Most memorable stories of 2008 Over the course of a year, Minnesota Public Radio's reporters, producers and hosts talk to hundreds of people from all walks of life. Some make a bigger impression than others. Some stories involve a behind-the-scenes challenge. MPR journalists each selected a story or show that was the most memorable for them.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israeli Gaza Bombing Continues; Deaths Near 350
Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip for a third day Monday. The death toll in Gaza surpassed 300, with at least 1,000 wounded. U.N. officials say more than 80 of the Palestinian dead are civilians. Two Israeli civilians are known to have died so far in Hamas rocket attacks.
News Producer Describes Situation Inside Gaza
The Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip is causing people to panic, says Ahmed Abu Hamda, a news producer for foreign news organizations, including NPR. He says that Monday's air attacks went on almost continuously from midnight to 7 a.m., but after that it wasn't as heavy.
In Egypt, Ire At Government Over Gaza Grows
Egyptians are increasingly angry with their government for refusing to open up the border with Gaza. Egyptian and Hamas security forces exchanged fire at the frontier Sunday after Hamas tried to force open the border. Cairo has dispatched additional security forces.
Video Gaming Industry Finds Itself Recession-Proof
Omar Gallaga, technology culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, talks about just how the video gaming industry has become such a profitable business. Gallaga says it now occupies a central place in the world of home entertainment.
'Rock Band' Game Amps Up Bar Scene
Bars like Whitlow's on Wilson near Washington, D.C., are drawing crowds with an increasingly popular video game called Rock Band. Players can take the stage as rock stars — singing or playing guitar, drums or bass to their favorite hits.
Video Games As Community-Building Tool
Omar Gallaga, technology reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, talks about the emergence of video games that encourage social interaction and build community.
Gender Barrier Persists At Vancouver Olympics
Ten female ski jumpers from six countries are suing to get into the 2010 games. They argue that the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by staging ski jumping competition that excludes women.
12-Year-Old Fan Of Jazz's Monk Is New 'Dora'
Dora the Explorer has a new voice: Twelve-year-old Caitlin Sanchez has taken over the title role of Nickelodeon's bilingual animated adventure series. The Fairview, N.J., resident plays jazz piano and likes John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
Lions Fan Reflects On Dismal Season
Here's quite possibly the most redundant statement in the history of sports: The Detroit Lions are bad. With a loss Sunday to the Green Bay Packers, the Lions completed the first 0-16 NFL season ever. Longtime and long-suffering Lions fan Leonard Lark weighs in.
In The Bush: Tracking Wild In A South African Park
Ncediso Headman Nogaya, a game guard at Addo Elephant National Park in eastern South Africa, is part tracker, part driver, part educator and fully responsible for his guests in the bush. He takes them through all sorts of weather — daylight and darkness — to see the "big seven" animals.