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Thursday, March 23, 2006

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  • Sean, age 4Ralph Arlyck is "Following Sean"
    In 1969, documantarian Ralph Arlyck caused controversy with a short film about a 4 year old boy who said he smoked pot. Thirty-five years later, Arlyck returned to find out what had happened to the boy. The result is a new film, "Following Sean."6:50 a.m.
  • Brent Runyon'The Burn Journals:' To the brink of suicide and back
    When Brent Runyon was just 14, he soaked his bathrobe in gasoline, stepped into the tub and set himself on fire. The story of his suicide attempt, his painful recovery and self-discovery is told in his memoir "The Burn Journals," the latest selection in the Talking Volumes regional book club.6:55 a.m.
  • Johnson target of ethics complaintGOP files ethics complaint against Dean Johnson
    Republican state senators filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Democratic Majority Leader Dean Johnson, assuring the controversy over his gay marriage comments won't fade anytime soon.7:20 a.m.
  • Amending state constitution is not uncommon
    A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions is one of several consitutional amendments under consideration at the Legislature this year. To better understand the amendment process, we talked with Fred Morrison, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • Monica BoguckiTaking Legal Aid on the road to Hennepin County Medical Center
    Legal aid lawyers have opened a clinic at the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to help those who need legal assistance. The idea is that people who are at HCMC probably have more than a few emergencies in their lives and could use some help navigating the legal system.7:50 a.m.
  • Many candidates want to replace Rep. Martin Sabo
    The field is already crowded with candidates vying to replace U.S. Representative Martin Sabo. DLFer David Brauer, a longtime observer of Minneapolis politics, discusses the race.7:55 a.m.
  • Minnesota Opera's next season includes "Grapes of Wrath"
    The Minnesota Opera's upcoming season will include a production of "The Grapes of Wrath," an adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel set during the Great Depression. Altogether, the Opera will perform five productions, ranging from the classical period of Mozart to the present day.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • ETA Bows to Changed Political Landscape with Cease-fire
    The Basque separatist group ETA bows to a changing political landscape in Spain -- where political solutions have become more effective than violent solutions -- and announces a permanent cease-fire. The announcement apparently ends a decades-long campaign of violence against the government in Madrid. Renee Montagne talks to reporter Jerome Socolovsky.
  • U.S. Weapons Sanctions Against Iran Draw Mixed Reviews
    The Bush administration has relied on sanctions in its efforts to block foreign companies from selling anything to Iran that could be used to develop nuclear or chemical weapons. Many critics question whether such sanctions are effective, and some say they're actually counterproductive.
  • Film Revives Cowboy's Matchmaking Business
    In Casas Grandes, Mexico, lives one of the great characters of the borderlands -- an old horse trainer who arranges marriages between lonely American men and willing Mexican women. He's now the subject of a documentary film called Cowboy del Amor.
  • Chicken Stuffing is Million-Dollar Idea
    Anna Ginsberg had no idea when she tried using frozen waffles as stuffing for chicken that she'd get a million dollars for the recipe. The Austin, Texas, woman says she's still shocked that her name was called out as this year's Pillsbury Bake-Off winner.
  • Mid-Majors Make Their Mark on NCAA Tournament
    The Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament is here. The tournament, so far, has been filled with upsets by schools such as George Mason, Bradley and Wichita State. Jonathan Ahl of member station WCBU reports.
  • Caregiver Role Brings Purpose -- and Risk -- to Kids
    More than a million kids provide care for a sick or disabled family member in the United States. Sickness and caregiving can rip open the rawest emotions between children and parents, but the experience can also make families stronger.
  • Workers Skeptical of GM Buyout Offer
    General Motors and Delphi, its former subsidiary, will offer early retirement and buy-out packages to more than 100,000 workers. In a deal negotiated with the United Auto Workers union, GM will offer incentives ranging from $35,000 to $140,000 each. While some workers said they were waiting to see the details, many said they doubted the package was attractive enough to induce them to retire. Jerome Vaughn of Detroit Public Radio reports.
  • Biggest SUVs May Face Fuel Economy Standards
    The Bush administration is considering a requirement that some of the biggest SUVs meet fuel economy standards for the first time. Vehicles weighing between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds have been exempt from the standards. If regulators change the rules, automakers would likely have until 2011 to meet the new targets.
  • Peace Group Grateful for Rescue of Iraq Hostages
    The rescue of three Christian peace activists held hostage since last November comes as an enormous relief to their colleagues. Renee Montagne talks to Anita David, a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Baghdad.
  • President Continues Iraq-Talk Marathon
    President Bush says he intends to continue explaining to Americans why he's optimistic about America's involvement in Iraq. After five-straight days of appearances talking about Iraq, the president shows no signs of slowing down. He's planning another speech next week, and aides are setting up others for next month. Renee Montagne talks to Juan Williams.

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