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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Politics and positioning in Smithsonian debate
    MPR's Steven John talks to Marianne Combs about the directors of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art's move to show a controversial video pulled from the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.4:45 p.m.
  • Grocery listVolunteers key for independence of aging rural Minnesotans
    Population estimates released this week by the Census Bureau show rural Minnesota is aging faster than urban areas. The data show that two thirds of Minnesota counties are older than the national average.5:20 p.m.
  • Vikings look for shovelers to clean out TCF stadium
    The University of Minnesota will pay people $10 an hour to help dig out TCF Bank Stadium in time for Monday night's Vikings-Bears football game.5:24 p.m.
  • First AvenueChris Osgood on First Avenue's 40th anniversary
    The Twin Cities landmark music venue First Avenue is 40 years old. Since opening its doors in December 1970, the former downtown Minneapolis bus depot has hosted some of the biggest names in rock and roll.5:52 p.m.
  • Shopping at food shelfCensus data sheds new light on poverty
    The most recent data from the American Community Survey shows 7 cities in Minnesota with poverty rates exceeding 20 percent. Midmorning looks at the growth, and the changing face, of poverty in Minnesota and across the nation.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Military, CIA Offer Competing Views On Afghanistan
    The president is set to release an evaluation of his administration's war strategy for Afghanistan. While the administration is expected to conclude that its counterinsurgency strategy is working, there are signs of differences between the military and the intelligence community. Two reports -- National Intelligence Estimates -- are said to be more pessimistic about the mission.
  • At Key Afghan Crossroads: 'Battle Is Done With For The Winter'
    But the situation remains fragile in Marjah, says a BBC reporter who just returned from a reporting trip to the region. The gains that have been made need to be consolidated before spring and the Taliban's traditional return.
  • Retired Executive Helps Inmates Stay Out Of Jail
    Six years ago, retired cosmetics executive Mark Goldsmith got involved in a nonprofit that encourages New York civic leaders to volunteer in schools. But instead of going to a school, he went to a prison. Now Goldsmith runs a nonprofit that helps inmates at Rikers Island prison ace job interviews -- and go after their dreams.
  • Clinton Proposes Revamp Of Diplomacy, Development
    The budget may be tight, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to put diplomacy and development on par with defense. She's proposing to reorganize the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, hoping to triple mid-level officials, rely less on contractors and focus more on, among other things, conflict prevention, food security and women's issues.
  • Speculation Flies Over Holbrooke's Last Words
    Head-scratching ensued this week at reports of the last words from Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Initial interpretations were that he'd pleaded for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, a State Department spokesman took pains to clarify just what was said just before Holbrooke went into surgery for a torn aorta. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Joe Klein, a senior writer and columnist for Time magazine, who was a longtime friend of Holbrooke.
  • Shelby Lynne And Allison Moorer: Musical Sisters
    Lynne and Moorer are sisters with long, acclaimed solo careers, but they've long kept their musical lives separate. For the first time, the two performed a few intimate shows on the road together this fall.
  • Yale Returns Machu Picchu Artifacts To Peru
    After nearly 100 years, a collection of antiquities from the Inca site of Machu Picchu is going home. The artifacts have been at the center of a long and bitter custody battle between the government of Peru and Yale University.
  • Tom Waits And Neil Diamond Score Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nods
    The Hall's class of 2011 also includes Dr. John, Darlene Love and Alice Cooper.
  • Obama, CEOs Discuss Ways To Spur Growth
    President Obama met with a group of the nation's top business leaders on Wednesday, hoping to mend fences with a constituency he's been at odds with. Now, the president wants to work with the business community to boost employment and economic growth.
  • UPS Chief Discusses Meeting With Obama
    Robert Siegel talks with Scott Davis, the chief executive of UPS, who attended the president's meeting Wednesday with other CEOs of major corporations. He says businesses want to see growth stronger than 2.5 percent before they really start hiring again. At the same time, he says, there was wide agreement at the meeting that the economy has improved a lot over the past two years. Davis says that for UPS to hire, more exports are key.

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