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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • DebrisDear ghosts
    Poet Tess Gallagher's life is filled with ghosts. She's not afraid of them. She believes in embracing them, and learning from them. She pays tribute them in "Dear Ghosts," her newest collection of poems from Saint Paul-based Greywolf Press.4:50 p.m.
  • Mercado CentralBack to Louisiana
    Dr. Jon Hallberg was with a group that helped relieve a badly over-stretched health care system in Louisiana during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Jon went back this fall not to care for patients, but to see how Louisiana health care has changed since the hurricanes and to talk with people in charge of the system.5:20 p.m.
  • Childhood cancer leads to more adult illness
    Adults who survive cancer during their childhood have a higher chance of illness due to chronic conditions. That's the finding a new study conducted at the University of Minnesota, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.5:50 p.m.
  • "Dear Ghosts," poetry written for the dead
    Author Tess Gallagher was inspired by deaths of people who made an impression.5:53 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Small Plane Crashes Into New York Condo Building
    In Manhattan, witnesses saw a fireball at the apartment building on the Upper East Side, where a small plane crashed into a high-rise condominium. Reports indicate that N.Y. Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and one other person were killed, with two other possible fatalities.
  • Bush Defends Iraq, Nuclear Policies at Length
    President Bush defends his handling of security and foreign policy, from the U.S. response to North Korea's recent nuclear bomb test to the war in Iraq. Despite polls that show the Republicans struggling in the midterm elections, the president said his party will hold Congress.
  • Pentagon Defends U.S. Military Policy
    Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, fielded questions Wednesday on the recent North Korean nuclear tests and the battlefield situation in Iraq -- saying neither represented a setback for U.S. policy.
  • Grisham Traces Exoneration of an 'Innocent Man'
    John Grisham says he could never have come up with the story that's chronicled in his first work of nonfiction, The Innocent Man. It's the tragic tale of Ron Williamson, a small-town sports hero from Oklahoma wrongly convicted of murder.
  • Tennessee's Senate Race Is Tighter Than Expected
    The race to replace outgoing Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist is one of the tightest in the country. Polls show that Democrat Harold Ford Jr. and Republican Bob Corker are running neck and neck, despite early predictions that Corker would easily win.
  • Hear the Cyclical Speed of the Velodrome
    Bicycle racer Rick Denman shares the sound of Velodrome racing with us. The wooden sloped track shudders under the weight of a pack of bikes swooshing around. He explains some of the fine points of a sport that once drew huge crowds in this country, and still does in Europe.
  • Large Oil Field Is Found in Belize; the Angling Begins
    Oil has been discovered in Belize, a potential windfall for this poor, underdeveloped Central American country. But there are concerns that the government will mismanage the resource and allow the new oil industry to destroy Belize's pristine wilderness.
  • Living With an Inability to Do Math
    Commentator Daniel Pinkwater has a real problem stemming from childhood: He is incapable of doing mathematics. Teachers called him lazy. But he could read and write like a whiz.
  • U.S. Indicts American in Qaida Video With Treason
    A man born in California is being indicted on charges of treason, accused of appearing in videos promoting al-Qaida. The Justice Department says Adam Gadahn, formerly Adam Pearlman, is the first American to be charged with treason since World War II.
  • Study: More than 650,000 Iraqis Dead from War
    A new study concludes that 650,000 Iraqis have died as a consequence of the war. That's 2.5 percent of the nation's population. The study is based on a sampling method that has drawn some criticism, though critics say more conventional methods of tallying deaths underestimate the toll.

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