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Friday, March 13, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Sid HartmanSports legend Sid Hartman still works his beat at 89
    Star Tribune sports columnist and WCCO radio personality Sid Hartman turns 89 on Sunday and he plans to mark his birthday by doing what he does almost every day -- working.6:20 a.m.
  • Outside the Triple Rock Social ClubMinn. colleges go a year without drinking deaths
    No alcohol related deaths have been reported among Minnesota college students this school year. Last year several college-aged Minnesotans suffered alcohol related deaths and this prompted Minnesota colleges to step up their efforts to curtail binge drinking.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Tom HansonBudget commissioner tells Congress how MN will spend stimulus
    Minnesota Commissioner for Finance and Budget Tom Hanson is in Washington today to discuss how Minnesota will spend its share of President Obama's economic stimulus package.7:20 a.m.
  • Janesville plantJanesville, Minn. hit hard in the ethanol bust
    In the southern Minnesota town of Janesville, a brand new ethanol plant sits idle and unused, a sign of how bad things are in the industry.7:25 a.m.
  • Norm Coleman, Tony TrimbleAn analysis of legal strategies in the Senate trial
    Lawyers for Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are expected to make closing arguments today in the trial over who should be Minnesota's second U.S. Senator. The election contest trial has lasted seven weeks.7:40 a.m.
  • Astra TaylorAstra Taylor takes philosophy to the streets
    A new movie called "Examined Life", screening at the Walker Art Center tonight, aims to bring philosophy, both ancient and modern, to bear on life today.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Protests Direct Challenge To Pakistan's President
    Protesters in Pakistan are trying to reach the capital Islamabad, but are being stopped by police. They are demonstrating against recent moves by President Asif Ali Zardari intended to neutralize his chief political opponents. As the protest gains momentum, it is now seen as a direct challenge to Zardari's government.
  • Building Infrastructure, Security Key For Afghanistan
    The Obama administration is near the end of a major review of the war effort in Afghanistan. Among the priorities are increasing security in the country; developing roads, schools and electricity; and helping the government become more responsible.
  • How Does Economy Compare To Past Downturns?
    Bad economic news seems to come at us from all sides, and we often hear the words "worst since the Great Depression" in reference to things like job losses and foreclosure rates. But it's important to put the current downturn in context.
  • You Really Can Get Something For Nothing
    Finding money scarce? Check out the Really, Really Free Market. The movement started about four years ago during the anti-globalization protests in 2004, as a way to create something positive beyond protests. Everything at the market is free --there's not even any barter.
  • It Takes More Dough To Buy Russian Bread
    Bread has a major place in Russian culture. It's more than just a staple. In Russia's turbulent history it's often been the only thing that's kept people alive. Now this delicious part of Russian life is under threat.
  • FedEx Pay Cuts Spark Union Talk
    With the recession eating into profits, many employers are trying to cut costs however they can. But one union official warns that the general trend of wage cuts will worsen the spiral into an "even greater depression."
  • Misery And Muses On 'The Edge Of Love'
    The wife and the lover of poet Dylan Thomas become unlikely allies in the lushly filmed Edge of Love. Critic Kenneth Turan says in this case, less — of its self-involved characters — might well have been more.
  • GE's Credit Downgrade Reflects Economy
    General Electric lost its AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's Ratings Service, which said crumbling economic conditions could worsen credit losses at GE Capital. Still, the one-notch downgrade was less severe than many had feared, and that in turn, helped bolster the stock market.
  • Are Ethic Lapses Responsible For Bad Economy?
    What role has ethics — or the lack of it — played in the current economic downturn. Sandra Sucher, who teaches ethics at Harvard Business School, talks with Linda Wertheimer about how the school is training students not to repeat the mistakes of others.
  • Stewart's 'Daily Show' Chastises CNBC's Cramer
    Fake newsman John Stewart has been slamming the media for its reporting leading up to the financial crisis. Stewart has taken special aim at the business channel CNBC and one of its hosts. Jim Cramer, of "Mad Money," appeared on Stewart's show Thursday night. The two did agree that finance reporters should ask tougher questions.

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