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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Brooklyn Park firefightersIn Brooklyn Park, tight budget spurs unionization effort
    The number of city employees trying to unionize in Minnesota has been rising in the past few years. In the latest report from our Forced To Choose series, we look at cash-strapped Brooklyn Park, which could become the first city in Minnesota with a union representing its part-time firefighters.3:20 p.m.
  • Medical historySurgeon General: Give thanks, pass the family health history around
    The U.S. Surgeon General is encouraging families to create a written record of their medical histories Thursday during National Family History Day.3:24 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving drinksDining with Dara: What to drink with your Thanksgiving dinner
    Even the traditional Thanksgiving meal has a variety of flavors -- savory, sweet, starchy, sage. Add a twist or two, and it can be a challenge to pick the right beverages to serve with the meal. Food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl from Minnesota Monthly has some suggestions to pair with all your holiday favorites.3:54 p.m.
  • Anti-bullying legislationMinn. AG pushes for tougher anti-bullying law
    Attorney General Lori Swanson today urged lawmakers to pass a tougher law modeled after the measure North Dakota adopted recently.5:19 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center plazaProtesters prepare for 'Occupy Winter'
    As winter approaches, fewer than a dozen Occupy MN demonstrators remain after several hundred took over the Hennepin County Government Center plaza nearly seven weeks ago. Organizers are trying to expand the movement into neighborhoods throughout the city — with mixed results.5:23 p.m.
  • Brooklyn Park firefightersIn Brooklyn Park, tight budget spurs unionization effort
    The number of city employees trying to unionize in Minnesota has been rising in the past few years. In the latest report from our Forced To Choose series, we look at cash-strapped Brooklyn Park, which could become the first city in Minnesota with a union representing its part-time firefighters.5:50 p.m.
  • Medical historySurgeon General: Give thanks, pass the family health history around
    The U.S. Surgeon General is encouraging families to create a written record of their medical histories Thursday during National Family History Day.5:54 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving drinksDining with Dara: What to drink with your Thanksgiving dinner
    Even the traditional Thanksgiving meal has a variety of flavors -- savory, sweet, starchy, sage. Add a twist or two, and it can be a challenge to pick the right beverages to serve with the meal. Food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl from Minnesota Monthly has some suggestions to pair with all your holiday favorites.6:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Yemen's President Agrees To Relinquish Power
    Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has flown to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, where he signed an agreement to relinquish power to his vice president. The accord could mark the end of more than 11 months of crisis and violence that has left Yemen on the brink of civil war. Guy Raz talks to Tom Finn, who is covering the story for the Guardian newspaper.
  • Report: Bahrain Used Excessive Force On Protesters
    A special commission in Bahrain has found security forces used acts amounting to torture against protesters during an anti-government uprising earlier this year. But questions remain over what the government — which requested the report — will do with the findings.
  • Could Gingrich Immigration Stance Be Shrewd Move?
    The presidential candidate is getting lots of attention for his remarks about immigration in the latest GOP debate. But his statements are actually in line with the positions of Republicans from years past — Ronald Reagan included — and may help attract Latino votes.
  • Target Shoppers Discuss Store's Black Friday Hours
    Anthony Hardwick, a Target employee from Nebraska, made headlines for his petition drive against the company's plan to open stores at midnight after Thanksgiving. Is it wrong to make employees work right after they finish Thanksgiving dinner? Or is Target simply giving customers what they want?
  • Getting Turkey To The Troops
    Guy Raz speaks with Rich Faso, director of customer operations for the Defense Logistic Agency's Troop Support Subsistence supply chain. Faso is in charge of the effort to get Thanksgiving meals to American troops overseas for the holiday.
  • Robert Johnson And Pablo Casals' Game-Changers Turn 75
    Two hugely important recordings, made by pivotal musicians an ocean apart, were made on the same day in 1936.
  • AP Reporter Discusses Hezbollah In Lebanon
    Guy Raz talks to Associated Press reporter Adam Goldman about the ongoing story of Hezbollah and the CIA spy network in Lebanon.
  • Is An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack A Threat?
    At Tuesday night's GOP presidential candidate debate, the last question was: What national security issue do you worry about that nobody is asking about? Answers ranged from socialist rebels to communist China to cyber attacks to joblessness. But Newt Gingrich mentioned a threat that certainly has not been talked about this campaign season: an electromagnetic pulse attack. Guy Raz talks with Noah Shachtman, who writes on national security for Wired magazine, about this potential national security threat.
  • Defense Workers Lobby To Prevent Automatic Cuts
    Even as Congress' deficit-reduction supercommittee ran into a dead end this week, the resulting mandatory spending cuts were immediately targeted by interest groups and sympathetic lawmakers. No interest group stands to lose more than the defense industry.
  • Pentagon Faces Significant Cuts
    The Pentagon faces significant cuts in its budget — no matter whether the congressional supercommittee succeeded or failed at finding more ways to reduce the federal deficit. The military plans to cut nearly $500 billion from its budget. One place to look for cuts: in the Army and also the Air Force's stealthy and pricey F-35.

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