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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Merger target?WSJ: Northwest talking deal with Delta
    The revelation from the Wall Street Journal came on the day when US Airways increased its offer in a hostile takeover bid for the Atlanta-based Delta Airlines.6:45 a.m.
  • A little math helpNo Child Left Behind at 5: Legislators say it's not working
    The law is designed to close the achievement gap between different groups of students, and make all students proficient in reading and math by the year 2014.6:52 a.m.
  • Digging in for a longer stayMinnesota National Guard mission in Iraq extended
    The president's escalation of the war in Iraq will come from extending the tours of some National Guard units, including one based in Minnesota.7:19 a.m.
  • Final huddleSoldier's brother reacts to new Iraq strategy
    James Berka's brother Joel is in the U.S. Army. Joel is on his second tour of duty in Iraq. James offers his reaction to President Bush's new strategy for Iraq and talks about what his brother has observed during his time overseas.7:23 a.m.
  • Reality. Really?
    The new season of "American Idol" premieres next week on the Fox Network with two hours of highlights from its first-ever auditions in Minneapolis. The blockbuster reality-TV/talent show is entering its sixth season, but the genre is becoming crowded as programs such as "America's Got Talent" and "Dancing With the Stars" turn relative unknowns into national celebrities. And last Sunday, NBC premiered "You're the One that I Want," a new show that will publicly cull through a couple dozen would-be Sandys and Dannys to find the leading players for a new Broadway production of the musical "Grease." Arts commentator Dominic Papatola is with us morning to talk about the intersections -- if any -- between art and reality TV.8:22 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Bush Admits Problems in Iraq, Plans Troop Increase
    In his speech from the White House on Wednesday night, President Bush laid out what he called a new plan for the U.S. mission in Iraq. He said he's sending more than 20,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq.
  • Fort Lewis Soldiers, Community React to Iraq Plan
    In the military community of Fort Lewis, Wash., there appears to be little interest in, or support for, President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq.
  • New Orleans Struggles to Cope with Murder Wave
    A recent spate of homicides in New Orleans has some locals reconsidering their decision to stay and rebuild in the Big Easy. Rafael Goyeneche, president of a local crime watch-dog group in New Orleans, talks about the high rate of murders in the city.
  • A Murder Shakes Confidence in New Orleans
    Filmmaker Helen Hill was murdered in New Orleans last week. Her death has undermined hope for the city's future.
  • Bush Speech Receives Little Attention in Europe
    European reaction to President Bush's speech on Iraq was muted as most nations focus on domestic concerns. In Britain, America's strongest ally in Iraq, a changing political landscape means that Tony Blair's government is also quiet on the U.S. plan to increase troop numbers in Iraq.
  • Low-Stress Life May Be Best Way to Prevent Colds
    Some people swear by a jolt of wheat grass or mega-doses of vitamin C or zinc to ward off a cold. But researchers say those dietary supplements, while popular, are unproven. The best preventative medicine so far seems to be a low-stress lifestyle.
  • Defining a New Purpose in Life
    The loss of a spouse can result in unexpected behavior. Sometimes the behavior — such as constant visits to the doctor and hospital — can be a sign of a search for direction in life.
  • Cisco Sues Apple over Use of the iPhone Name
    Apple CEO Steve Jobs wasn't even off the stage from introducing his company's Internet phone, when Cisco Systems filed a lawsuit demanding that he not use the name "iPhone" for his new high-profile product.
  • Bid for Delta Raised, Northwest Enters the Picture
    US Airways has upped its hostile bid for bankrupt carrier Delta Air Lines to $10.2 billion. So far, Delta has snubbed those takeover overtures. Now it turns out that Delta may be talking to Northwest about a merger, another bankrupt carrier.
  • Smart Elevators: A Faster Way Up and Down
    Smart elevators are designed to transform the simple act of traveling between floors in a building. With fewer stops, passengers arrive at their destinations more quickly. But they can also take a little getting used to.

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