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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Michael BrodkorbBrodkorb sues over firing; alleges wrongful dismissal
    The Minnesota Senate is being forced to answer a lawsuit that claims a former staffer was wrongfully dismissed. Michael Brodkorb is suing for wrongful termination, invasion of privacy and defamation of character.6:50 a.m.
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann reacts to health care rulingWhy few Republicans will criticize Michele Bachmann
    The congresswoman has caused a firestorm with unsubstantiated claims that U.S. government officials have close ties to a group she says wants to impose Islamic law in America. But many in her party want to change the subject.7:20 a.m.
  • Duluth floodingProfessor calls for flood mitigation in Duluth
    In the aftermath of the Duluth flood disaster, officials are rebuilding ruined streets and other infrastructure, but a University of Minnesota Duluth professor sees an opportunity for his community to rebuild more than roads.7:40 a.m.
  • Corn droughtDrought takes toll on corn crops in southwest Minnesota
    In some parts of Minnesota, crops continue to deteriorate because of hot, dry weather. The worst-hit areas of southwest Minnesota have corn fields that will yield half the crop that had been expected -- or less.8:25 a.m.
  • Circle of life plays out on Minnesota lakes
    Summer is more than half over, but there's still plenty of time to make it to the lake in warm weather. It's the kind of trip that evokes a timeless sense of tradition in this state. MPR essayist Peter Smith explains that something, with the help of some music.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Border Battles A Cat-And-Mouse Game In Syria
    Much has been made about the rebel takeover of Syrian border towns in recent days. NPR's Kelly McEvers spent last week with anti-government rebels, in rural territory they hold near the Turkish border. The second part of her series on that trip begins in a town where fighting shows that while the rebels are gaining ground, the Syrian regime still has them outnumbered.
  • Romney's Foreign Agenda: Listen, Learn, Olympics
    The Republican candidate, a man with a lot of domestic policy experience, is now trying to demonstrate his proficiency with international affairs. Aides stress that the journey to the U.K., Israel and Poland will include little in the way of political attacks or policy announcements.
  • At Silicon Valley Boot Camp, Perfecting The Pitch
    Second in a three-part series. Only 1 percent of high-tech startups in Silicon Valley are run by African-Americans. The number of women is less than 10 percent. The NewME minority accelerator is trying to change the face of the industry by encouraging, mentoring and training women and minorities to test their ideas in the high-tech and venture capital world.
  • Kenny Chesney's Steamy Summer Jam
    "Come Over" is all about breaking up, but music journalist Danyel Smith says the song is less sad than sexy.
  • The Space Trip That Made Sally Ride A Folk Hero
    The first American woman to go into space died Monday. Sally Ride was 61 and had been battling pancreatic cancer. Her historic trip in 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger made her an instant folk hero.
  • Obama To Vets: Tough Fights Abroad, At Home
    President Obama spoke to the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention Monday. Republican challenger Mitt Romney speaks to the group Tuesday.
  • How To Manipulate People Into Saying 'Yes'
    There's new research on how marketers, managers and public radio pledge drives can better use the "foot in the door" technique to make pitches. New research shows people comply with demands when you start by asking for something unusual.
  • 'Dark Knight Rises' Tops Weekend Box Office
    The Dark Knight Rises was No. 1 at the box office over the weekend. The debut of the latest Batman film was in doubt after the deadly shooting at a midnight showing in Aurora, Colo.
  • Despite Crop Insurance, Drought Still Stings Farmers
    Many farmers carry terrific crop insurance, and the worse the drought becomes, the more individual farmers will be paid for their lost crops. The federal government picks up most of the cost of the crop insurance program, and this year that bill is going to be a whopper.
  • Peet's Coffee Sold For Nearly $1 Billion
    Joh. A. Benckiser is buying the coffee chain that Dutch-born Alfred Peet started in Berkeley, Calif., in the 1960s. The shop inspired Starbucks' founders, and Peet taught them how to roast coffee. Unlike Starbucks, Peet's stayed small, with about 200 stores. The headquarters will remain in northern California.

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