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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Elle and Dan WoogHockey officials, parents place greater emphasis on reducing injuries, concussions
    As Minnesota's top high school hockey teams take the ice during the state hockey tournament, there is greater emphasis to reduce the kind of play that can lead to concussions and other serious injuries.5:35 a.m.
  • Moorsand McCumberArt Hounds: Hebrew Lesson, White Noise, Moors and McCumber
    This week's hounds were captured by a one-woman show about her first trip to Israel, a collection of paintings which take the viewer on an ethnic grocery store adventure, and a folk duo which favors storytelling over confessional songs.8:25 a.m.
  • Why are beef prices on the rise?
    Each week we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities, to find out what's going on in their area. Today, Mark Steil fills us in about the southwestern part of Minnesota. One of the stories he's been following is the big jump in beef prices at the grocery store.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Urges Incentives For Alternative-Fuel Vehicles
    President Obama was in North Carolina Wednesday, dropping in on a factory that makes big-rig trucks. Some of those trucks are powered by natural gas, and Obama took the opportunity to propose new tax incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles.
  • How Far Apart On Iran Are GOP Candidates, Obama?
    In some respects, the Republican presidential candidates' proposals aren't that far off from what the Obama administration is already doing. Still, there are some key differences: how much emphasis to place on talks; how closely to align U.S. views with Israel's; and how to signal that military options remain on the table.
  • 'Lifespan': What Are The Limits Of Literary License?
    When an intern accused author John D'Agata of embellishing the facts in an essay, the two began wrestling over the writer's responsibility to the truth, and even the meaning of truth itself. The Lifespan of a Fact is the real-life record of their debate (or is it?).
  • A Bestselling Book Becomes An HBO Movie About A 'Dynamic Moment'
    Commentator Eric Deggans says the HBO film Game Change, based on a much-discussed book about the 2008 campaign, may inform the way we see the 2012 election.
  • With Radiation, Doubt Grows In Fukushima Farms
    Radiation still leaks from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan after last year's meltdowns. The continuing threats from the disaster go beyond contamination: For farmers, uncertainty can also be toxic.
  • Japanese Uneasy With State Of Nuclear Regulation
    Japan has relied on nuclear power for nearly a third of its energy needs. Since the nuclear meltdown last year, only two of the country's 54 reactors are active. Steve Inskeep talks to Ken Cukier, of The Economist, about how businesses are faring since the nuclear crisis.
  • E-Book Pricing Fixing Accusations May Bring Lawsuit
    The Justice Department is threatening to sue Apple and five major publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of digital books. Apple persuaded publishers, including Harper Collins, Penguin and Simon and Schuster, to change how they price their e-books before the launch of the first iPad, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Apple: Latest iPad Leads Post-PC Revolution
    Apple head Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad at an event in San Francisco Wednesday. The iPad will have a higher resolution screen, an HD camera and a faster processor. Cook is pushing for a world were people carry iPads and iPhones instead of owning desktops and laptops.
  • Creditors Face Deadline In Greek Bond Swap
    The bond swap that will cut Greek debt by at least 50 percent is set to be the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history. Private creditors will take up to a 70 percent loss on their bonds, which is why some of them are balking at the offer. But because many of the creditors are also pension funds, the loss will also trickle down to Greek retirees.
  • Spanx Founder Makes 'Forbes' Billionaire List
    Forbes magazine has released its 25th annual billionaires list, and holding down the top spot again is Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu. But there are some newcomers like American Sara Blakely. The 41-year-old founder of Spanx, the body-shaping undergarment company, is the youngest self-made woman to join the club.

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