his instinct to get his other daughters home, and women in the military.
  • Even Safe Areas Of Afghanistan Are Dangerous
    In northern Afghanistan, a tomato sauce factory is one sign that progress is being made and that locals are living semi-normal lives. But all isn't quite normal: It took eight armored vehicles to bring visitors safely to the factory this week.
  • Violence Haunts Iraq's Youngest Victims Of War
    The war in Iraq has taken a heavy toll on children, many of whom saw their own family members kidnapped, tortured and executed during the brutal sectarian fighting from 2006 to 2008. But there are few services for the country's estimated 4 million to 6 million orphans, and plans to open Iraq's first child-psychiatry clinic have stalled.
  • Medium, And Message, Hold Steady For Amish Paper
    The Budget, a 120-year-old weekly, brings news to Amish communities around the world. Despite the declining newspaper industry, its circulation of 19,000 subscribers has stayed steady for decades. The volunteers who write for the paper, called "scribes," recently gathered in Sugarcreek, Ohio, for journalism training.
  • 'Animal Kingdom': It's A Dog-Eat-Dog World
    You might think the Australian film Animal Kingdom is a nature documentary, but not so much: NPR's Bob Mondello says this vicious, unvarnished crime drama is indeed about the survival of the fittest. But the struggles aren't playing out in the wild. (Recommended)
  • 'Bed Intruder Song' Climbs The Charts
    A man's outrage at his sister's attacker has made its way from the local news onto the pop charts.
  • His Last War Unfinished, Top Sergeant Exits Afghanistan
    As the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy is tested in Afghanistan, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hall reflects on his career and service in the war. Hall retired only to be called back into service in 2009 by Gen. Stanley McChrystal to help turn around the war effort. The general once called Hall "the finest soldier I have ever known."

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