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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Canada Day picnicCanada looms large in U.S. health care debate
    As U.S. politicians debate what to do about the 47 million Americans without health insurance, in the background of the discussion stands another country's health care system: Canada's single payer health system.7:20 a.m.
  • Knutson familyState park visits dip but gas prices may help rebound
    Visits to Minnesota state parks are down so far this year, but officials say that's mostly because of weather. With rising gas prices, some campers are heading to the parks in favor of trips farther away from home.7:50 a.m.
  • Fireworks light up the sky in Arlington, Virginia.Arts with Dominic Papatola
    The Fourth of July weather forecast looks promising, and the long weekend provides ample opportunities for grilling or golfing or... going to see some outdoor art. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola has some suggestions for those who want a little art to go with their fireworks.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • FHA Aims To Curb No-Money-Down Loan Program
    The Federal Housing Administration says homebuyers who receive down payments through nonprofits are more likely to default on FHA loans than homebuyers who put up the money themselves. Supporters of the assistance program are fighting back.
  • Home Prices Drop More Steeply Outside Cities
    In some parts of the country, house prices are dropping faster outside cities rather than inside them. It could be because migration to America's fastest growing areas has slowed in the past year. William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, talks about the housing markets that are cooling fastest, and why.
  • Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays? Debate Goes On
    Centuries later, doubts persist that William Shakespeare penned the works that bear his name. Skeptics include not only scholars but also famous folks, ranging from Orson Welles to Mark Twain.
  • Childhood Home Of George Washington Excavated
    George Washington slept there for years — it's the Virginia house he grew up in. Archaeologists have excavated the house, or what's left of it, and they say they've found artifacts that suggest that the Washingtons started out genteel but fell on hard times.
  • Most Patients Happy With German Health Care
    German health benefits are very generous, and there's usually little or no wait to get elective surgery or diagnostic tests, such as MRIs. It's one of the best health care systems in the world. It's visible in little ways that most Germans take for granted.
  • Oil Prices, Global Worries Drag Down Asian Stocks
    Co-host Ari Shapiro has this morning's business news.
  • June Estimate: 60,000 U.S. Jobs Lost
    The Labor Department releases employment estimates for June on Thursday. As the economy has worsened, consumers have cut back on spending, and job losses have spread through different sectors.
  • Why We Spend More Using Credit Versus Cash
    Why is it that people seem to spend more when they use credit cards than when they use cash? The answer could be rooted in psychology. Robert Frank, an economics professor at Cornell University, talks about how the brain works when it comes to paying for goods, and how people can avoid spending too much of their money.
  • Visa Changes PIN Policy For $25-Or-Less Purchases
    Visa is rescinding a rule that requires merchants to treat Visa-branded PIN-debit cards differently from signature debit cards. Co-host Renee Montagne reports.
  • U.S. Mint Unveils Braille Silver Dollar
    Co-host Ari Shapiro has today's Last Word in business.

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